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October 4, 2013 8

Matthew Heimbach Embracing Hard-Core White Supremacy

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Heim­bach, stand­ing on far right in T-shirt and jeans, gives salute at hard-core white suprema­cist event.

Matthew Heim­bach, head of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), and for­mer founder of the white stu­dent union at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity, attended an event last month spon­sored by neo-Nazis, racist skin­heads and Klan groups in Kentucky.

The Aryan Ter­ror Brigade (ATB), a small, racist skin­head group, the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment, the Knights of the Nordic Order, and the Impe­r­ial Klans of Amer­ica (IKA), whose head­quar­ters are in Ken­tucky, hosted the event.  In a pic­ture from the gath­er­ing, Heim­bach is seen with a group of white suprema­cists salut­ing for the cam­era. Some of these groups, par­tic­u­larly the ATB, have a his­tory of violence.

Although Heim­bach once claimed that his views were merely con­ser­v­a­tive, he seems to be  increas­ingly embrac­ing hard-core white supremacy. In addi­tion to the Sep­tem­ber event, Heim­bach attended a white suprema­cist gath­er­ing in August 2013 hosted by Don Black, who runs the racist Inter­net forum Storm­front. At the event, he also met with David Duke, for­mer Klan leader and vir­u­lent anti-Semite. In an arti­cle on the TYN blog, Heim­bach called both men his heroes.

In his posts for the TYN, Heim­bach has becom­ing increas­ingly anti-Semitic.  In an inter­view on Duke’s radio show in August 3013, he talked about “Jew­ish suprema­cists who are push­ing for our destruc­tion.” At the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party con­fer­ence in July 2013, Heim­bach asserted, “We know the Jew­ish influ­ence, that cap­i­tal­ists who want to extort us to make money, and the Com­mu­nists who want to destroy all eth­nic reli­gious and racial tides are united together seek­ing our total destruction.”

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June 7, 2012 0

Brutal Racist Skinhead Assault in Philadelphia Results in Victim’s Blinding

Racist skin­heads have a long track record of bru­tal and vicious assaults and mur­ders in the United States. Usu­ally, they direct their extreme vio­lence at per­ceived “ene­mies,” such as eth­nic or reli­gious minori­ties, mem­bers of the GLBT com­mu­nity, or anti-racist activists.

How­ever, the racist skin­head sub­cul­ture is an inher­ently vio­lent one. When they have a mind to, racist skin­heads can be just as bru­tal towards their own, as a recent shock­ing attack in north­east Philadel­phia graph­i­cally demonstrated.

Accord­ing to police reports, the attack occurred on May 6, 2012, when a racist skin­head, David Phillips, 43, was assaulted by two fel­low white suprema­cists, Stephen Mas­ten, 29, and Frank Casiano, 28, who allegedly kicked in the door to Phillips’ home and began beat­ing him with sticks and a black­jack while threat­en­ing to kill him.

The police report states that the assailants repeat­edly punched, kicked and stabbed Phillips—but that was not all. Accord­ing to the vic­tim, Mas­ten tried to smother Phillips with a pil­low, then gouged out the victim’s eyes with his bare hands, rip­ping them from their sock­ets. Phillips suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds and lac­er­a­tions on his face and head, as well as bro­ken eye sock­ets, and was per­ma­nently blinded by the assault. He remains hospitalized.

Dur­ing the ini­tial inves­ti­ga­tion, Phillips told police that the per­pe­tra­tors were white suprema­cist com­rades of his, while a fourth white suprema­cist who wit­nessed part of the assault allegedly iden­ti­fied the attack­ers as Mas­ten and Casiano. The wit­ness claimed the vio­lent assault was an act of retal­i­a­tion against Phillips because of a prior inci­dent involv­ing Phillips and Masten’s girl­friend while Mas­ten was incar­cer­ated on theft charges. Mas­ten left prison on parole about two weeks prior to the assault.

A few days after the assault, Joshua Steever, founder of the small racist skin­head crew Aryan Ter­ror Brigade (ATB) and cur­rently liv­ing in New Jer­sey, began post­ing about the attack on the ATB’s on-line forum. Iden­ti­fy­ing Phillips as ATB’s Penn­syl­va­nia state rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Steever asked forum mem­bers to donate money to help with his recovery.

Police arrested the two sus­pects on May 22, 2012, charg­ing them with attempted mur­der, aggra­vated assault, con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, bur­glary, crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing, pos­ses­sion of an instru­ment of crime with intent, mak­ing ter­ror­is­tic threats with intent to ter­ror­ize another, sim­ple assault, reck­less endan­ger­ment to another per­son, and crim­i­nal mischief.

Mas­ten and Casiano remain incar­cer­ated with bail set at $3 mil­lion and $1 mil­lion, respec­tively. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled for June 12, 2012.

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