You can’t have a carnival without a geek, so it’s no surprise that yesterday’s immigration reform rally in Liberty State Park was visited by one of New Jersey’s most vicious and pathetic hatemongers, Hal Turner.
“Visited” isn’t the right word: Turner hired a small plane to circle the park, towing a banner that read: NO AMNESTY — BEANERS GO HOME, with his Web address at the end. “Beaner” being his word for Latinos, I guess. Considering the slurs he routinely launches against blacks, Jews and gays on his shortwave radio show, “beaner” is comparatively mild.
Turner spends his time ranting about “savage Negro beasts,” “bull dykes” and “faggots” from his perch on WBCQ, a shortwave radio network based in Maine. As these profiles from David Neiwert and the Southern Poverty Law Center show, Turner first slithered into view as a supporter of radio bigot Bob Grant, organizing rallies on Grant’s behalf when the old creep was bounced off WABC in 1994 for using racial slurs on the air. Sean Hannity, who succeeded Grant on WABC, made Turner a fixture on his program, always ready to open up the phone lines for “Hal from North Bergen” and giving him air time for such witticisms as “If it weren’t for the white man, blacks would still be swinging from tree” and “the problem with police brutality is that police don’t use it often enough.”
(I’d like to know what company accepted money from Turner to display that banner. I’d love for some enterprising reporter to track him down and ask him why he let his plane be used to display a racist epithet. Maybe if there’s ever an outdoor ceremony honoring Holocaust survivors, this joker could fly around it with a swastika banner trailing behind.)