White supremacist in court charged with attacking black man

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Admitted white supremacist Ricky Hawkins eyeballed Local Eight News Reporter Mario Boone with a stoneface in Anderson County Criminal Court Friday. Hawkins was there with his lawyer William Pratt answering charges he viciously beat Michael Gipson with a baseball bat.

The reason, according to a sheriff's arrest report, Gipson has a white girlfriend. That was enough to tick off Hawkins, a lieutenant in the Aryan Nation skinhead gang.

Deputy Rick Coley writes he saw Hawkins hit Gipson twice while yelling "shut up n-word." When asked why Hawkins attacked the victim, he allegedly replied, "that n-word used to date that white woman."

In court Hawkins made no effort to hide his beliefs. His arms are covered in Aryan Nation tattoos.

And this isn't Hawkins' first brush with the law. He was locked up for assaulting the same man last July. Hawkins also has drug convictions in Georgia.

As for Gipson, we tracked him down in a Lake City motel. He declined comment.

Hawkins left the courthouse without commenting also. He told a judge that he's not guilty of the charges.


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  • by Levon Location: Ghetto on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    He should of attacked the white girl.
  • by REE Location: Missouri on Oct 9, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    Evidently the black thought Whites were supreme - he did have a White GF....
  • by Annis Location: Tennessee on Oct 8, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    Why are White people the only group whose members can be called "supremacist"? What is a White supremacist? Since we are having diversity forced upon us in what way can we fight miscegenation? Name any news outlet or Congressman who has addressed the issues of miscegenation. Since White people are subjected to certain rules of speech and action that never apply to other races how are we expected to oppose what is being done to us? The term "White Supremacist" is used by news agencies such as CBS even though it would never refer to Jesse Jackson as a Black Supremacist or Alan Dershowitz as a Jewish Supremacist. How is this fair? Eric Holder admitted before Congress that hate crime laws apply ONLY to White people. No doubt the "terms of service" on this page apply only to White people as well. No wonder we don't consider diversity to be such a good thing. Its not good for us.

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