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May 7, 2015

Point of Contention: A Fractured White Supremacist Take on Immigration

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Richard Spencer has advocated for a white ethno-state

For over a hundred years, since the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century loudly proclaimed its commitment to “100% Americanism,” fighting immigration has been one of the most consistent hallmarks of white supremacists in the United States. For many, immigration was nothing less than a sinister Jewish plan to flood America with non-whites and thereby weaken and ultimately destroy the white race.

Because of strongly held convictions such as these, it is no surprise that white supremacists have so often been at the forefront of anti-immigration activism. From Ku Klux Klan members holding anti-immigration protests to neo-Nazis engaged in vigilante patrols along the U.S.-Mexican border to closeted white supremacists setting up “mainstream” anti-immigration organizations, these groups have consistently been a major segment of America’s extreme anti-immigrant fringes.

Yet the evolution of the white supremacist movement in the United States reveals an interesting phenomenon. Though white supremacists remain united in their intense dislike of immigration and their belief in its alleged danger to the white race, clear divergences of opinion have emerged among them about how they ought to respond—or, indeed, whether they ought to respond at all.

It may be too generous to call them “schools of thought,” but several clear approaches to the issue of immigration now clearly exist among white supremacists, each essentially stemming from a different set of opinions on how to “preserve” the white race.

The differing approaches include:

  • Continuing actively to fight against immigration by attempting to mobilize fearful or angry whites using rhetorical strategies that include a focus on changing demographics in the United States;
  • Abandoning the active fight against immigration to focus instead on creating white enclaves within a multicultural United States, where whites could live with and support each other in a sort of voluntary self-segregation; and
  • Also giving up on fighting immigration into the United States but going a step further by creating a separate ethno-state for whites only—an independent white “homeland.”

Each of these viewpoints is reflected in the ideas or writings of an advocate. Though white supremacists have different approaches to the subject of immigration, all are ultimately reacting to the projection that whites will become a minority in the United States in the coming decades.

Read the full article: Point of Contention: A Fractured White Supremacist Take on Immigration

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March 18, 2015

Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect May Have White Supremacist Connections

After a manhunt that lasted several hours and involved multiple police departments, authorities in Mesa announced the apprehension of a suspect believed responsible for multiple shootings in Mesa on March 18 that killed one and injured at least five more.   The suspect in the shootings has been identified by media reports as Ryan Elliott Giroux.

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Giroux has a past criminal history, including a stint in state prison.  A Department of Corrections mug shot from his time in prison reveals that Giroux likely is or was a white supremacist, based on his facial tattoos.  Giroux had the words “skin” and “head” tattooed on his eyebrows, while next to his left eye is a prominent “88” tattoo.  The numerical symbol “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the 8th letter of the alphabet), is one of the most popular white supremacist tattoos in the United States.

Giroux also has a Celtic knotwork tattoo on his chin.  Such tattoos are popular with white supremacists, though also used by others.

The shootings began at a motel in Mesa around 8:45am, where two people were shot, one fatally.  The shooter went to a nearby restaurant, where he allegedly shot a woman and stole a car.  Other shootings occurred as the suspect tried to evade apprehension.   Mesa police officers eventually tracked down and apprehended Giroux.

The motive for the shootings is not yet known.

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March 12, 2015

David Duke Admits that “Protocols of Zion” Is Fiction

David Duke, virulent anti-Semite and former Klan leader, is desperately promoting his yet-to be released book, The Illustrated Protocols of Zion. Duke’s book is based on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a well-known 19th– century forgery that purports to be a secret plan of Jews to take over the world. In a video about the book posted originally on Duke’s YouTube channel, Duke admits that the original Protocols is a work of fiction. He is taking a different tack than most anti-Semites who see the Protocols as an actual blueprint for world domination by Jews. While Duke declares that the original Protocols is a work of “literary fantasy,” he argues that his own version surpasses the original in documenting Jewish power.

Illustrated Protocols

David Duke’s The Illustrated Protocols of Zion

Throughout the video used to promote the Illustrated Protocols, Duke claims that the elders of Zion are now known as the leaders of Zionism. He then goes on to assert that Jews control the government, banking, the media and Hollywood. Though Duke tries to present Illustrated Protocols of Zion as a ground-breaking work, the book merely rehashes the same anti-Semitic themes as Duke’s previous works. Like the original Protocols, the purpose of Duke’s book and video is to promote hatred against the Jews.

Though Duke has been promoting The Illustrated Protocols for months on his website in an effort to get it printed, he sent an “emergency” appeal for money to supporters this week. In the appeal, he claims that the Illustrated Protocols video posted on his YouTube channel was removed due to a Jewish conspiracy against him. He also claims that YouTube is going to terminate the “David Duke Channel” in 10 days.

In this latest ploy to raise money, Duke blames “Jewish extremists” for trying to prevent his books and videos from being seen, However, in reality, many of Duke’s videos remain on YouTube. Moreover, according to a suspension notice displayed on YouTube the original Illustrated Protocols video was removed from Duke’s YouTube channel due to copyright violations, not an alleged conspiracy. Duke uses numerous clips from movies and other media to exploit anti-Semitic themes in the video, which has since been reposted to YouTube by other users.

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