The city of Paris, Texas is in the news today after two white men were acquitted for the vehicular homicide of a black man. The men drove their pickup truck over victim Brandon McClelland and drug him 70 meters before stopping. After news of the trial hit the town, the New Black Panthers came out bearing arms, and the Aryan Brotherhood showed up with Nazi flags and swastikas.

Is Neo-Nazism on the rise? In the past two weeks Nazi conferences took place in Portland and Seattle with well-known British Holocaust-denier, David Irving, on tour. Anarchists and anti-fascists in Seattle and Portland reportedly shut down these conferences. During the 90s with Bill Clinton in office, Nazism increased significantly. Is this is a taste of what’s to come under Obama?

From CBS: The recent unrest in Paris, Texas, is reminiscent of a tense protest in 1998, when Black Panthers carrying rifles marched through the streets of Jasper, Texas angry over the death of a black man who was dragged by three white men driving a pickup truck. The Ku Klux Klan was also there, waving Confederate flags. One person was arrested.

From CBS: The recent unrest in Paris, Texas, is reminiscent of a tense protest in 1998, when Black Panthers carrying rifles marched through the streets of Jasper, Texas angry over the death of a black man who was dragged by three white men driving a pickup truck. The Ku Klux Klan was also there, waving Confederate flags.

(More pictures from the post-trial protest on CBS.)

I heard Bobbly Seale from the early Panthers speak while touring about a new book and the Chicago 10 movie. He emphasized the need for “the left” to know and rehearse the laws on gun ownership, open-carry and weapon concealment laws. Bobby said the police hated the fact that Panthers knew California gun laws so well they could recite them on the spot, and thereby defended their right to ownership and the right to carry them in public.