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October 4, 2013

Matthew Heimbach Embracing Hard-Core White Supremacy

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Heimbach, standing on far right in T-shirt and jeans, gives salute at hard-core white supremacist event.

Matthew Heimbach, head of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), and former founder of the white student union at Towson University, attended an event last month sponsored by neo-Nazis, racist skinheads and Klan groups in Kentucky.

The Aryan Terror Brigade (ATB), a small, racist skinhead group, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, the Knights of the Nordic Order, and the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), whose headquarters are in Kentucky, hosted the event.  In a picture from the gathering, Heimbach is seen with a group of white supremacists saluting for the camera. Some of these groups, particularly the ATB, have a history of violence.

Although Heimbach once claimed that his views were merely conservative, he seems to be  increasingly embracing hard-core white supremacy. In addition to the September event, Heimbach attended a white supremacist gathering in August 2013 hosted by Don Black, who runs the racist Internet forum Stormfront. At the event, he also met with David Duke, former Klan leader and virulent anti-Semite. In an article on the TYN blog, Heimbach called both men his heroes.

In his posts for the TYN, Heimbach has becoming increasingly anti-Semitic.  In an interview on Duke’s radio show in August 3013, he talked about “Jewish supremacists who are pushing for our destruction.” At the white supremacist American Freedom Party conference in July 2013, Heimbach asserted, “We know the Jewish influence, that capitalists who want to extort us to make money, and the Communists who want to destroy all ethnic religious and racial tides are united together seeking our total destruction.”

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March 28, 2013

White Supremacists To Stage Protest Over Memphis Parks

This Saturday, March 30, members of a North Carolina-based Ku Klux Klan group and other white supremacists will stage a protest at a courthouse in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, to protest that city’s decision to rename three local parks bearing names related to the Confederacy. In rallying support for the protest, Chris Barker, the “Imperial Wizard” of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (LWK), told followers that the government was attempting to “erase all that our Anglo Saxon Race has to be proud of.” Following the protest, the LWK plans to host a cross-burning on private property at an undisclosed location.

A number of Klan groups reacted with anger in February 2013, after the Memphis City Council voted 9-0 to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, Confederate Park and Jefferson Davis Park with less offensive titles. Of the three, the park named after Forrest had been the most controversial, as prior to the Civil War, Forrest had been a slave trader, and during the War was a general who had been associated with the massacre of African-American soldiers. After the war he became the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Klan reaction following the vote was predictable. James Moore, the LWK’s Grand Dragon for the Realm of Virginia, posted a YouTube video of himself attempting to describe the City Council’s unanimous vote as a “continuing cultural genocide [against] white Americans.” Frank Ancona, the Missouri-based leader of another Klan group, the Traditionalist American Knights, claimed that “niggardly politicians” had “declared WAR on our White Confederate Heroes and History.”

Barker launched a campaign asking his members and those of other Klan groups to call Memphis city council members to protest the decision, even providing Klansmen with their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Frank Ancona urged his own members to participate in “calling these degenerate scum ASAP and let’s make them sorry they ever made this ridiculous decision.” Some city council members have reported receiving such communications.

On February 14, Tamra Crowder submitted a permit on behalf of the LWK for  the group’s public protest.  Other white supremacists soon joined in.  On March 10, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit, Michigan, announced that NSM leader Jeff Schoep would speak at the Memphis event.  NSM members from Texas, South Carolina and Georgia also plan to attend. The Northern Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Arkansas-based International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Louisiana-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations have all also claimed that members would attend.

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January 23, 2013

White Supremacists Begin New Year With Plot, Murder

Anthony Baumgartner at Charlotte, North Carolina, NSM rally in November 2012

American white supremacists marked the New Year with violence, opening 2013 with a murder in Kentucky and an alleged plot in Ohio.  Suspects in both incidents have ties to neo-Nazi groups.

The murder occurred near the small town of Walton, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 9. About a week later, Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men on kidnapping, murder and abuse of a corpse charges, stating that the suspects had beaten the victim in two separate locations and stabbed and strangled him to death at the second location, then dismembered his body and left parts of it in different places. The victim was a 19-year old drug addict who also allegedly sold heroin to support his own drug habit.  

The suspects arrested were Anthony Baumgartner, 23; Jeffrey Allen, 21; and Stephen Harkness, 22. At least one of the suspects has ties to the white supremacist movement. Baumgartner, who has several white supremacist tattoos, was a relatively recent recruit to the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), with the rank of “Stormtrooper First Class.” He attended a major NSM rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November 2012 and also attended or organized local NSM events in Boone County. He claimed to have in the past been involved with a Ku Klux Klan group; this has not been verified.

Baumgartner and the others also admired outlaw motorcycle gangs and Baumgartner claimed on one Web site that he was the former president of a biker club called “SS Bandits.” This has also not been verified.

Recently, he posted to a white supremacist site that “I want to get back in the race war so me and a few other boys in my area are starting to clean up [the] area of drugs and so called street gangs…we had […] enough and its time we stand up and take back what is ares [sic].”

In neighboring Ohio, meanwhile, federal prosecutors in mid-January indicted another neo-Nazi, Richard Schmidt of Bowling Green, on weapons charges. Schmidt, a convicted felon, allegedly had a horde of weapons that included at least 18 assault weapons and more than 40,000 rounds of ammo. According to NBC News, a law enforcement officer said there was evidence that Schmidt possibly was planning attacks on Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area. 

Schmidt was a long-time member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, recently acting as its Toledo contact point, and in the past also occasionally attended meetings of the NSM.

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