Civil Rights Activist Leonard Zeskind Examines White Nationalist Movement

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For Immediate Release:
May 21, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
Civil Rights Activist Leonard Zeskind Examines White Nationalist Movement

 The Kansas City Public Library presents Leonard Zeskind for a discussion of his new book Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

 

The most thorough account to date of white supremacy in America, Blood and Politics traces the political strategies that have propelled neo-Nazi skinheads, Holocaust deniers, militias and other factions into a normative social movement that includes prominent citizens among its leaders. Since the end of the Cold War, Zeskind contends a new white nationalism – most evident among anti-immigrant groups – is inspiring recruitment through predictions that whites will lose their majority status, becoming one minority among many.

 

Zeskind is a civil-rights activist and journalist, a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Community and a lifetime member of the NAACP who currently serves as president of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights. He received a so-called “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1998 for his work over three decades to curb the influence of racism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacist groups. He lives in the Kansas City area.

 

Blood and Politics will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies purchased at the event.

 

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is also available.