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October 2, 2014

American Racist Group Will Hold Meeting in Hungary Despite Ban


Richard Spencer at National Policy Institute

Update — 10/06/14: On October 3, Hungarian police arrested National Policy Institute (NPI) head Richard Spencer for not having identification papers with him at an informal gathering of people who had planned to attend NPI’s conference in Budapest. Jared Taylor, working with others, held an NPI meeting at a restaurant in Budapest where he and Tom Sunic spoke to about 75 people. Spencer is expected to be deported from Hungary today.

Richard Spencer
, the head of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white supremacist think tank based in Whitefish, Montana, asserts that his group will still hold a meeting in Budapest on October 3-5, despite the Hungarian government’s ban on the conference. In addition, the venue in Hungary where the conference was to be held has reportedly cancelled its contract with NPI organizers.

Perversely invoking the civil rights anthem, “We shall overcome,” Spencer declared to supporters in an email that NPI would persevere and that people planning to attend would still be able to meet and exchange ideas. Spencer usually holds NPI conferences in Washington, DC where he regularly invites European and American racists to share their ideas about white nationalism in Europe and the U.S.

Spencer, 36, is the new face of white supremacy who oversees a number of projects in addition to NPI. He created an online journal Radix, which features the work of intellectual racists and runs Washington Summit Publishers, which publishes racist tracts. Prior to openly embracing white nationalism in 2009, he worked at the American Spectator, a mainstream conservative magazine. In 2010, he founded Alternative Right, a white supremacist online journal, which curtailed operations in December 2013.

In a 2011 interview, Spencer said, “By 2009, I was much more willing to express heretical views on race and egalitarianism, as well as write more forthrightly on culture.” Spencer has advocated for a white ethno-state in the U.S. In 2011, he became the head of NPI and his annual conferences have attracted dozens of attending, including a number of young people.

The conference in Hungary was scheduled to feature a number of other Americans including Jared Taylor, head of the white supremacist journal American Renaissance and John Morgan, an American who heads Arktos Media, based in Budapest. Arktos, a co-sponsor of the NPI conference, publishes books that promote the Identitarian movement in Europe. Identitarian groups are pro-white, anti-immigrant and stress racial/ethnic identity. Tom Sunic, who is Croatian and a leader in American Freedom Party (formerly known as American Third Position), was also scheduled to address the NPI gathering. The American Freedom Party is a white supremacist political party that runs extremist candidates in the U.S. Other speakers included Marton Gyongyosi, a leader in the ultranationalist Hungarian party Jobbik, who has since reportedly bowed out of the NPI event and Alexander Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist ideologue.

The conference would build further ties between American and European racists and nationalists and exploit rising ultranationalist sentiment in Hungary as evidenced by Jobbik’s electoral gains in the April 2014 elections.

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August 2, 2013

Founder Of White Student Union At Georgia State Has History Of Espousing Extreme Views

A freshman student from Alabama, Patrick Sharp recently founded an informal “White Student Union” on the campus of Georgia State University in Atlanta. According to newspaper reports, Sharp, started the group to celebrate white identity. patrick-sharp

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sharp argued that as whites inevitably become a minority in the United States, they should not back away from expressing pride in the white race and white heritage.  His statement echoes the views of a number of American white supremacists. 

Later in the same interview, Sharp revealed that his inspiration for starting the White Student Union was racist Matthew Heimbach, who founded the White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland in 2012. Sharp viewed videos of Heimbach, who has been the subject of media attention. A recent short documentary on Heimbach created by the alternative news service VICE has almost 300,000 views on YouTube.

Heimbach is no longer the White Student Union leader at Towson, but runs the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) with white supremacist Matt Parrott, the former head of the Indiana branch of the white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) and the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP).

According to Parrott, TYN is “the first attempt to adapt the European New Right’s ideals to the American context for street action, and it already includes an impressive selection of America’s most active and respected young street activists and public advocates.” The group appears to be modeled after Generation Identitaire, the youth movement arm of the far-right French political party Bloc Identitaire, led by Fabrice Robert. The website for the Georgia State White Student Union links to TYN, calling it “our sister organization.”

Sharp’s online footprint indicates that he shares the ideology of Parrott and Heimbach. Sharp’s Facebook page shows that he “likes” a slew of European far-right political parties, figures and movements including Fabrice Robert, Generation Identitaire and Jobbik, a virulently anti-Semitic Hungarian political party that once called for the creation of a list of Jews in Hungary who pose a “national security risk.” 

Sharp also has also posted extreme comments on Facebook. In a posting dated December 1, 2011, Sharp wrote “I hope more Americans, and ESPECIALLY Europeans begin to wake up to the threat that is Islam. There is no place for Islam in the West.” In another post dated February 8, 2012, Sharp wrote, “The people carrying out these programs of White Genocide say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White!” In addition, Sharp has a profile on the website of the white supremacist publication American Renaissance published by racist Jared Taylor.

While Sharp is one example of a college student inspired by emerging young leaders in the white supremacist movement in the United States such as Matt Parrott and Matthew Heimbach, it remains to be seen whether American racists can successfully create an actual  youth movement in this country modeled after far-right European youth movements.

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