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May 2, 2014 208

White Supremacist Conference Again Aims to Mobilize Whites

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Amer­i­can Renais­sance Speak­ers Group Photo

The white suprema­cist  group New Cen­tury Foun­da­tion has, for the third time, held its Amer­i­can Renais­sance (AmRen) gath­er­ing  at a con­fer­ence cen­ter at a national park in Burns, Ten­nessee.  On April 25–27, the approx­i­mately 175 atten­dees at the event heard speak­ers voice their ideas about how to mobi­lize whites by high­light­ing their cul­ture and her­itage. This year’s con­fer­ence also expanded on last year’s theme of cre­at­ing a white ethno-state on the North Amer­i­can continent.

The con­fer­ence fea­tured some new speak­ers, and some con­fer­ence vet­er­ans such as Sam Dick­son, a long­time white suprema­cist and speaker at the pre­vi­ous eleven AmRen con­fer­ences.  In his speech, Dick­son claimed Amer­ica was founded on the “lie” that all men were cre­ated equal. He asserted that a new nar­ra­tive needs to be cre­ated for whites, which rejects the con­cepts of free­dom and indi­vid­u­al­ism pro­moted by the Tea Party and the belief in equal­ity pro­moted by Pres­i­dent Obama. Jack Dono­van, a con­trib­u­tor to the white suprema­cist online pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, echoed Dickson’s com­ments when respond­ing to a ques­tion about form­ing a new iden­tity for whites in North Amer­ica, say­ing that any new iden­tity must be dif­fer­ent from that of the found­ing fathers who he claimed started off with “failure.”

John Mor­gan, the editor-in-chief of the Hungary-based far-right pub­lish­ing house Ark­tos, called for whites within the move­ment to start reflect­ing a pos­i­tive out­look in order to influ­ence oth­ers. To do that, Mor­gan urged whites to high­light and praise their cul­ture, in the form of books, art and films. Mor­gan also lamented the “cul­ture of con­sumerism” active in the West today. Donovan’s speech sim­i­larly crit­i­cized the cul­ture of con­sumerism which, he said, has left a cul­tural void. Dono­van claimed the only way to stop this is to aban­don the “uni­ver­sal” in favor of the “tribal” thus pro­mot­ing a cul­ture that is “dis­crim­i­na­tory” and pro­motes the idea of identity.

Jared Tay­lor, the head the New Cen­tury Foun­da­tion, claimed the prob­lem with whites is that they are too con­cerned with help­ing oth­ers and not them­selves, which, he argued, leads to their down­fall. Tay­lor called the con­fer­ence atten­dees “mis­sion­ar­ies” and insisted they must appeal to the soul of whites, not the mind. Their work, he main­tained, is very dif­fi­cult because many of the peo­ple they are try­ing to influ­ence think of whites in the move­ment as “evil,” and there­fore rude, arro­gant, or mean-spirited.

As was the case at last year’s event, many young white suprema­cists were present, includ­ing Brad Grif­fin, who runs the racist web­site Occi­den­tal Dis­sent, and his wife Renee Baum, the daugh­ter of Gor­don Baum, leader of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. Richard Spencer, head of the white suprema­cist think tank National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI) also attended, as did Matthew Heim­bach of the white suprema­cist activist group Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) and his friend Scott Terry. Patrick Sharp, who founded the White Stu­dent Union at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity and Holo­caust denier Mark Weber from the anti-Semitic Insti­tute for His­tor­i­cal Review were also present.

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January 23, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Form New Group In Michigan

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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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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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