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January 26, 2016

Failed White Supremacist Leaders Form New Christian Identity Group

Two leaders of the white supremacist movement, Paul Mullet of Bainbridge, Ohio, and Billy Roper of Mountain View, Arkansas, have joined forces to form a new group, Divine Truth Ministries and its “political arm,” the Nation of True Israel.  Both men have struggled for years to establish themselves in the movement and to recruit followers.

Mullet and Roper practice Christian Identity, a virulently racist and anti-Semitic religion. They believe not only that whites of European descent can be traced back to the “Lost Tribes of Israel,” but that Jews descended from a union between Eve and Satan. In addition to their Christian Identity beliefs, both men have embraced neo-Nazi ideology.

Symbol of Divine Truth Ministries, left, and Aryan Nations, right

Symbol of Divine Truth Ministries, left, and Aryan Nations, right

A late December press release by Roper announced they were “carrying forward the ideals and values of Aryan Nations under a new banner.” In the 1990s, Aryan Nations was one of the largest and most active neo-Nazi groups in the country, as well as a major Christian Identity group.

Presumably Mullet and Roper hope to capitalize on the small void left by the recent dissolution of Morris Gulett’s Louisiana-based faction of Aryan Nations. Gulett’s group was one of a number of factions that formed after the 2004 death of Richard Butler, the founder of Aryan Nations.

It is no surprise that Mullet and Roper’s first course of business has been to demonize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Earlier this month, just days before the federal holiday marking Dr. King’s birthday, they sponsored a “Day of Education,” which encouraged all “white nationalists” to distribute anti-King flyers and literature alleging that King, among other things, was a plagiarist and communist.

They are also organizing an April march at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park to protest legislation that would allow changes to existing Confederate displays and monuments, as well as a plan by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association to install a monument in King’s honor. Following the march, they are also planning a white power music event at a different venue.

Despite their ideological beginnings with prominent neo-Nazi groups, Mullet and Roper, just a year apart in age, have struggled to make their mark in the white supremacist world. Mullet started with Richard Butler’s Aryan Nations, while Roper, who came from a family of Klansmen, got his start with William Pierce and the National Alliance. In the early 2000s, Butler and Pierce died, leaving the neo-Nazi movement in disarray and both Mullet and Roper untethered.

Shortly after Pierce’s death, Roper, forced out by the remaining leaders of the National Alliance, started his own neo-Nazi group, White Revolution. Despite years of effort, White Revolution never amounted to anything more than a tiny propaganda group and Roper shut it down in 2011. For the last several years, Roper was active with Thomas Robb’s Arkansas-based Klan group, the Knights Party.

Mullet also experienced failures as he attempted to start several neo-Nazi and Christian Identity groups in the years following Butler’s death. His worst loss came in 2011 when Morris Gulett usurped a faction of the Aryan Nations that Mullet had founded in 2009. In 2011, Mullet attempted a comeback with the American National Socialist Party, but it also failed.

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September 13, 2013

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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January 3, 2013

White Supremacists Plan Anti-Immigration Rallies Nationwide in February 2013

White supremacists from around the United States are planning to hold “Free America” rallies opposing “illegal immigration” on February 23, 2013.

A post on the white supremacist Internet forum Stormfront mentions scheduled rallies in central California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington/Idaho, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. According to the post, Harry Bertram, who ran for governor of West Virginia under the white supremacist American Third Position (A3P) ticket in 2012, is organizing the West Virginia rally.

The main website providing information about the February 2013 “Free America” rallies appears to be run by California-based white supremacist Michael Myers. He has a long history of involvement in white supremacist organizations including the Golden State Skinheads, a racist skinhead group very active in the white power music scene in California. Myers is also affiliated with A3P.

In addition, Myers was the lead organizer for the South African Project (SAP), a coordinated—and largely unsuccessful–effort by white supremacists, in February 2012, to bring attention to the alleged “genocide” of white South African farmers. He led the SAP protest in Sacramento, California.

An earlier website set up for the anti-immigrant rallies listed a different date and contact persons. One contact listed on the previous website was “Milissa Schidecker,” who was designated as the point person for the Louisiana protests. It appears that “Milissa Schidecker” is in fact Milissa Gulett, the wife of Morris Gulett, a well-known white supremacist.

The Guletts recently returned to Louisiana where Morris set up the new headquarters for his faction of the neo-Nazi organization Aryan Nations. Though Milissa Gullet’s (or Schidecker’s) name does not appear on the new website, her Facebook page reveals that she “liked” the event page set up for the February 23 “Free America” rallies. It is unclear at this time whether the Guletts are planning to have a rally on February 23 in Louisiana.

For many years, white supremacists have attempted to use the issue of immigration as a way to tap into the American mainstream. Their efforts in this area have not been successful.

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