15 Years Later California College Still Trembling from National Alliance Member’s Editorial
INTRODUCTION by Kevin Alfred Strom: Kudos to Kevin McGuire, whose words published 15 years ago are still making the liars and censors and spineless worms at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Oak Leaf newspaper tremble and apologize. We here present their cringeworthy apology, issued last week, for publishing Mr. McGuire’s “Is Anti-Semitism Ever The Result Of Jewish Behavior?” way back in 2003. We have no idea what sparked this sudden need to address Mr. McGuire’s words, but we do note that standards at the Oak Leaf have fallen precipitously: They misquote figures in the editorial by a factor of a million ( ! ) and they can’t even spell the “anti-Semitism” they claim to be so concerned about.
Neo-Nazi Wrote Oak Leaf’s Worst Column
In journalism, ethical lines can blur when deciding what is suitable to publish under the guise of free speech.
In spring of 2003 an extremely controversial article ran in the Santa Rosa Junior College student newspaper, The Oak Leaf.
Kevin McGuire, an engineering student, authored a piece titled “Is Anti-Semitism ever the result of Jewish behavior?”
The article insinuated that “Jewish Israel” was the biggest terrorist organization in the world and posed the question that perhaps Anti-Semitism was the result of Jewish behavior.
McGuire wrote, “Israel is currently and has been historically involved in a genocidal war against the Arab world. The Zionist Jews believe they are the ‘chosen people’ of God and that the world was given to them and is their possession.”
McGuire’s claims were outlandish, unfounded and flat out lies. Most of his citations were from white supremacist websites, specifically NationalVanguard.org.
McGuire also claimed the “Jewish war of genocide” was being funded by the United States, right off American taxpayers’ backs.
“Since 1973, Israel has officially received $2.5 million in U.S. Foreign aid. Divide that by the current U.S. population and it’s over $5,700 paid per U.S. citizen. On average Israel receives $6.3 billion per year, or $17 million per day,” McGuire wrote.
McGuire moved to Bozeman, Mont. a few years later and ran for the Bozeman school board in 2005 on the platform of a white separatist group, The National Alliance.
He shared the group’s beliefs that public schools were ignoring white children and promoting homosexuality.
In 2009, through his Victory Forever website, McGuire placed advertisements in student newspapers in California and Indiana. Both ads, one appearing in the Lowell High School newspaper in San Francisco on Nov. 13 and the second appearing on Nov. 20 in the Carmel High School newspaper in Carmel, Ind., advertised free music downloads from the website.
In an article written on the Anti-Defamation League’s website, author Erin Entrada Kelly wrote, “According to one of the student newspapers, the Victory Forever website originally had a page offering music by independent artists, including at least one African-American artist. However, between the time when the ads were purchased and when they ran, the site was apparently changed to its present, explicitly white supremacist form.”
In August 2009 McGuire faced a trespassing charge in Kootenai County District Court after he was arrested outside Jimmy C’s bar in Athol, Ida. Bar patrons said he’d been making racist comments, but McGuire told Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies they only wanted him to leave “because I’m white,” according to court documents.
Kristinae Toomians, then 19, was the editor-in-chief who approved publishing the article in 2003. She explained how she and the faculty adviser at the time, Rich Mellott, were stretched thin during the incident, saying “There wasn’t really anyone working at the paper.”
Toomians said towards the end of the semester, there was hardly anyone to help write stories, take photos or work on layout.
“There was a separate journalism writing class that was supposed to feed the paper content, but they didn’t provide much,” Toomians said. “There’s really no good excuse. I was naive and stupid.”
Toomians said Mellott had a hot temper and was difficult to work with; ultimately their relationship ended poorly. She said she was burnt out and the article slipped through the cracks.
Toomians was editor-in-chief as a freshman. “I remember thinking it was a pro-Palestinian piece,” Toomians said. “I essentially put that newspaper together all by myself.”
“I’m 34 now. I was 19 then, with very limited life experience. I knew the letter to the editor would get some backlash, but I didn’t expect the amount of press, vitriol, vandalism, threats, etc.,” she said. “With 15 years of hindsight, I would have never published the letter as submitted.”
Some faculty, including those at the paper, thought the content itself was outrageous, but believed the article was protected under free press and supported The Oak Leaf’s right to publish.
Ed LaFrance, retired communication studies instructor, said, “During the second semester, everyone is fried, stressed out and already burnt on school.” It was a time when tensions were already high on campus, so it was perfect conditions for escalation after the piece ran.
“Could be a student walkout about the Florida shooting. Could be a fight over pay. Could be a battle over parking — All hell breaks loose.” LaFrance said. “As I recall, it happened during second semester. So the ‘essay’ caused flaming emails to individuals and on the distribution list.”
The Academic Senate wanted to punish those responsible for the Oak Leaf’s production by imposing censorship on the paper and a pre-publication review process of all content.
“That’s where I came in. I was not department chair, but I was probably the ‘lead’ full-time faculty member in the area of media,” LaFrance said. “I believe, to my death, in freedom of the press and freedom of speech.”
Toomians described her response to all the anger, outrage and debate that erupted on campus from the opinion piece.
“After it ran, I fought to prevent the administration from applying a pre-publication review process and censorship,” Toomians said. “We published two pages of angry letters in response to the article. One of our staff writers wrote a piece in opposition, and I clarified that the original opinion piece was not from a staff writer and did not reflect the opinions of the paper, staff or the editor.”
In hindsight, Toomians recognizes that running the piece was a bad decision, regardless of whether it was protected speech.
Toomians ended on notes of regret and sadness at the legacy she left in the wake of McGuire’s opinion piece.
“I learned a great deal from the experience, but of course I have many, many regrets,” Toomians said. “I worked very hard, but unfortunately, will only be remembered for publishing McGuire’s piece. It was a very dark, difficult period in my younger years that I’d rather not relive.”
Though the incident marred both the Oak Leaf and SRJC, some positive came out of it.
Anne Belden, current Oak Leaf faculty advisor, has used McGuire’s piece as an exercise in her introduction to journalism courses for the past 14 years to teach students about journalism ethics. And two Oak Leaf editors were given free trips to Israel for student journalists because the sponsoring organization, which mostly recruited from Ivy League schools, thought the Oak Leaf to be an antisemitic publication and wanted to educate its editors.
Here is the take on the incident, published shortly after it happened, of the small independent newspaper Community News:
The entire faculty, the ADL, the Jewish Relations Council, Hillel, and several Rabbis from the Bay Area, descended on the campus, demanding the heads of Toomians and McGuire. In addition, to make sure that the whole world knew about it, Northern California’s Jewish Bulletin published a hit-piece on April 18th, 2003.
In an interview for Community News, Ms. Toomians told me that her world has been turned upside down. Almost in tears, she explained that her whole family has been receiving threats, and they are scared out of their minds. In addition, her car was vandalized and a Swastika painted on it with the words “Nazi Supporter”.
She was called to a meeting, which she was told was among faculty members, herself and Kevin McGuire, to discuss the decision to print “the hate piece”. When she arrived, the entire Jewish community was there, including the ADL, Rabbis, and other usual haters, organized by the ADL. Kevin McGuire was not allowed to be at the meeting to defend himself.
All of the faculty members were besides themselves over this “mistake” that their editor in chief had made. The Jews successfully convinced the college administration that in the future, an oversight panel will check submissions to the paper.
Strange how the Jewish pressure on the paper in 2003 isn’t mentioned at all in last week’s piece on the incident.
Here’s Kevin McGuire’s editorial itself — which is apparently so powerful it is still causing heart palpitations and demands for apologies 15 years later:
Is Anti-Semitism Ever The Result Of Jewish Behavior?
by Kevin McGuire
ISRAEL IS the largest and most dangerous terrorist organization in the world. Israel is currently and has been historically involved in a genocidal war against the Arab world.
The Zionist Jews believe they are the ‘chosen people’ of God and that the world was given to them and is their possession.
The Zionist Jews want to establish a Jewish holy land with no non-Jews present.
They currently occupy Israel but are constantly trying to expand their borders with their superior military power over their Arab neighbors.
No fewer than 2,265 Palestinians have been murdered by the Israelis in the last three years since September 28, 2000.
Many of these victims were children, 22.8% were less than 18 years old and 12.8% (that’s 291 killed) were less than 15 years old (http://www.palestinemonitor.org).
The Israelis carry out these attacks with armored tanks, helicopter gun ships and fully automatic rifles. The Palestinians must defend themselves with rocks. A typical plan of attack involves ramming an Israeli tank through the home of a Palestinian family and shooting anyone who happens to survive, including children. Then, once the cleansing process has been completed, the town is re-occupied with so called “Jewish settlers.”
This attitude of racial hatred and genocide is also reflected in the Torah: “Destroy all of the land; beat down their pillars and break their statues and waste all of their high places, cleansing the land and dwelling in it, for I have given it to you for a possession” (Numbers 33:52,53)
Israel is in violation of far more international laws than Iraq. Although bound by the same laws as Iraq, Israel is ‘allowed’ not only to possess chemical and genocidal race-specific anti-Arab biological weapons, but they also have over 300 known nuclear bombs. These weapons, being held in the hands of proven Israeli terrorists, pose a much greater threat to world peace than all of the other terrorist organizations combined.
This threat is partially to be blamed on us as American citizens, for doing nothing to prevent it. The Jewish war of genocide is being funded by us, the American taxpayers. Since 1973, Israel has officially received $2,500,000,000,000 in US Foreign aid. Divide that by the current US population and it’s over $5,700 paid per US citizen. On average, Israel receives $6.3 billion per year, or $17 million per day. (http://www.sustaincampaign.org).
US aid to Israel makes up a full quarter of the Israeli annual budget. In addition to money, we also supply them with military gifts, such as F16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, gun ships, tanks, machine guns, missiles, and bullets. Without the heavy US aid to Israel that they are currently receiving Israel would no longer be able to continue its program of genocide.
Each of us contributes directly to the Israeli holocaust waged against the people of Palestine and we each personally purchase the intense Arab hatred for America which caused the 9/11 attacks.
American funding of Jewish genocide is not only felt by Arabs in the Middle East. On September 11, 2001 our nation was targeted by Arab terrorists not because they ‘hate our freedoms,’ but because we are supplying the bullets that kill their children. Not only are we forced to pay a serious amount of money to fund the Jewish holy war which benefits America in no way, but American lives are also being sacrificed in service to Israel. Our national ‘leaders’ say nothing, do nothing, and deny the facts. Israel is the most powerful and dangerous terrorist organization in the world and they have hijacked America. Our spineless national ‘leaders’ refuse to even discuss the Israel issue because the Israeli-American lobby in Washington DC, funded by Zionist Jews, is the most powerful lobby in existence, wielding even more power than the NRA.
It is now politically incorrect to question our Israeli policy, because any resistance to demands by Jews is called anti-Semitism — and that is “hate,” the label politicians fear most. Our corrupt weakling politicians know that any mention of the Israel problem will be career suicide. They place their own selfish, greedy career and power interests over our national interests and the interests of the American people.
In closing, here is a 1998 quote from Osama Bin Laden:
“So we tell the Americans as people, and we tell the mothers of soldiers and American mothers in general that if they value their lives and the lives of their children, to find a nationalist government that will look after their interests and not the interests of the Jews. The continuation of tyranny will bring the fight to America, as Ramzi Yousef and others did. This is my message to the American people: to look for a serious government that looks out for their interests and does not attack others, their lands, or their honor. And my word to American journalists is not to ask why we did that, but ask what their government has done that forced us to defend ourselves. It is our duty to lead people to the light.”
Kevin McGuire is a college student in Santa Rosa Junior College and a staff writer of The Oakleaf.
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Source: Oak Leaf, Community News, and National Vanguard correspondents