Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood
An official organizer of Saturday’s “10-2-10″ march in Washington, D.C., is being accused of racism, anti-Semitism and making anti-patriotic remarks about America.
Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood is listed as the “field director” in charge of organizing Tar Heel participation in the march, according to a North Carolina website promoting 10-2-10.
Gatewood once called Israel a “devilish enterprise,” and speculated that President Obama will be assassinated by “Israel/Jews, ” “white CEOs” or “poor white racists,” says a Los Angeles historian and movie producer.
“When will we unite and have Fox News taken off the air? I do not care if they have a trillion viewers, they are doing everything they can to have President Obama killed,” Gatewood once said, according to David Stein, CEO of Nistarim International Media.
The march will be “one of the biggest progressive demonstrations in decades ” according to the “One Nation Working Together” official website.
Gatewood, the former president of the Durham, N.C., chapter of the NAACP, was reprimanded by then-NAACP president Kweisi Mfume for incendiary remarks he made after the 9/11 attacks.
Gatewood reportedly denounced “the nation’s arrogant calls for blind patriotism, retaliation and hatred,” and denied that the terrorist assaults were “an attack on freedom.”
“Gatewood has a history of racist, anti-Semitic and inflammatory statements,” said Stein.
“I’ve rarely seen a man more driven by race,” Stein told WND. “Blacks can say one thing [when criticizing Obama] and that’s fine. Whites can say the same thing in much softer tones, but that’s not fine,” Stein said. “Whites are ‘bad guys.’”
Stein is a former contributor to the Los Angeles Times.
Gatewood has served as 2nd vice president for the North Carolina NAACP State Conference since 2005, according to his website, curtisgatewood.com.
Gatewood refused to comment to WND on Stein’s allegations and even refused to confirm that he is the NAACP’s field director in charge of planning for the march. He did acknowledge that he was busy working on Saturday’s march.
“You’ll hear from me then,” Gatewood told WND.
Stein’s website, yesbuthowever.com, has posted a lengthy, detailed list of offensive remarks and actions attributed to Gatewood. He characterizes a 2009 rally organized by Gatewood as an “anti-Semitic hatefest” and cites numerous quotations from Gatewood’s Facebook entries and his letters to the editors of various North Carolina newspapers.
Stein noted that in the days before the August “Restoring Honor” rally organized by conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck, many national news organizations chose to focus on an allegedly racist blogger who supported Beck.
“Well, this Saturday is the liberal ‘alternative’ to the Beck event – the NAACP/AFL-CIO co-sponsored ‘One Nation Working Together’ rally in D.C.,” according to Stein. “And guess what? One of the NAACP field directors in charge of the event has said and written things that are so grotesquely racist, anti-Semitic, and inflammatory, they make the ‘Beck rally blogger’ pale in comparison. ”
The 10-2-10 march is being sponsored by several hundred liberal and radical organizations representing labor, race-based, anti-war, environmental, pro-homosexual, pro-illegal immigration and pro-abortion organizations. The list includes ANSWER, NAACP, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Service Employees International Union, UAW, National Council of La Raza, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Green Party USA, and Planned Parenthood.