The Anti-Defamation League is warning that Nazi recruiters may try to take advantage of the scores of anti-tax Tea Parties across the United States today to convince those in attendance to join their cause.
The warning is being issued following monitoring of white supremacist groups by the ADL's Center on Extremism. Their intent, the ADL warns, is to spread racism and anti-Semitism in the United States.
Clearly, African Americans and Jews are among those participating in the Tea Party protests. Hopefully no one is implying that the Tea Party organizers are, themselves, holding the events because they racist or anti-Semitic. One Tea Party organizer who was a guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com, for example, is also a Jewish community activist. A sharp woman who will, no doubt, easily recognize it if a neo-Nazi attempts, as the ADL warns, to take advantage of her event.
But the warning underscores a bigger problem. Whenever the economy sours, there are those who wish to point fingers of blame at others. It's sadly not unusual for one of the targets of those accusations to be Jews.
In fact, back in October, the ADL released as study that found that there was an increase in web postings blaming Jews for the global economic downturn.
Those participating in today's Tea Parties have every right to assemble and make their voices heard in Congress. They fear that, despite assurances to the contrary, the Obama administration's economic stimulus policies will surely lead to an increase in taxes. As a single man living in the state of New Jersey, I certainly share their concerns.
But they need to also be aware of the ADL warning to ensure that others don't infiltrate their gatherings for more nefarious reasons. Yes, even neo-Nazis and white supremacists have the right to free speech in the United States and I for one wouldn't suggest otherwise, especially on this, our Independence Day. But if they show up, they should be exposed for who they are - and challenged by Tea Party organizers.