If you missed it this weekend, you need to read this story from Triad City Beat about a group of “tea partiers, patriot groups and other conservative activists” whose recent meeting included discussions of “killing the hell out of” Muslims and “taking people out.”
Jordan Green attended the meeting Thursday night in Kernersville. From his story:
“The 20 or so people who attended the meeting at Captain Tom’s Seafood needed little convincing from presenter Tom Jones, who soldiered through frequent interruptions about supposed Muslim treachery paired with testimonials about preparedness for violent confrontation and even expressions of readiness to kill Muslims.
“Do you have any recommendations as to how we could stop this?” asked Frank del Valle, a Winston-Salem resident whose Facebook page identifies him as a retired federal employee and native of Cuba, near the end of the hourlong presentation. “Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out them.”
Del Valle’s outburst spurred a variety of responses from the group.
Robert Goodwill, who identified himself as a member of the national security advocacy group Act for America, took an optimistic tack with the recent election of Donald Trump, adding, “We’re on our way.”
“Another man, who did not identify himself, said, “I want to start doing something instead of talking about it all the time.” He added, “I’m in a group. I’m not going to tell you what group I’m in.”
While some at the meeting didn’t agree with Del Valle’s comments or said they were “we’re not there yet,” the discussion encouraged hostility not just toward radical Islamic terror groups but Muslims generally.
Del Valle’s comments about “killing the hell” out of Muslims were preceded by a warning from Jones about that the true danger to the United States is not necessarily al-Qaida, ISIS and other outwardly extremist groups that carry out spectacular acts of violence that garner widespread media coverage. People should be more concerned about Muslims who appear to be moderate and integrated into American society, he said.
The state’s largest newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, followed Green’s story after the Council on American-Islamic Relations responded to it with calls for an investigation by state law enforcement and the FBI.
“Calls to violence against members of any minority group warrant a criminal investigation by state law enforcement authorities and the FBI,” said National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a prepared statement. “We call on President Trump to repudiate the growing bigotry in our nation targeting Muslims, Hispanics, refugees and other minority groups.”
Triad City Beat is an alternative weekly based in Greensboro that reports on the Triad cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. Their investigative pieces and commentary often tackle state and national issues as well.