(updated 04/02/2021). I’ve been replying to requests to have people removed from the Hatewatch, and sometimes that offers an opportunity for offenders to see the collection of their activities (see below for each) and reflect on how it is perceived through other’s eyes. A review also gives me a fresh look at the criteria and correct errors. The one thing I asked to come of this is that people who know the offenders intervene to improve feelings and behaviors. The Hatewatch. New & Improved formed for two reasons: (1) two Kanab area residents went to the Jan 6th Capitol Insurrection Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise and (2) the new trends in characteristics of those shifting to extremism within six months.
What to discuss with offenders:
- Why engaging with FB pages like Kanab Conservative Activism, “KcA”, and others like it is bigotry, harmful, hateful. Five minutes on that page and anyone can see that it is not news, information, discussion, or activism but a platform to propagate misinformation, anger, fear, target individuals. Engaging in any supportive manner shows others that you, too, are a bigot and allows them to continue. The FBI reports that extremists are increasingly using social media for the distribution of propaganda, recruitment, target selection, and incitement to violence.
- How they could have responded differently to the social justice reckoning of 2020. Timing and content, man. Engaging or promoting All Lives Matter and Back the Blue events in response including rolling coal at protesters and taunting them with Trump flags, reducing conversations to Slavery and reparations, blaming victims, what about white people killed by police, what about black people being murdered by other black people, focusing on the often unrelated cases of violence and using language like “thugs”, “terrorists”, and lumping everyone into very different groups (Communists, Antifa, Anarchists, Socialists–these are all very different).
- If you need resources for any of those conversations try
- https://www.usccb.org/reflections-movement-black-lives-blm (4 articles by Catholic Bishops) and
- https://creative-capital.org/2020/06/03/resources-ways-to-support-black-lives-matter/ (list of many resources by topic)
- Target part of your discussion to their employment, which is why it is provided.
REVIEW OF EVIDENCE
Alicia Cram (Kanab, Utah)
(updated 04/02/21) Works at Kanab Elementary, Quality Printing and owns Alicia Cram Photography.
In response to Hatewatch. New & Improved Alicia asks publicly on FB
“They are saying I deserve to be on that list, but for what exactly” . adding
“I haven’t done anything”.
Well, if that were true I’d be at the beach instead of writing this. Alicia regularly engages with the local extremist FB page “Kanab Patriots”, formerly Kanab Conservative Activism (Kanab FB Page “Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Extremists). She supported a post telling Californian liberals that they aren’t welcome in Kanab but Californian conservative refugees are. During the summer of social justice activism, Alicia supported posts of All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter (Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals) and reacted angry to a post of a local business with George Floyd and social justice signs in their windows. When rumors were flying about activity between the Black Lives Matter protesters and counter-protesters, Alicia took to defending Steve Corson who led the counter-protests and himself ends up at the Capitol Insurrection (Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise).
After the election, Alicia encouraged participation in the Stop-the-Steal attack on our democracy, supported a post about the riots and concern for George Floyd just stopped with the election, and promoted posts about disproven election fraud and wrote “it’s not over til it’s over”. After the Capitol Insurrection, Alicia wrote that the Capitol Insurrection was not as concerning as the 8 months of social justice riots, arson, murder and targeting groups and “you haven’t seen angry yet, we’ve had to watch you so called leftist destroy our country for 8 months”.
In response to being exposed, Alicia began posting false information about me stealing signs on local FB Groups Kanab Say it Free and Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave. I’ve got a good 20 pounds on that person and my butt is absolutely flat, come on people!!
Patton Family: Elizabeth, Nathan, Chris & daughter (Kanab, Utah)
(updated 04/01/2021) Recently moved from Nevada and owns Patton Handyman Services with husband.
After seeing the Hatewatch, Elizabeth responded publicly on FB “Why??? We love all people I don’t care where you stand on politics. Your actions are what matter. My family is a melting pot of every race and I feel disgusted by her accusations. This is not who we are!” Now, the entire Patton family was on the Hatewatch and a few quick discussions with Christopher Patton on March 9, 2021, resulted in the removal of him and his daughter that same day. Elizabeth and their son, Nathan, remain. This is why they remain:
Elizabeth regularly engages with the local extremist FB page “Kanab Patriots”, formerly Kanab Conservative Activism (Kanab FB Page “Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Extremists). She contributed to devolving a post about why black lives matter in a discussion minimizing slavery in the US including writing “why not, everyone else is [a victim]” and supporting a response that we can all blame our current failures on the Vikings (Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals). The Patton’s are entrepreneurs and yet she mocked the posted sale of a local business with a Trump Bye-Bye gif. She reduced the call for social justice and black lives matter to supporting posts of All Lives Matter; white, law-abiding lives matter; BLM will peter out. After the election, Elizabeth encouraged participation in the Stop-the-Steal attack on our democracy.
(added 04/01/21) Nathan Patton remains because he did not just attend a Trump Cruise like his father and sister who had no verifiable evidence of knowledge of the content of the signs or attendees. Nathan was present when Robert Brissette coughed on Black Lives Matter demonstrators (https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/trump-supporter-coughs-on-blm-protestors-in-kanab-utah), spoke with Robert afterward, claimed that demonstrators harassed him over his flags while he was at Samco, and subsequent weeks made several passes during rallies with his flags mounted on his truck. Elizabeth, his mother, contacted me about the flags and the behavior of demonstrators. She reported that he had a US Flag and a POW flag. I assured her that I would speak with demonstrators but I could not imagine them doing anything because we are all offspring of veterans or are veterans and have POW signs ourselves. No evidence exists that Nathan was harassed. His attendance of future events with Brisette knowing of that assault and the comments made, with Steve given the signs which Steve Corson displayed of extremist rhetoric, Steve’s subsequent attendance at the Capitol Insurrection (Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise), is sufficient to keep Nathan on Hatewatch. Elizabeth was advised to model better behavior for her son and fails to heed that advice with increased engagement with “Kanab Patriots” extremists (Kanab FB Page “Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Extremists) and now Nathan’s engagement with them and Christopher’s false reporting that his whole family is on the Hatewatch weeks after I told him they were removed.
Tina & Jeff Collins (Kanab, Utah)
Recently moved from California, employment unknown.
In response to seeing the evidence below with my explanation that the “thank a white man” post was the worst I’d seen so far, they explain that I am misrepresenting what bigotry is by only picking out a few things out of context. That their comments and posts actually support the rights of “ALL” people being treated properly and that includes black people. Then they defend their “thank a white man” post with this:
“The posts that you forwarded would only meet those bigotry criteria if you pull a few words from their entirety to meet your narrative. The quote that you referenced actually says “If you’re black and not a slave then thank a white man”. It doesn’t just say, “thank a white man”. So to put it in context the countries leaders at that time were white and they are the ones that voted to abolish slavery. “
I’m at a loss here.
Susan Bunting Erickson (Kanab, UT)
Susan posts her employment as RN at the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, which is concerning given her support of anti-mask rhetoric, Bundy’s People’s Rights Movement, and racism. Susan engages with local extremists FB page “Kanab Patriots” (Kanab FB Page “Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Extremists) and supports racism posted in local private FB group Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave (Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals).
A concerned citizen reported that they received an unconcerned and almost shaming response from the Kaibab Paiute Band of Indians when he contacted them about his concerns for Susan working with their Tribe. I have not received a reply from my email to them.