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The Real Pepe? Wealthy Trump Fundraiser's Assistant Attends KKK Gathering

The Blacks are expected to preside over their annual neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan gathering known as the “Stormfront Summit” this weekend, which is being held at Cumberland Mountain State Park in East Tennessee. 

Pepe Fanjul

José “Pepe” Fanjul, part owner of Fanjul Corporation which owns Florida Crystals. (Getty)

Among the guest speakers this year will be Chloe Black’s ex-husband, former Klansman David Duke, and Rachel Perdergraft, national spokeswoman for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In a Stormfront post last year, Pendergraft praised Chloe for her attendance at last year’s summit, where racists are not known to mince their words. The 2014 keynote speech at the gathering was titled “Death to America.

Chloe Black’s boss, Florida sugar baron José “Pepe” Fanjul, is an influential Republican billionaire who helped raise money for Donald Trump at an exclusive $100,000 per couple event in the Hamptons this summer. Fanjul, an owner of Florida Crystals, has long been aware of Chloe’s racist activities, which have been a matter of public record for years. In federal court documents from 1978, Chloe was listed as the corporate secretary of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Despite knowing about her long history in the Klan, his office told the New York Post in 2010 he had no intention of firing Black after a Southern Poverty Law Center report revealed her racist activities.

Minority Employees “Live Like Slaves”

Klan Couple. Pepe Fanjul’s executive assistant, Chloe Black, used to be married to Klansman David Duke. Chloe was listed in corporate documents as the secretary of Duke’s Klan group.

Why does one of the largest sugar conglomerates in the world continue to employ a woman whose home-based family business involves running the largest and most lucrative hate site in the world?

Maybe it’s really not that big of an issue for this particular company. It seems Chloe Black’s boss has navigated disastrous public relations problems involving his company’s treatment of minorities for decades.

Fanjul has been accused repeatedly of engaging in cruel, deeply-racist business practices against Haitian migrant workers on his company’s sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic. He is accused of treating his black workers “like slaves.”

A 2011 Vanity Fair story compared Fanjul’s abuse of his impoverished black workers to “modern day slavery.”

A 2005 Canadian documentary film, “Big Sugar,” exposed the human suffering caused by the Fanjul’s business. The storyline for the documentary reads: “Going undercover, Big Sugar witnesses the appalling working conditions on plantations in the Dominican Republic, where Haitian cane cutters live like slaves.”

“Workers who live on Central Romano, a Fanjul-owned plantation, go hungry while working 12-hour days to earn $2 (US).”

It seems oddly ironic for Donald Trump to complain that the United States is becoming a “Third World nation” considering the business practices of his fellow billionaire and campaign fundraiser, Pepe Fanjul.

An article in the New Yorker in January stated: “Over the years, the Fanjuls’ operations in the United States have been fined numerous times for endangering their workers, most of whom, until the mid-nineties, were brought in from Jamaica and often housed in Third World conditions. In 1992, a Florida judge awarded a group of guest workers fifty-one million dollars, ruling that companies owned by the Fanjuls and others had dramatically underpaid them.”

Spin Control

After an SPLC investigation in 2008 revealed the Fanjul connection to Chloe Black and Stormfront, the company’s vice president responded in an article in The Palm Beach Post.

“The rhetoric and beliefs of racial and other hate groups are abhorrent to Florida Crystals,” Vice President Gaston Cantens said in an e-mail to The Post. “We are minority-owned and enjoy a wide range of ethnic, racial, religious, lifestyle and political diversity among our thousands of employees. We don’t discriminate on any of these bases and don’t comment on the private lives of our employees.”

In the same article Chloe Black created outrage in the racist movement when she replied to the newspaper in an email stating:

“I am not involved with the Web site and do not agree with extremist or racially prejudiced views.”

It remains unclear if the Fanjul company helped or encouraged Chloe Black to make that statement. What is clear is that her involvement with Stormfront continues and includes traveling to a number of racist events with her husband, promoting the neo-Nazi website around the country. 

Along with attending at least the last three Stormfront Summit conferences, last April, Don and Chloe Black attended a Knights of The Ku Klux Klan annual gathering, known as the Faith and Freedom Conference. In a photo on a Facebook post promoting this major Klan event, Chloe is seen standing behind her husband (who is featured in the middle of the photograph above).

Florida Crystals did not respond to multiple requests for comment. 

Source: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/rss.xml,

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