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June 28, 2016 1

The Hate Group Behind the Sacramento White Supremacist Rally

A coterie of racist skin­heads and other white suprema­cists staged a rally at the state capi­tol in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, this past week­end, a rally that degen­er­ated into a bloody brawl when the racists were attacked by a larger group of left-wing counter-demonstrators. At least 10 peo­ple were report­edly injured.

Racist skinheads involved in Sacramento rally

White suprema­cists who par­tic­i­pated in Sacra­mento rally

Both sides came pre­pared for a fight, after a pre­vi­ous brawl in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier in the year, and both sides declared “suc­cess” after the fra­cas, but it is the white suprema­cists who most ben­e­fit from the free pub­lic­ity that such vio­lent gen­er­ates “We stood our ground. We’ll be back,” promised one white suprema­cist after the Sacra­mento event. That was Matthew Heim­bach who, with fel­low racist Matt Par­rott, orga­nized the rally from afar.

Heim­bach and Par­rott are the lead­ers of a new hate group, The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party (TWP), which claims to be the “polit­i­cal arm” of their ear­lier white suprema­cist endeavor, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), but seems to be sup­plant­ing it.

Their rally is part of a greater effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to unite dif­fer­ent racist groups under their umbrella to pro­mote white nation­al­ism and a white ethno-state. TWP adver­tised the event as a rally “against glob­al­iza­tion and in defense of the right to free expres­sion.” Plans for the rally had been in motion since April and TWP secured a per­mit to hold the event at the Sacra­mento State Capitol.

Traditionalist Worker Party graphic publicizing Sacramento rally

Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party graphic pub­li­ciz­ing Sacra­mento rally

The group also claimed the rally was, in part, a response to anti-racists, minori­ties and immi­grants who protested at events in Cal­i­for­nia held by pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump. TWP orga­nized the demon­stra­tion along with the Golden State Skin­heads, a racist skin­head group allied with TWP.

TWP was cre­ated after a largely unsuc­cess­ful effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to attract young peo­ple to white nation­al­ism through the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work. Unable to recruit many col­lege stu­dents to his group, Heim­bach turned instead to build­ing alliances with neo-Nazis and racist skin­heads. In 2013, he attended a gath­er­ing in Ken­tucky fea­tur­ing the racist skin­head Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment and sev­eral Ku Klux Klan groups.

Since then, Heim­bach has con­ducted more out­reach to racist skin­heads and neo-Nazis, par­tic­u­larly estab­lished groups like the Golden State Skin­heads in Cal­i­for­nia and the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Pennsylvania.

The Golden State Skin­heads (GSS), founded in 2003, is a California-based racist skin­head group with mem­bers from through­out the state.  They claim to be “a social club of Cal­i­for­nia white nation­al­ists… banned [sic] together for the sur­vival of our peo­ple and our beliefs.”  How­ever, pre­vi­ous ver­sions of their web­site “about us” page stated that they “oppose multi-culturalism, glob­al­iza­tion and Zion­ism, adding “our ulti­mate goal is to estab­lish a state owned and inhab­ited exclu­sively by the white race where we may peace­fully exist and pros­per gov­ern­ing our­selves with­out alien influence.”

GSS has coor­di­nated a num­ber of white power con­certs and social events through­out the state, includ­ing join­ing other white suprema­cist groups such as Cal­i­for­nia Skin­heads, Blood and Honor, and Amer­i­can Free­dom Party in June 2015, in Bak­ers­field, for a white power gath­er­ing dubbed Camp Com­radery 2015 [sic].  Heim­bach, already tied to GSS, was a main speaker at the event.

TWP has also been active on the East Coast. In Feb­ru­ary 2016, TWP co-hosted an event with the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Har­ris­burg. Two months later, the TWP’s first offi­cial mid-Atlantic chap­ter meet­ing, held in Philadel­phia brought in some 20 atten­dees and fea­tured Heim­bach and long-time Key­stone State Skin­head Steve Smith as speakers.

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May 7, 2015 8

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 7

White Supremacists Target Two Anti-Racist Intellectuals

Two white suprema­cist groups, National Youth Front (NYF) and Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have launched a cam­paign against two intel­lec­tu­als whose work focuses on race– related issues. The two groups have orga­nized protests on cam­puses and used the Inter­net to gar­ner sup­port for their cause.

NYF member John Hess at protest in Arizona

NYF mem­ber John Hess at protest in Arizona

NYF, a branch of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), has tar­geted Lee Bebout, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity (ASU) in Tempe. Pro­fes­sor Bebout is teach­ing a con­tro­ver­sial course called “U.S. Race The­ory and the Prob­lem of White­ness.” NYF mem­bers and sup­port­ers placed fliers declar­ing Bebout “anti-white” on cam­pus and in his neigh­bor­hood. White suprema­cist web sites such as Storm­front and Daily Stormer then pub­lished Pro­fes­sor Bebout’s con­tact infor­ma­tion. He has since received dozens of threat­en­ing and harass­ing emails and phone messages.

In early March, a small group of NYF sup­port­ers, includ­ing neo-Nazi Harry Hughes of the National Social­ist Move­ment, con­tin­ued their cam­paign against Pro­fes­sor Bebout by hold­ing a protest near ASU. Though NYF has tried to estab­lish chap­ters on var­i­ous cam­puses, the only area of real-world activ­ity appears to be at ASU. The group’s so-called direc­tor of national chap­ters, Dax­ter Reed (aka Daecca Reed) is based in North Car­olina. The leader of the group, Angelo John Gage, is a white suprema­cist based in New Jer­sey. He ran for U.S. Con­gress as an AFP can­di­date in 2014 and has done pod­casts on The White Voice, a racist Inter­net media site.

TYN, founded by white suprema­cists Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott in May 2013, has pro­moted a cam­paign against Tim Wise. Wise, an inde­pen­dent scholar, gives speeches about com­bat­ing racism at cam­puses around the coun­try. TYN mem­bers and sup­port­ers recently protested Wise’s speech at Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity at Bloom­ing­ton on March 11. Thomas Buhls, the head of the TYN chap­ter at IU—Bloomington, led a group of about 20 sup­port­ers who held signs against Wise and about end­ing “white guilt.” TYN has declared that Wise is anti-white.

Accord­ing to Buhls, a for­mer Klan mem­ber, TYN was joined at the protest by other white suprema­cists, includ­ing neo-Nazi Robert Rans­dell and mem­bers of hard­core racist skin­head group Supreme White Alliance. Buhls also reported that NYF mem­bers joined the protest, which was met by a larger crowd of anti-racist protestors.

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