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November 25, 2013 1

Anti-immigrant And Anti-Muslim Groups Join Forces To Host Event In North Carolina

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 22, the Fayet­teville, North Car­olina chap­ter of ACT! for Amer­ica, an orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, hosted a screen­ing of the anti-immigrant film, “They Come to Amer­ica.” After the screen­ing, orga­niz­ers have sched­uled a panel dis­cus­sion about immi­gra­tion with James John­son, head of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group NC FIRE and Ron Woodard, the founder of another North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, NC Lis­ten.act-for-america-they-come-to-america-poster

The Fayet­teville chap­ter of ACT! for Amer­ica reg­u­larly posts extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric on its Face­book page, claim­ing Islam is in a war with the world and pro­mot­ing a video titled “Islam and Nazism, the Unholy Alliance.” Both John­son and Woodard are anti-immigrant activists with ties to extrem­ism. Ear­lier this year, Woodard received the “We the Peo­ple Lead­er­ship Award” from the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) a group founded by racist John Tan­ton. FAIR helped to found and but­tress Woodard’s group, NC Listen.

James John­son of NC Lis­ten has cir­cu­lated arti­cles from racist web­sites such as VDARE and Amer­i­can Renais­sance in the past. In 2011, John­son posted a pic­ture of him­self with Roan Garcia-Quintana, a direc­tor of the white suprema­cist group Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC) on Face­book. Both men were attend­ing FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire event. 

The screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion is just one recent exam­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion between the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim move­ments, both at the national and local level. Both move­ments see immi­gra­tion as prob­lem­atic and pro­mote xeno­pho­bia. Nation­ally, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups pro­mote anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion and both move­ments worked to derail immi­gra­tion reform in 2013. At the local level, activists attend and speak at each other’s events and sup­port each other’s campaigns.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, as well as sto­ries about “ter­ror­ists” enter­ing the United States through Mex­ico serve as fuel for both the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim move­ments and indi­cate that fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion between groups both at the local and national level will not only con­tinue, but increase.

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September 13, 2013 0

Florida Cop-Killer Harbored Extremist Views

Social net­work­ing post­ings and links made by a Florida man who killed a Char­lotte County deputy reveal a vehe­ment loathing for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as well as sym­pa­thy for a vari­ety of racist and anti-Muslim causes.jay-vanko

On Mon­day, August 2, Sergeant Mike Wil­son of the Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domes­tic dis­tur­bance call at an apart­ment build­ing in Port Char­lotte.  As he entered the stair­well of the build­ing, Jaroslav “Jay” Vanko, 49, fired at the deputy from the top of the stair­case, mor­tally wound­ing Wil­son in the chest above his bul­let­proof vest.  Vanko killed him­self soon after as police sur­rounded the building.

Why Vanko decided to resort to lethal vio­lence is not clear and may never be known.  How­ever, Vanko’s pro­file on the social net­work­ing web­site Face­book, as well as his post­ings else­where on that site, pro­vide con­sid­er­able insight into many of his views and opinions. 

Vanko’s on-line writ­ings clearly reveal that, in the years since his arrival in the United States from the Czech Repub­lic, he had devel­oped an attach­ment to a vari­ety of far right-wing causes that ranged from main­stream to extreme.  One of Vanko’s most cher­ished causes was the issue of gun rights, but he tended to be most emo­tional on the sub­ject of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, describ­ing Obama as a “snake” and a “scum­bag” who “lit­er­ally make me a sick” [lan­guage as in orig­i­nal post­ing].   Accord­ing to Vanko, Obama was seek­ing a rise in crim­i­nal activ­ity in order to jus­tify mass gun con­fis­ca­tion.  “That is exactly what Lenin did,” Vanko wrote, accus­ing Obama of seek­ing to “spark [a] social­ist revolution.”

As dis­turb­ing as such com­ments are, even more dis­turb­ing are some of the other causes that Vanko sup­ported.  Among Vanko’s Face­book “likes” were a vari­ety of racist, white suprema­cist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim Face­book pages, includ­ing “Amer­i­can White His­tory Month,” the anti-Muslim “United States of Amer­ica Defence [sic] League,” “Islam Free Planet,” “The Counter Jihad Report,” “Boy­cott Halal,”  the anti-government extrem­ist “Three Per­centers III%” page,  the racist and anti-Muslim Eng­lish Defence League,  the page for con­spir­acy the­ory talk show host Alex Jones, and many sim­i­lar pages.

His “likes” also included sev­eral Face­book pages tied to white suprema­cist groups, includ­ing the page “Save the White Peo­ple in South Africa,” asso­ci­ated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and other white suprema­cist groups, as well as the page for the Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist mag­a­zine pub­lished by long­stand­ing racist Jared Tay­lor.  In a post­ing he made to the South Africa page, Vanko offered his own opin­ion of the white race:  “I love whites, most beau­ti­ful peo­ple on planet.  We need to fight it on daily basis, not deal with sav­ages on any level and ignore them every­where” [lan­guage as in orig­i­nal posting].

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August 2, 2013 11

Founder Of White Student Union At Georgia State Has History Of Espousing Extreme Views

A fresh­man stu­dent from Alabama, Patrick Sharp recently founded an infor­mal “White Stu­dent Union” on the cam­pus of Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity in Atlanta. Accord­ing to news­pa­per reports, Sharp, started the group to cel­e­brate white identity. patrick-sharp

In an inter­view with the Atlanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion, Sharp argued that as whites inevitably become a minor­ity in the United States, they should not back away from express­ing pride in the white race and white her­itage.  His state­ment echoes the views of a num­ber of Amer­i­can white supremacists. 

Later in the same inter­view, Sharp revealed that his inspi­ra­tion for start­ing the White Stu­dent Union was racist Matthew Heim­bach, who founded the White Stu­dent Union at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land in 2012. Sharp viewed videos of Heim­bach, who has been the sub­ject of media atten­tion. A recent short doc­u­men­tary on Heim­bach cre­ated by the alter­na­tive news ser­vice VICE has almost 300,000 views on YouTube.

Heim­bach is no longer the White Stu­dent Union leader at Tow­son, but runs the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) with white suprema­cist Matt Par­rott, the for­mer head of the Indi­ana branch of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC) and the white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP).

Accord­ing to Par­rott, TYN is “the first attempt to adapt the Euro­pean New Right’s ideals to the Amer­i­can con­text for street action, and it already includes an impres­sive selec­tion of America’s most active and respected young street activists and pub­lic advo­cates.” The group appears to be mod­eled after Gen­er­a­tion Iden­ti­taire, the youth move­ment arm of the far-right French polit­i­cal party Bloc Iden­ti­taire, led by Fab­rice Robert. The web­site for the Geor­gia State White Stu­dent Union links to TYN, call­ing it “our sis­ter organization.”

Sharp’s online foot­print indi­cates that he shares the ide­ol­ogy of Par­rott and Heim­bach. Sharp’s Face­book page shows that he “likes” a slew of Euro­pean far-right polit­i­cal par­ties, fig­ures and move­ments includ­ing Fab­rice Robert, Gen­er­a­tion Iden­ti­taire and Job­bik, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic Hun­gar­ian polit­i­cal party that once called for the cre­ation of a list of Jews in Hun­gary who pose a “national secu­rity risk.” 

Sharp also has also posted extreme com­ments on Face­book. In a post­ing dated Decem­ber 1, 2011, Sharp wrote “I hope more Amer­i­cans, and ESPECIALLY Euro­peans begin to wake up to the threat that is Islam. There is no place for Islam in the West.” In another post dated Feb­ru­ary 8, 2012, Sharp wrote, “The peo­ple car­ry­ing out these pro­grams of White Geno­cide say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White!” In addi­tion, Sharp has a pro­file on the web­site of the white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance pub­lished by racist Jared Taylor.

While Sharp is one exam­ple of a col­lege stu­dent inspired by emerg­ing young lead­ers in the white suprema­cist move­ment in the United States such as Matt Par­rott and Matthew Heim­bach, it remains to be seen whether Amer­i­can racists can suc­cess­fully cre­ate an actual  youth move­ment in this coun­try mod­eled after far-right Euro­pean youth movements.

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