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January 23, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Form New Group In Michigan

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Dan Poole

Update:  On the day this blog was posted, the organization’s founders dis­solved the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture as a lim­ited lia­bil­ity corporation.

Two white suprema­cists, Dan Poole and Kyle Bris­tow, have founded a new group, the Cen­ter for the Advance­ment of Occi­den­tal Cul­ture (CAOC) in Michi­gan.  Poole, a recent col­lege grad­u­ate, and Bris­tow, an attor­ney, have both pre­vi­ously been active in racist cir­cles.  Poole is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of CAOC and Bris­tow will be the organization’s chief legal officer.

The two are part of a grow­ing trend of younger, edu­cated white suprema­cists form­ing groups that pro­mote racism but use terms like “Occi­den­tal cul­ture,” “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion,”  or “tra­di­tion­al­ism” in place of more explic­itly racist ter­mi­nol­ogy.  This san­i­tized lan­guage can be more palat­able to peo­ple who would be turned off by overt racism.

In a state­ment released at the end of Decem­ber 2013, Poole wrote that the organization’s mis­sion is “to advance and defend West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” by pro­mot­ing European-themed art, cul­ture and events.  The group also wants to fight alleged “dis­crim­i­na­tion and harass­ment directed at European-Americans.” CAOC asserts that it will be dif­fer­ent from other orga­ni­za­tions by “being on the front lines as the van­guard of the Occi­dent in the cul­ture war.”

Poole, a recent grad­u­ate of Oak­land Uni­ver­sity in Michi­gan, has been active with the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party.  AFP, for­merly known as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion, has run white suprema­cist can­di­dates for var­i­ous offices. 

While attend­ing Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity (MSU), Bris­tow was the con­tro­ver­sial head of the MSU Young Amer­i­cans for Free­dom. In 2007, the group invited British white nation­al­ist Nick Grif­fin to speak at the school. Bris­tow went on to write arti­cles for Cit­i­zens Informer, the pub­li­ca­tion of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens and authored a novel White Apoc­a­lypse and a col­lec­tion of essays, The Con­science of a Right-Winger

White Apoc­a­lypse pro­motes the idea Euro­peans were the first to inhabit North Amer­ica and were the vic­tims of non-whites who later slaugh­tered them. The newest ver­sion of the book, pub­lished in Octo­ber 2013, con­tains an intro­duc­tion by Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), a small white suprema­cist group.

Heim­bach is another exam­ple of a young, white, edu­cated racist who has embraced hard­core extrem­ism. Heim­bach was first active in Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a now defunct stu­dent group, with goals sim­i­lar to CAOC. Heim­bach claims that he sought Bristow’s advice when he ran the YWC chap­ter at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in 2011. 

CAOC joins other orga­ni­za­tions such as TYN and the National Pol­icy Insti­tute, a white suprema­cist think tank, which are hop­ing to reach dis­af­fected younger whites.

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May 14, 2013 4

Richard Spencer: A Symbol Of The New White Supremacy

Richard Spencer, 35, is a sym­bol of a new gen­er­a­tion of intel­lec­tual white suprema­cists. Based in White­fish, Mon­tana, he runs a vari­ety of ven­tures that pro­mote racist ideology.richard-spencer

Spencer received media atten­tion this week after a reporter dis­cov­ered that Spencer pub­lished two arti­cles by Jason Rich­wine, co-author of the recent Her­itage Foun­da­tion report on alleged costs of immi­gra­tion report. Spencer pub­lished the pieces on on Alter­na­tive Right, a racist web­site he founded.

In addi­tion to Alter­na­tive Right (which he no longer edits but still writes for), Spencer runs the National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI), a white suprema­cist think tank; pub­lishes Radix, a jour­nal that pro­motes white cul­ture and iden­tity, and heads Wash­ing­ton Sum­mit Pub­lish­ers, a com­pany that sells books by lead­ing intel­lec­tual white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor of Amer­i­can Renais­sance and the late Sam Francis. 

Through all of these ven­tures, Spencer has become a leader in white suprema­cist cir­cles that envi­sion a “new” right that will openly embrace “white racial con­scious­ness.” Although Spencer began his career The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive, he has since rejected con­ser­vatism. He believes that con­ser­v­a­tives can’t or won’t rep­re­sent explic­itly white interests.

Spencer has been an influ­ence on a younger gen­er­a­tion of college-age racists. In 2010 and 2011, lead­ers of the now defunct racist stu­dent group, Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, invited Spencer to speak at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity in Ten­nessee and Prov­i­dence Col­lege in Rhode Island. In both speeches to stu­dents at the schools, Spencer attacked affir­ma­tive action.

In other instances, Spencer has rejected the idea of appeal­ing to main­stream audi­ences. In a 2011 inter­view on the web­site of Wer­mod and Wer­mod, a British-based pub­lish­ing com­pany that also sells white suprema­cist books, Spencer said, “Try­ing to ‘work within the sys­tem,’ or appeal to European-Americans using the lan­guage of FOX News and the GOP, is a bootless—not to men­tion a tasteless—strategy.”

Instead, at the April 2013 Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence, Spencer called for the cre­ation of a “white ethno-state on the North Amer­i­can continent.”

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