Skokie was home to a significant number of Jewish people, many of them survivors of the Holocaust. Prior and subsequent history[ edit ] The case began in the local Cook County court, when the Village government successfully sued, under the caption Village of Skokie v.
David Arenberg had everything going for him. He was smart, the son of a research scientist and a teacher. He graduated in from the elite University of Chicago with a degree in psychology, and went on to become a left-wing tenants' rights organizer in New York City for seven years.
But inhe suffered a "personal tragedy" and a "political defeat" that he doesn't want to discuss but that prompted him to leave his organizing work.
Always a moderate drug user, he says, he began abusing cocaine and "generally living a seedy life. But despite that work, and later taking up tenants' rights once more, he continued his drug use and also adopted a new line of work — using computers to engage in sophisticated financial rip-offs.
Arenberg was arrested and jailed briefly for forgery inand became an even more active con man when he was released. Finally, inhe was arrested for driving under the influence. The arrest led to more serious charges of fraud, forgery, identity theft and vehicle theft, culminating in consecutive sentences totaling more than 13 years.
Today, with about four years left to serve, Arenberg, 53, is trying to sort his life out. He sent the Intelligence Report the following account of his experiences as a Jew in a state prison — a harrowing tale of surviving severe prejudice in an unforgiving environment, but also the story of a remarkable journey of self-discovery.
I am always the last person to eat. It's part of a compromise I worked out with the skinheads who run the western state prison complex where I am incarcerated. Under this compromise, I'm allowed to sit at the whites' tables, but only after the "heads," and then the "woods," and then the "lames" have eaten.
I am lower on the totem pole than all of them, the untouchable.
I should feel lucky I'm allowed to eat at the whites' tables at all. Not that there's anywhere else I could eat. The prison yard is broken down into five distinct racial categories and segregation is strictly enforced. There are the "woods" short for peckerwoods that encompass the whites, the "kinfolk" blacksthe "Raza" American-born people of Mexican descentthe "paisas" Mexico-born Mexicansand the "chiefs" American Indians.
Under the strict rules that govern interracial relations, different races are allowed to play on the same sports teams but not play individual games e. They may go to the same church services but not pray together.
But if you accidentally break one of these rules, the consequences are usually pretty mild: Eating with another race, however, is a different story.
It is an inviolate rule that different races may not break bread together under any circumstances. Violating this rule leads to harsh consequences. If you eat at the same table as another race, you'll get beaten down.
If you eat from the same tray as another race, you'll be put in the hospital. And if you eat from the same food item as another race, that is, after another race has already taken a bite of it, you can get killed.
This is one area where even the heads don't have any play. This makes it difficult for me, of course, to fit into the chow hall. Jewsas we all know, are not white but imposters who don white skin and hide inside it for the purpose of polluting and taking over the white race.Senator Jacob Javits, Congressman Emanuel Celler, Leo Pfeffer (Former President of American Jewish Congress or AJC), Norman Podhoretz (member of The Council on Foreign Relations) were behind the Open Immigration Law of It adopted ordinances to forbid a Nazi march and threatened to arrest the Nazis if they tried to march.
This played into the hands of the Nazis, who scheduled a march in Skokie — for May 1, It began as a duty, operated as a mixed blessing for Kings, and wound up as one of the "true, ancient, and indubitable" rights of Englishmen.
From as early as , the defense of the realm rested in the hands of ordinary Englishmen. Under the English militia system, every able-bodied freeman was expected to defend his society and to provide his own arms, paid for and possessed by himself. The Nazi-Skokie story began early in when Collin, head of the National Socialist Party of America in Chicago, applied to the Skokie Park District for a permit to hold a rally in a Skokie park.
Skokie is a northern suburb of Chicago with a population of 66, Skokie's Attempted Nazi March Archive. NSDAP/AO offers books in English and German on National Socialism, Nazism, Third Reich, Schutzstaffel, SS plus swastika flags, war art, posters, and Nazi regalia and Neo-Nazi propaganda.