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April 25, 2016

White Supremacist Events Coincide With Hitler’s Birth Week

Marking the anniversary week of Adolf Hitler’s April 20th birthday, several neo-Nazi and Klan groups held collaborative events over the weekend of April 23. Four such events were held within approximately 150 miles of one another in north Alabama and central Georgia.  adl-blog

  • The United Klans of America (UKA) hosted a private event in Alabama which included a cross burning and several Klan weddings.  The event was open to all members of the Black and Silver alliance which consists of the UKA, the Sadistic Souls (an Illinois-based faction of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations), James Logsdon’s small faction of the Creativity Movement, and Missouri and Tennessee members of the Right-Wing Resistance (a neo-Nazi group that originated in New Zealand.)
  • The neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) hosted a rally at the Law Enforcement Center in Rome, Georgia. Approximately 100 people from various white supremacist groups attended the event, including the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Texas Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.  Other attendees included Arthur Jones (a long-time Illinois neo-Nazis and Holocaust denier), Ted Dunn (leader of the SS Action group), and Eric Meadows, who has been linked to the neo-Confederate League of the South. The hateful rhetoric of rally speakers, who intermittently shouted “white power” and “Sieg Heil,” was largely drowned out by counter protesters. Two counter protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct.
  • Approximately two dozen people participated in a white power event at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park. The poorly attended event, organized by white supremacist John Michael Estes and Klansman Greg Calhoun, was intended to protest leg­is­la­tion that would allow changes to exist­ing Con­fed­er­ate dis­plays and mon­u­ments, as well as a plan by the Stone Moun­tain Memo­r­ial Asso­ci­a­tion to install a mon­u­ment in Martin Luther King’s honor.  The small group held confederate flags and a banner that read “Diversity = White Genocide.” Several counter-protesters threw rocks and fireworks at police, and set a barricade on fire. At least eight counter-protesters were adewayne-stewartrrested and charged with violating Georgia’s mask law, and one was arrested for allegedly throwing smoke bombs at police.
  • On the evening of April 23, ralliers from both the Rome and Stone Mountain events attended a private after-party near Temple, Georgia. The event included white power music and the burning of both a cross and a swastika.

These collaborative events demonstrate the willingness of some Klan groups to practice a Nazified version of Klan ideology and to form symbiotic relationships with neo-Nazi groups.  With both the neo-Nazi movement and Klan movement in decline joint events can help mask the small numbers that individual white supremacist groups are able to generate.

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July 2, 2015

Confederate heritage group denounces extremists, but has them in ranks

The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a so-called Confederate “heritage” group, recently denounced the decision of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a North Carolina-based Klan group, to hold a July 2015 protest in front of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia.

Missouri CCC members receive SVC awards

Missouri CCC members receive SVC awards

According to a press release issued by the SCV, the group’s membership “vehemently oppose[s] and denounce[s] this hateful and divisive event.” The SCV also trumpeted what it referred to as its “strictly enforced ‘hate’ policy,” claiming that anyone with ties to any racist organization or hate group is denied membership and will be “immediately expelled.” The statement was attributed to Charles Kelly Barrow, the “commander-in-chief” of the SCV.

One may legitimately wonder how “strictly enforced” the SCV’s “hate” policy actually is. After all, one of the major figures in the SCV for many years has been Kirk Lyons, who has played a major role in the politicization of the SCV during that span. For decades, Lyons has been a friend to and represented numerous white supremacists in court cases, once describing himself as an “active sympathizer” of their causes. Lyons has also spoken to or before a variety of extremist groups, ranging from the white supremacist website Stormfront to the equally white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC).

The SCV has its own CCC problem. The connections between the “heritage” group and the white supremacist group—the latter allegedly a source of education and inspiration for Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof—are extensive. In January 2014, for example, three members of the Council of Conservative Citizens, including its founder and leader Gordon Lee Baum (who died in March 2015), all of whom were SCV members, received “SCV War Veteran Medals” from one of the group’s Missouri chapters. Another CCC founder, Leonard Wilson, who died in 2013, was an SCV member and the former Alabama state commander of the SCV.

In 2014, SCV member (and former Tennessee state commander) Gene Andrews spoke at the CCC’s annual national conference. Andrews also contributed an article to the CCC website in 2010. In 2009 and 2011, Cecil Fayard, then the “National Chaplain” of the SCV, spoke before the Carroll County, Mississippi, chapter of the CCC. In 2008, SCV member John Flippin, also a CCC member, spoke before the Webster County, Mississippi, chapter. These are just a few examples of SCV-CCC crossover.

Even Charles Kelly Barrow, the current commander, may have had extremist ties. According to a 2002 Southern Poverty Law Center report, Barrow was a member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate hate group that has recently organized protests that have included neo-Nazis and issued dire warnings of “race war.”

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June 4, 2015

League of the South and Neo-Nazis Join Forces in Kentucky

Members of the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) joined together with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists on May 30 for a “Feds Out of Kentucky” rally in Alexandria, Kentucky, a few miles southeast of Cincinnati.

League of the South, Alexandria, KY

“Feds Out of Kentucky” rally in Alexandria, KY

The rally was organized by Coleman Lacy, a young member of the LOS from the local area who serves as the group’s “state chairman.”

In addition, Geoffrey Rash, the Kentucky leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and also a local resident, brought members to the event. Afterwards, Rash stated that it was good for the LOS and the NSM to work together “to rid this country, starting with our own states, of the Zionist Jewry that decays our people, our states and our nation.”

Though the LOS promoted the event, only about 14 people took part in the rally, waving flags and anti-government signs.

However, the significance of the event was not in its size.

Rather, the Alexandria rally marked the completion of the LOS’s gradual transformation from a neo-Confederate group that typically denied having racist ties into an unabashed white supremacist group.

The LOS has had ties to other hate groups in the past but frequently denied such ties or distanced itself from hate groups when ties were actually publicized. In 2005, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, members of both the NSM and White Revolution announced the LOS’s cooperation in providing assistance to “white only” victims of the hurricane. The LOS later said that it did not take part in or endorse such measures—though it did post “whites only” offers of assistance on its own website.

As recently as 2013, the LOS expelled a member, Matthew Heimbach (also head of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a small white supremacist group), for attending a neo-Nazi event in Kentucky. However, in another sign of the transformation of the LOS into an explicitly white supremacist group, Heimbach was back inside the folds of the LOS within a year. Heimbach attended the Alexandria rally.

Behind the growing radicalization of the LOS is none other than its founder and longtime leader, Michael Hill. Once a college history professor, by 2011, Hill was urging his followers to arm themselves and “join the resistance.” The LOS began offering members weapons training around this time.

Protests by African-American communities in 2015 in the wake of highly-publicized police shootings moved Hill even further into blatant white supremacy. In May 2015, Michael Hill declared his determination to participate in a race war if “negroes,” egged on by the “largely Jewish-Progressive owned media,” engaged in “black rage.” Hill warned that “if negroes think a ‘race war’ in modern America would be to their advantage, they had better prepare themselves for a very rude awakening.” On June 1, Hill openly declared that “our Southern forebears” who opposed civil rights for African-Americans “were right.”

With a leader spouting tirades about race war and followers openly cavorting with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, there can be no further doubt that the League of the South, despite its past denials, is anything other than an explicitly white supremacist organization.

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