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January 23, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Form New Group In Michigan

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Dan Poole

Update:  On the day this blog was posted, the organization’s founders dis­solved the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture as a lim­ited lia­bil­ity corporation.

Two white suprema­cists, Dan Poole and Kyle Bris­tow, have founded a new group, the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture (CAOC) in Michi­gan.  Poole, a recent col­lege grad­u­ate, and Bris­tow, an attor­ney, have both pre­vi­ously been active in racist cir­cles.  Poole is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of CAOC and Bris­tow will be the organization’s chief legal officer.

The two are part of a grow­ing trend of younger, edu­cated white suprema­cists form­ing groups that pro­mote racism but use terms like “Occi­den­tal cul­ture,” “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion,”  or “tra­di­tion­al­ism” in place of more explic­itly racist ter­mi­nol­ogy.  This san­i­tized lan­guage can be more palat­able to peo­ple who would be turned off by overt racism.

In a state­ment released at the end of Decem­ber 2013, Poole wrote that the organization’s mis­sion is “to advance and defend West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” by pro­mot­ing European-themed art, cul­ture and events.  The group also wants to fight alleged “dis­crim­i­na­tion and harass­ment directed at European-Americans.” CAOC asserts that it will be dif­fer­ent from other orga­ni­za­tions by “being on the front lines as the van­guard of the Occi­dent in the cul­ture war.”

Poole, a recent grad­u­ate of Oak­land Uni­ver­sity in Michi­gan, has been active with the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party.  AFP, for­merly known as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion, has run white suprema­cist can­di­dates for var­i­ous offices. 

While attend­ing Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity (MSU), Bris­tow was the con­tro­ver­sial head of the MSU Young Amer­i­cans for Free­dom. In 2007, the group invited British white nation­al­ist Nick Grif­fin to speak at the school. Bris­tow went on to write arti­cles for Cit­i­zens Informer, the pub­li­ca­tion of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens and authored a novel White Apoc­a­lypse and a col­lec­tion of essays, The Con­science of a Right-Winger

White Apoc­a­lypse pro­motes the idea Euro­peans were the first to inhabit North Amer­ica and were the vic­tims of non-whites who later slaugh­tered them. The newest ver­sion of the book, pub­lished in Octo­ber 2013, con­tains an intro­duc­tion by Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), a small white suprema­cist group.

Heim­bach is another exam­ple of a young, white, edu­cated racist who has embraced hard­core extrem­ism. Heim­bach was first active in Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a now defunct stu­dent group, with goals sim­i­lar to CAOC. Heim­bach claims that he sought Bristow’s advice when he ran the YWC chap­ter at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in 2011. 

CAOC joins other orga­ni­za­tions such as TYN and the National Pol­icy Insti­tute, a white suprema­cist think tank, which are hop­ing to reach dis­af­fected younger whites.

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