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July 3, 2014

Matthew Heimbach Publically Returns to Racist Street Activism

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Matthew Heimbach

After announcing he was taking a sabbatical from activism, Matthew Heimbach, the co-founder white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), returned to racist activities during the month of June. Heimbach attended three events in June organized by the white Southern nationalist group League of the South (LOS).

Despite the fact that Heimbach was previously banned from the organization for attending neo-Nazi events, Heimbach not only attended the recent LOS annual conference but also took part in LOS demonstrations in Kentucky and Alabama.

On Saturday, June 1, Heimbach attended demonstrations organized by the Kentucky chapter of the League which took place in the towns of Carrollton, and Warsaw, Kentucky. At the demonstrations, Heimbach held a sign that read, “Feds out of Kentucky.” Another LOS protest is scheduled to take place in the town of Pikeville, Kentucky, on July 19. According to LOS, the demonstration will be in support of coal miners in the state “whose industry is being destroyed by the feds.”

Over the past two years, LOS changed tactics, focusing more on street activism in an attempt to attract new members and raise awareness about the organization and Southern nationalism. Brad Griffin, aka Hunter Wallace, the founder of the racist blog Occidental Dissent is the main promoter of this tactic. The theme of this year’s LOS national conference was “Hitting the Streets: Taking the Southern Nationalist Message to the Public.”

Griffin joined LOS two years ago and is responsible for bringing the organization closer to the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), another racist organization with chapters around the South. Griffin is married to Renee Baum, the daughter of Gordon Baum, the head of CofCC. LOS and CofCC held demonstrations together for the first time during the past year. Griffin spoke about the issue of street activism and the media attention it garners at the LOS national conference last Saturday, June 28.

After their national conference ended on June 28, LOS held a demonstration in Wetumpka, Alabama, where the group is headquartered. Heimbach and many other conference attendees joined the event, which focused on supporting Southern workers who LOS claims are losing their jobs to immigrants. Many of the LOS protests are anti-immigrant but others focus on issues such as marriage equality. A similar demonstration is scheduled to take place in Gainesville, Georgia, on August 23.

Heimbach’s return to racist activism appears only to be with LOS for the time being. One possible reason for this is the LOS’s promotion of a racist version of Christian values, which Heimbach also embraces. It remains to be seen whether Heimbach will organize again with other racist organizations, but it’s clear that his sabbatical from racist activity is over.

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May 7, 2014

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heimbach

Matthew Heimbach and Matt Parrott, the founders of the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), have decided to take a sabbatical from their activities. The two took this step after the priest of the Orthodox Christian church they belong to publicly released a statement on April 29 saying that Heimbach must “cease and desist all activities, both online, in print, and in person, promoting racist and separationist ideologies….”

The same priest earlier that month had overseen Heimbach’s communion in the Orthodox Church.  Although it is unclear where Parrott stands in terms of his own communion, he and Heimbach have both apparently chosen to take time off from their activities at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Parrott writes that he and Heimbach do not know if their leave of absence will be temporary or permanent.

Parrott and especially Heimbach have openly talked about their religious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the communion a public issue because Heimbach “makes inflammatory public statements in the name of the Orthodox Faith.”  Both Heimbach and Parrott ostensibly see their white supremacist beliefs as compatible with their vision of Christianity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Parrott has tried to justify their views by claiming they have no ill will towards other religious and ethnic groups.

It is unclear how Parrott and Heimbach plan to spend their sabbatical. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activities and do penance to be received back into the Orthodox communion, Heimbach participated in a demonstration led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Washington, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heimbach back into the group after kicking him out in October 2013 for taking part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heimbach attended the white supremacist American Renaissance conference in Tennessee. In addition, TYN continues to function as a group, despite Heimbach and Parrot’s leave.

The reaction from the white supremacist community has been somewhat mixed, with most people supporting Heimbach and Parrott’s sabbatical while the two figure out their next moves. One well-known white supremacist, Greg Johnson, who runs the online white supremacist publication Counter-Currents, has attacked Heimbach and Parrott for abandoning the white supremacist cause for the sake of Christianity. Others, like Brad Griffin, aka Hunter Wallace, who runs the racist Occidental Dissent blog, believe that Heimbach and Parrott will be able to reconcile their racist views with Christianity and make a full return to the white supremacist movement.

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May 2, 2014

White Supremacist Conference Again Aims to Mobilize Whites

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American Renaissance Speakers Group Photo

The white supremacist  group New Century Foundation has, for the third time, held its American Renaissance (AmRen) gathering  at a conference center at a national park in Burns, Tennessee.  On April 25-27, the approximately 175 attendees at the event heard speakers voice their ideas about how to mobilize whites by highlighting their culture and heritage. This year’s conference also expanded on last year’s theme of creating a white ethno-state on the North American continent.

The conference featured some new speakers, and some conference veterans such as Sam Dickson, a longtime white supremacist and speaker at the previous eleven AmRen conferences.  In his speech, Dickson claimed America was founded on the “lie” that all men were created equal. He asserted that a new narrative needs to be created for whites, which rejects the concepts of freedom and individualism promoted by the Tea Party and the belief in equality promoted by President Obama. Jack Donovan, a contributor to the white supremacist online publication Counter-Currents, echoed Dickson’s comments when responding to a question about forming a new identity for whites in North America, saying that any new identity must be different from that of the founding fathers who he claimed started off with “failure.”

John Morgan, the editor-in-chief of the Hungary-based far-right publishing house Arktos, called for whites within the movement to start reflecting a positive outlook in order to influence others. To do that, Morgan urged whites to highlight and praise their culture, in the form of books, art and films. Morgan also lamented the “culture of consumerism” active in the West today. Donovan’s speech similarly criticized the culture of consumerism which, he said, has left a cultural void. Donovan claimed the only way to stop this is to abandon the “universal” in favor of the “tribal” thus promoting a culture that is “discriminatory” and promotes the idea of identity.

Jared Taylor, the head the New Century Foundation, claimed the problem with whites is that they are too concerned with helping others and not themselves, which, he argued, leads to their downfall. Taylor called the conference attendees “missionaries” and insisted they must appeal to the soul of whites, not the mind. Their work, he maintained, is very difficult because many of the people they are trying to influence think of whites in the movement as “evil,” and therefore rude, arrogant, or mean-spirited.

As was the case at last year’s event, many young white supremacists were present, including Brad Griffin, who runs the racist website Occidental Dissent, and his wife Renee Baum, the daughter of Gordon Baum, leader of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Richard Spencer, head of the white supremacist think tank National Policy Institute (NPI) also attended, as did Matthew Heimbach of the white supremacist activist group Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) and his friend Scott Terry. Patrick Sharp, who founded the White Student Union at Georgia State University and Holocaust denier Mark Weber from the anti-Semitic Institute for Historical Review were also present.

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