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November 12, 2015 3

Anti-Immigrant Activists Make Common Cause With Extremists

In a col­umn this week for the National Review, Mark Kriko­rian, head of the anti-immigrant think tank Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies, attempted to defend Kansas Sec­re­tary of State Kris Kobach from crit­i­cism by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter and oth­ers for hav­ing attended an anti-immigration event with racist ties by por­tray­ing the event as innocuous.The event, The Social Con­tract Press Writ­ers Work­shop, was held in Wash­ing­ton, DC, in late October.


Mark Kriko­rian

How­ever, the Work­shop does have ties to extrem­ists. To demon­strate this, one need look no fur­ther than one of the key fig­ures behind The Social Con­tract Press itself: Wayne Lut­ton. Lut­ton, the edi­tor of the Press’s main pub­li­ca­tion, The Social Con­tract, for many years has been a promi­nent fig­ure in the white suprema­cist movement.

While not edit­ing The Social Con­tract, Lut­ton sits on the board of the New Cen­tury Foun­da­tion, a white suprema­cist “think tank” run by Jared Tay­lor of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist web­site. Both the Foun­da­tion and the web­site pro­mote ideas of alleged racial dif­fer­ences in intel­li­gence, sup­port the notion of a “white iden­tity,” and oppose mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and diver­sity. Lut­ton has also spo­ken at Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ences, as well as con­fer­ences of the bla­tantly white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. In addi­tion, Lut­ton has served on the board of the Charles Mar­tel Soci­ety, which pub­lishes the racist and anti-Semitic jour­nal Occi­den­tal Quar­terly.

Attend­ing the Writ­ers Work­shop was not the first time Kobach has turned a blind eye towards the extrem­ist ties of some of his fel­low anti-immigration activists. In 2012, for exam­ple, Kobach par­tic­i­pated in an anti-immigration panel at the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence along­side Robert Van­der­voort, the head of the anti-immigrant group Pro-English but also the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renaissance.

Anti-immigrant agi­ta­tors all too fre­quently give a pass to extrem­ists, so long as they share the same anti-immigrant views. Indeed, the fact that Kriko­rian, in his defense of Kobach, neglected to men­tion Lutton’s extrem­ist ties is not surprising—because Kriko­rian turns the same blind eye him­self. Kriko­rian not only spoke at  The Social Con­tract Press Writ­ers Work­shop this year, but in 2013 he also con­tributed an arti­cle to Lutton’s publication.

The real­ity is that Lutton’s Press serves as a bridge between extrem­ists and more osten­si­bly main­stream fig­ures in the anti-immigrant move­ment. The Social Con­tract fre­quently fea­tures white suprema­cists along­side anti-immigrant fig­ures in its pages. Its Writ­ers Work­shop often invites main­stream but prob­lem­atic fig­ures to its events. The Kansas Sec­re­tary of State is one such figure.

Kobach is known for his anti-immigrant views and has drafted some of the harsh­est anti-immigrant laws in the nation. He also has pro­moted the con­cept of self-deportation, the idea that states should put in place poli­cies and prac­tices that make life so dif­fi­cult for undoc­u­mented immi­grants that they will leave the United States “voluntarily.”

Through its jour­nal and con­fer­ences, The Social Con­trast Press tries to main­stream big­otry by fea­tur­ing well-known anti-immigrant fig­ures to give their venues an air of legit­i­macy. But when fig­ures such as Kobach and Kriko­rian lie down with the Press, they only show how immod­er­ate they them­selves are.


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November 10, 2015 0

Virginia White Supremacists Arrested; Plot Against Jews Alleged

Ronald Chaney from Facebook

Ronald Chaney (Facebook)

FBI agents have arrested three east­ern Vir­ginia men on weapons and rob­bery con­spir­acy charges in con­nec­tion with an alleged ter­ror­ist plot to attack Jew­ish and African-American reli­gious insti­tu­tions and con­duct “acts of vio­lence against per­sons of the Jew­ish faith.”

The three men, Robert Cur­tis Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III, charged with con­spir­acy to pos­sess firearms despite felony con­vic­tions, and Charles Daniel Hal­der­man, charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit rob­bery, are white suprema­cists with past crim­i­nal records. They all are from the greater Rich­mond area.

Accord­ing to crim­i­nal com­plaints, a meet­ing took place at Doyle’s house in Sep­tem­ber “to discuss…shooting or bomb­ing the occu­pants of black churches and Jew­ish syn­a­gogues.” Doyle allegedly dis­cussed crim­i­nal acts they could employ for get­ting money with which to carry out their plans, includ­ing rob­bing and killing a jew­elry dealer, com­mit­ting an armored car rob­bery, and attack­ing a gun store owner. The pro­ceeds would allegedly be used to buy land and weapons and to train “for the com­ing race war.”

The fol­low­ing month, Doyle and Chaney allegedly met with an under­cover FBI agent to pur­chase weapons and explo­sives from the agent. FBI agents arrested the three at their homes on Novem­ber 8.

All three sus­pects have lengthy crim­i­nal his­to­ries, includ­ing crimes of vio­lence. Chaney, for exam­ple, pleaded guilty in 2006 to a num­ber of charges related to an attempted rob­bery and sub­se­quent shootout with the intended vic­tims. He was released from his most recent prison stay in the spring of 2015.

The men may have met in prison, where all were des­ig­nated by prison offi­cials as white suprema­cists while in cus­tody. Accord­ing to the FBI, the sus­pects were adher­ents of a white suprema­cist vari­ety of Asatru­ism. Asatru is the most com­mon name given to the mod­ern revival of ancient Norse pagan­ism. Most Asatru­ists are not white suprema­cists, but a minor­ity are, often refer­ring to them­selves by terms such as Odin­ists or Wotanists.

Hal­der­man and Doyle both have Asatru tat­toos, as well as white suprema­cist tat­toos, while Chaney iden­ti­fies him­self as Asatru­ist on his Face­book profile.

White suprema­cists have been involved in many of the right-wing ter­ror­ist con­spir­a­cies and acts in recent decades.   Many white suprema­cist ter­ror­ist plots and acts involve attacks against Jew­ish tar­gets, as most white suprema­cists view Jews as their “ulti­mate enemy.”


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November 4, 2015 0

UK Bans White Supremacist Matthew Heimbach From Entering Country


Matthew Heimbach

Matthew Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach, head of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), has been banned by Great Britain from enter­ing the coun­try. Heim­bach posted a let­ter from Great Britain’s Home Sec­re­tary on his Twit­ter page, which cited Heimbach’s advo­cacy of racial seg­re­ga­tion and his anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi remarks as rea­sons for the ban.

The let­ter from the Home Sec­re­tary stated that Heim­bach “should be excluded from the UK on grounds that [his] pres­ence here would not be con­ducive to the pub­lic good.” Heim­bach was report­edly plan­ning to meet with a num­ber of far-right activists at a pri­vate lunch in South­port, Eng­land this month.

Pre­vi­ously, Heim­bach has reached out to other extrem­ists in Europe in an effort to build ties abroad. In Novem­ber 2014, Heim­bach spoke at a neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Repub­lic. That year, he also met with the wife of a leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi polit­i­cal party. He has also expressed ardent sup­port for nation­al­ists in Rus­sia and other for Russ­ian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Heim­bach has been an active white suprema­cist since 2012 when he founded the White Stu­dent Union at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land. Since then, Heim­bach has grown more vir­u­lently anti-Semitic and racist.  He founded TYN with Matthew Par­rott in 2013 as a way to attract young peo­ple to the white suprema­cist move­ment. TYN mod­els itself after the Euro­pean Iden­ti­taire move­ment, which focuses on pre­serv­ing white Euro­pean cul­ture and iden­tity in West­ern countries.

TYN, a small group, is mostly active on col­lege cam­puses, where the group often protests against Tim Wise, an inde­pen­dent scholar who gives speeches about com­bat­ing racism at schools and uni­ver­si­ties. TYN has also started a polit­i­cal party, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Work­ers Party, to run white suprema­cist can­di­dates for local offices.

While Heim­bach is active with TYN, he also devotes a lot of time to net­work­ing with other white suprema­cist and hard­core racist groups in the U.S. He has been a speaker at a num­ber of neo-Nazi and racist skin­head events.

In June 2015, Heim­bach spoke at “Camp Com­radery,” a week­end event in Cal­i­for­nia filled with white power music bands and speeches by lead­ers in the white suprema­cist move­ment. He made a video of his speech at that event.  The video, avail­able here, con­tains some Nazi imagery and high­lights Heimbach’s hatred toward Jews. Dis­cre­tion is advised in viewing.

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