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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.

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“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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October 24, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Group CAPS Appoints Extremist As A Writing Fellow

The Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) now lists anti-immigrant extremist and racist John Vinson as a “senior writing fellow” on its website.  On October 18, 2013, CAPS published a blog by Vinson, who is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). john-vinson

Vinson’s AICF reportedly received funding from the Pioneer Fund. The New York Times has described the Pioneer Fund as having been established for the express purpose of promoting research into eugenics and as having sponsored projects based on the notion that blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites. CAPS also received a grant from Pioneer in 2002.

Vinson has a history of extremist ties and statements.  He is a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate organization currently run by racist Michael Hill. While with the LOS, Vinson was credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism.” While accepting many standard Christian beliefs and declaring Jesus as their Savior, Kinists assert that whites have a “God-given right” to preserve their “own kind” and live separately from other races.

In 1999, Vinson spoke on an immigration panel at a Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) conference alongside other anti-immigrant extremists, including Virginia Abernethy of the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol.

In 1998, Vinson was the guest-editor of one of the most notorious issues of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. The issue, titled “Europhobia: The Hostility Toward European-Descended Americans,” featured articles from a number of white supremacists, including Jared Taylor and Sam Francis. In his editorial for the Europhobia issue, Vinson wrote, “Multiculturalism, which subordinates successful Euro-American culture to dysfunctional Third World cultures, keeps gaining ground against surprisingly weak opposition.”

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August 29, 2013

Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award From Racists At Anti-Immigrant Rally

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Michael Hill hands award to Police Chief Lewis Smith in Uvalda

A Georgia police chief accepted an award from racists and anti-immigrant extremists at an anti-immigrant protest.

Michael Hill, the president of the League of the South (LOS), an implicitly racist neo-Confederate group, gave Police Chief Lewis Smith, chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in Georgia, the LOS’s “Robert E. Lee Award.” Hill reportedly gave Smith the award because of the chief’s support of the rally and as “a small token of [their] appreciation.”

Hill, who has become increasingly radical, was one of a number of racist speakers at the rally. Other speakers at the event included leaders in LOS and Michael Cushman, who heads the Southern Nationalist Network (SNN). Attendees, who included white supremacists Brad Griffin (also known as Hunter Wallace) and Kyle Rogers of the Council of Conservative Citizens, were also protesting Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges’ support of a lawsuit against Georgia’s harsh immigration laws. 

Despite the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center informed Chief Smith of the protesters’ extremism, Smith not only participated in the event, he brought refreshments for the protesters.

In an effort to play down their extremism, participants at the protest did not openly display white supremacist symbols or even the Confederate flag. They held up a flag from the SNN, a Georgia secession flag, as well as an LOS banner. Most of the participants also followed a dress code of slacks and shirts, as requested in the event’s announcement on the LOS Facebook page.

Speakers at the event, however, expressed racist, anti-immigrant views. Cushman claimed that immigration was “an invasion of our country” and argued that it was “immoral” to replace “a unique people,” meaning Southern whites, with immigrants. Hill asserted that “demographics is destiny” and argued, “This is our land. We settled it. We built it. And we own it. It’s ours.”

In addition, participants held handmade signs that read, “Mayor Bridges wants to replace us,” and “It’s wrong to replace us.” After the rally in Uvalda, the participants continued their protest in nearby Vidalia.

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