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July 3, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Publically Returns to Racist Street Activism

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Matthew Heim­bach

After announc­ing he was tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal from activism, Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), returned to racist activ­i­ties dur­ing the month of June. Heim­bach attended three events in June orga­nized by the white South­ern nation­al­ist group League of the South (LOS).

Despite the fact that Heim­bach was pre­vi­ously banned from the orga­ni­za­tion for attend­ing neo-Nazi events, Heim­bach not only attended the recent LOS annual con­fer­ence but also took part in LOS demon­stra­tions in Ken­tucky and Alabama.

On Sat­ur­day, June 1, Heim­bach attended demon­stra­tions orga­nized by the Ken­tucky chap­ter of the League which took place in the towns of Car­roll­ton, and War­saw, Ken­tucky. At the demon­stra­tions, Heim­bach held a sign that read, “Feds out of Ken­tucky.” Another LOS protest is sched­uled to take place in the town of Pikeville, Ken­tucky, on July 19. Accord­ing to LOS, the demon­stra­tion will be in sup­port of coal min­ers in the state “whose indus­try is being destroyed by the feds.”

Over the past two years, LOS changed tac­tics, focus­ing more on street activism in an attempt to attract new mem­bers and raise aware­ness about the orga­ni­za­tion and South­ern nation­al­ism. Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, the founder of the racist blog Occi­den­tal Dis­sent is the main pro­moter of this tac­tic. The theme of this year’s LOS national con­fer­ence was “Hit­ting the Streets: Tak­ing the South­ern Nation­al­ist Mes­sage to the Public.”

Grif­fin joined LOS two years ago and is respon­si­ble for bring­ing the orga­ni­za­tion closer to the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), another racist orga­ni­za­tion with chap­ters around the South. Grif­fin is mar­ried to Renee Baum, the daugh­ter of Gor­don Baum, the head of CofCC. LOS and CofCC held demon­stra­tions together for the first time dur­ing the past year. Grif­fin spoke about the issue of street activism and the media atten­tion it gar­ners at the LOS national con­fer­ence last Sat­ur­day, June 28.

After their national con­fer­ence ended on June 28, LOS held a demon­stra­tion in Wetumpka, Alabama, where the group is head­quar­tered. Heim­bach and many other con­fer­ence atten­dees joined the event, which focused on sup­port­ing South­ern work­ers who LOS claims are los­ing their jobs to immi­grants. Many of the LOS protests are anti-immigrant but oth­ers focus on issues such as mar­riage equal­ity. A sim­i­lar demon­stra­tion is sched­uled to take place in Gainesville, Geor­gia, on August 23.

Heimbach’s return to racist activism appears only to be with LOS for the time being. One pos­si­ble rea­son for this is the LOS’s pro­mo­tion of a racist ver­sion of Chris­t­ian val­ues, which Heim­bach also embraces. It remains to be seen whether Heim­bach will orga­nize again with other racist orga­ni­za­tions, but it’s clear that his sab­bat­i­cal from racist activ­ity is over.

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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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