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January 12, 2015 132

Racist Group Begins Youth Recruitment Effort

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist group, has recently estab­lished a youth wing, the National Youth Front (NYF). NYF, which offi­cially launches in Feb­ru­ary, has already cre­ated a web­site, a Face­book page, and a recruit­ment video to appeal to young peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 40.

National Youth Front symbol

National Youth Front symbol

In an intro­duc­tion on its web­site, NYF claims that it is “an elite youth orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of Amer­ica our West­ern cul­ture [sic].” In addi­tion to cre­at­ing a flyer about the group, NYF has cre­ated a pol­ished recruit­ment video aimed at young peo­ple. It decries their par­ents’ accep­tance of diver­sity and claims that young whites are “the vic­tims of [their] par­ents’ child­ish lib­er­a­tion move­ments” from the 1960s. The video is called a “Dec­la­ra­tion of War” and is sim­i­lar to videos cir­cu­lated by far-right youth groups in Europe, which chide pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions’ accep­tance of multiculturalism.

NYF chose three inter­con­nect­ing tri­an­gles known as the Val­knot or “knot of the slain,” an old Norse sym­bol, to rep­re­sent the group. It is often con­sid­ered a sym­bol of the Norse god Odin. Some white suprema­cists, par­tic­u­larly racist Odin­ists, have appro­pri­ated the Val­knot to use as a racist sym­bol. Often they use it as a sign that they are will­ing to give their life to Odin, gen­er­ally in battle.

Lead­ers in the group include Nathan Damigo and Dax­ter Reed, also known as Daecca Reed. Damigo is an Iraq war vet­eran who was released from prison in April 2014 after serv­ing time for pulling a gun on a taxi dri­ver, a crime he attrib­uted to PTSD. Damigo is the act­ing chair­man of NYF and also holds the posi­tion of direc­tor of PR and out­reach. Reed, who is from Asheville, North Car­olina, is direc­tor of national chap­ters. Reed is active in Asheville Youth Front, a local chap­ter of NYF and is seen on that chapter’s Face­book page hand­ing out a NYF flyer. On his Face­book page, Reed “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Unof­fi­cially in exis­tence since Novem­ber 2014, NYF has already lost its first chair­man, Caleb C. Shu­maker. Shu­maker resigned on Jan­u­ary 6, cit­ing recent attacks against him and his fam­ily. He was for­merly a mem­ber of the Con­ser­v­a­tive Youth Coun­cil, an affil­i­ate of the far-right Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA. In his farewell col­umn, Shu­maker claimed that NYF already has nine chap­ters around the coun­try, although there is lit­tle evi­dence of activ­ity at this point.

AFP was orig­i­nally founded in Octo­ber 2009 as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P), “to rep­re­sent the polit­i­cal inter­ests of White Amer­i­cans.” Today the organization’s lead­er­ship is made up of older well-established white suprema­cists such as Cal­i­for­nia lawyer William John­son, anti-Semitic ex-professor Kevin Mac­Don­ald and James Edwards, who runs The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, a radio show based in Ten­nessee. AFP is appar­ently try­ing to attract young peo­ple to bring new energy into the group, which has mostly run unsuc­cess­ful can­di­dates for local positions.

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January 23, 2014 3

Ron Unz: Controversial Writer And Funder Of Anti-Israel Activists

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Ron Unz

Con­ser­v­a­tive busi­ness­man Ron Unz has stirred con­tro­versy over the last year by pub­li­ciz­ing ideas that appeal to anti-Semites, offer­ing a forum for writ­ers who demo­nize Israel, and fund­ing sev­eral anti-Israel activists, some of whom pro­mote anti-Semitic canards. Though Unz does not appear to be an anti-Semite, he pro­vides sup­port to extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues and his writ­ings res­onate with and are reg­u­larly cited by anti-Semites.

In Novem­ber 2013, Unz cre­ated a webzine called The Unz Review that addresses con­tro­ver­sial polit­i­cal and racial top­ics because he believes the main­stream media ignore or con­ceal cer­tain infor­ma­tion and ideas.  Although Unz claims that he does not agree with many of the views pre­sented in the webzine, he nonethe­less has pro­vided a new out­let for cer­tain writ­ers to attack Israel and Jews.

The Unz Review emerged a year after Unz pub­lished a con­tro­ver­sial arti­cle “The Myth of Amer­i­can Mer­i­toc­racy,” in The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive in which he claims that Jews are over­rep­re­sented at elite schools even though their achieve­ment lev­els have been in a down­ward spi­ral. He also claims these schools dis­crim­i­nate against better-qualified Asian-Americans and non-Jewish whites who rep­re­sent a greater per­cent­age of the population.

Unz pos­tu­lates that one rea­son that Jews are more read­ily admit­ted to Ivy League schools is that a large per­cent­age of the schools’ admin­is­tra­tors are Jew­ish and are more apt to admit Jews based on “uncon­scious biases.” Most dis­turbingly, Unz implies that Jews are an alien pres­ence in the United States com­pared to White Anglo Sax­ons who dom­i­nated elite schools in the past.

As might be expected, anti-Semites have latched onto Unz’s work to affirm their own views. In par­tic­u­lar Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor of evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Long Beach, and anti-Semite David Duke both assert that Unz’s work shows that Jews in power dis­crim­i­nate against white European-Americans.

Unz is involved in other endeav­ors that raise ques­tions about his views of Jews and Israel. He funds a num­ber of extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues through the Unz Foun­da­tion includ­ing Paul Craig Roberts, an anti-Semitic syn­di­cated colum­nist;  Mon­doweiss, an anti-Israel blog run by Philip Weiss; and Philip Giraldi, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an anti-Israel group based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

For full arti­cle, see “Ron Unz: Con­tro­ver­sial Writer and Fun­der of Anti-Israel Ide­o­logues.”

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December 26, 2013 2

Anti-Semites Take Credit For Mainstreaming Anti-Israel Sentiment

Anti-Semite Patrick Slat­tery and anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald have asserted that main­stream fig­ures have adopted their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views in end-of-year fund-raising appeals.  david-duke-anti-israel

Slat­tery, who made an appeal to sup­port­ers on behalf of his close asso­ciate David Duke, claims that Duke influ­enced main­stream fig­ures like Pro­fes­sors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and musi­cian Roger Waters in their views on Israel and the “Israel lobby.” 

Slat­tery asserts that Waters sounded like Duke when Waters talked about a pow­er­ful “Jew­ish lobby” in the U.S. in an inter­view in Coun­ter­Punch Mag­a­zine.  In that same inter­view, Waters also claimed that the Jew­ish lobby pre­vented more celebri­ties from join­ing the Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) movement.

Like­wise, Slat­tery argues that Mearsheimer and Walt sounded like Duke when “they pub­lished their book on the power of the Israel Lobby.” The two pro­fes­sors wrote a 2008 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy, in which they assert that the “Israel lobby” uses pres­sure to sti­fle crit­i­cism of Israel and to ensure America’s pro-Israel pol­icy, against America’s true interests.

In the appeal, Slat­tery writes, “These peo­ple sound like Dr. Duke because, directly or indi­rectly, they are get­ting their infor­ma­tion, their exam­ples, their sources, their ideas, their nar­ra­tive from him.”

In MacDonald’s fund-raising let­ter to sup­port­ers of Occi­den­tal Observer, an anti-Semitic online mag­a­zine he edits, he also cited Waters’ state­ments in Counter-Punch and the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Association’s boy­cott of Israeli aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions as proof that more main­stream groups have accepted his view that Israel is a “pariah state.”

Mac­Don­ald writes, “There has been a notice­able increase in crit­i­cism of Israel,” and takes credit for attack­ing the Jew­ish state and the “Israel lobby” in var­i­ous columns in the Occi­den­tal Observer.

While cer­tain anti-Israel cam­paigns have occa­sion­ally received main­stream atten­tion, there is no link­age between these cam­paigns and white suprema­cists like Mac­Don­ald and Duke.

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