USA En gruppe jøder forsøker nå å utpresse moren til en kjent amerikansk nasjonalist fordi de ikke liker meningene til sønnen hennes.
Richard Spencer, grunnleggeren av tankesmien National Policy Institute, ble på alvor kjent i amerikansk media forrige måned etter at et fåtall personer gav en romersk hilsen under en tale på konferansen som ble holdt av organisasjonen hans. Spencer har i ettertid mottatt en rekke drapstrusler, og en jødisk journalist gikk så langt som å offentliggjøre Spencers bostedadresse på Twitter sammen med en oppfordring om å møte opp på hans dør med et balltre. Journalisten skal senere har fått sparken for sin oppførsel.
Nå viser det seg at ikke engang hans eldre mor er fritatt fra trakassering og trusler. Spencers mor Sherry Spencer blir nå trakassert og utsatt for regelrett utpressing av en jødisk eiendomsmegler i hennes egen hjemby på grunn av sønnens politiske meninger. Eiendomsmegleren Tanya Gersh, som har tilknytning til to lokale «menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner» i byen Whitefish i delstaten Montana, forlanger at Spencers mor selger hennes kommersielle eiendommer og donerer en sum av salget til en av hennes organisasjoner, samt at hun går ut offentlig og fordømmer sin egen sønn.
To andre kvinner av jødisk herkomst, som begge har høye stillinger i de to «menneskerettighetsorganisasjonene», skal også være involvert i hetskampanjen, som blant annet inkluderer lokale presse og aktivister som grovt trakasserer den eldre kvinnen på henne private Facebook-side og som truer med boikott og demonstrasjoner utenfor hennes kommersielle virksomheter.
Les Sherry Spencers historie nedenfor:
My name is Sherry Spencer, and I am Richard Spencer’s mom. I’m a resident of Whitefish, Montana, and am the proud owner of a beautiful mixed-use facility in town.
It was years ago now that I first broke ground on the building, which features vacation-rental apartments and office spaces. I hired a local architect and builder to bring my ideas to life — and both exceeded my expectations.
I am the sole owner of the facility. It was built, not just with my capital, but with my ideas and sensibility. The apartments even include my original artwork, and the rooftop garden features my ceramic mural, which celebrates the Whitefish Winter Carnival.
In other words, I poured my heart and soul into this project.
The building opened in late 2015, and received wide acclaim from the local press. And the vacation apartments have been enjoyed by people from around the world.
Richard does not own the building, nor has he ever used it for his writing or publishing. Put simply, the building has nothing to do with politics — and it has everything to do with tourism and local businesses.
I had no intention of selling . . . until I started receiving terrible threats in the last couple of weeks.
These threats came from Tanya Gersh, a local realtor with links to “human rights” organizations Love Lives Here and the Montana Human Rights Network.
On November 22, Gersh and I spoke on the phone. She relayed to me that if I did not sell my building, 200 protesters and national media would show up outside — which would drive down the property value — until I complied. Gersh’s other conditions included that I make a public denunciation of my son in a statement written by the Montana Human Rights Network and that I make a donation to this organization from the sale of the property. As Gersh announced on Facebook, she was “spear heading” the campaign.
Gersh followed up on her conditions in a number of emails, which I’ve just made public. She even shamelessly suggested that she act as my realtor! In other words, she and the local “human rights” organizations appeared to seek financial benefit from threats of protests and reputation damage. The same day Gersh first contacted me, I received a sales offer, even though I had not expressed any intention to sell, nor had anything been publicized.
One renter reported to me that Gersh threatened her business with boycotts unless she moved. This renter also alleged that Gersh called her “collateral damage.” As the manager of the property, I employ a number of local maids and other maintenance personnel, who would lose their jobs if I were to sell. More “collateral damage,” I guess.
I never wanted to go public with this story. However, the fact that so many news outlets have reported on it forces my hand.
Whatever you think about my son’s ideas — they are, after all, ideas — in what moral universe is it right for the “sins” of the son to be visited upon the mother?
All I wanted to do with the building was help Whitefish.
The people attacking me claim that “loves lives here.” Now it’s time for them to show it.
Addendum posted on December 17, 2016.
I strongly urge that everyone stays within the bounds of respectful, civilized discussion of this matter by refraining from abusive comments or targeted harassment of any of the parties involved, or their families. I disavow the harassment that anyone faced as a result of these events first being brought to light by the media even prior to this publication of my side of the story. After all, my own family and I have faced — and continue to face — numerous threats and bullying on social media as well.