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March 30, 2015

White Supremacists Protest Against Purported “White Genocide”

White supremacists in locations across the United States recently took part in demonstrations, leafletings, and individual acts of protest to promote an increasingly popular concept within the white supremacy movement: the notion of “white genocide.”

Doggett at Starbucks

Doggett at Starbucks

The Anti-Defamation League tracked incidents in at least 11 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Activities also occurred in other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, and New Zealand.

All actions took place on March 21, 2015, a date white supremacists have for several years declared to be “White Pride World Wide Day.” Described as part of the “March against White Genocide,” the actions were organized and promoted by Fight Wide Genocide, a self-described “collective of…activism” led by white supremacist Laura Fitzgerald, who is based in the Columbia, South Carolina, area.

The term “white genocide” is a relatively recent phrase coined by white supremacists to describe one of their long-held convictions: that the white race is “dying” due to non-white immigration and “forced assimilation.” White supremacists commonly claim that Jews are behind this “genocidal” action.

Fitzgerald, the campaign organizer, is a disciple of Robert Whitaker, an elderly guru in the white supremacist movement. His followers have coined what they term the “Stop White Genocide Mantra.” Fitzgerald encouraged white supremacists to participate through demonstrations, posting “#WhiteGenocide” stickers in public locations, holding up banners at high-traffic locations, or handing out literature.

A few white supremacists even tried to exploit Starbucks’ recent “Race Together” diversity campaign. Ron Doggett, a longtime white supremacist based in Richmond, Virginia, and several others demonstrated outside a local Starbucks, holding up a “Diversity = White Genocide” banner and other white supremacist signs and placards. Doggett is a former supporter of David Duke, as well as Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in the 2014 fatal shootings of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas.

Another white supremacist posted on-line a photo of a cup of Starbucks coffee with “‘Race Together’ is a code word for WHITE GENOCIDE” written on the sleeve.

Most demonstrations and actions were small in scope. The largest occurred in Florence, Kentucky, where 10-15 white supremacists led by neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell carried a “‘Diversity’ = White Genocide” banner and waved white supremacist flags and placards.

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October 17, 2013

Arkansas Racist Billboard Part of White Supremacist Strategy

racist-harrison-billboard

Source: harrisonar.net

An anonymous white supremacist recently caused a stir in Harrison, Arkansas, by leasing a 12’ x 24’ billboard in order to display the racist phrase “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.” 

This is not a random slogan but rather a strategy that has emerged in recent years on the part of white supremacists to try to reverse allegations of racism by implying that anybody who speaks out against racism is somehow therefore “anti-white.”

The proponents of this strategy are followers of elderly white supremacist Bob Whitaker, a former Republican congressional aid and minor Reagan administration appointee in the 1970s and 1980s who embraced white supremacy and began writing for neo-Nazi publications. 

Whitaker’s followers consider him an “expert” on political propaganda and have adopted his belief that the key to successful propaganda is to come up with simple slogans and endlessly repeat them.  To this end, in the mid-2000s Whitaker devotees such as Timothy Murdock, who under the pseudonym “Horus the Avenger” runs the White Rabbit Radio website, came up with what they call the “Stop White Genocide Mantra” or simply “The Mantra.”

The “Mantra” is a short, eight-paragraph statement based on Whitaker’s racist views that claims that concerns about racism are essentially camouflage for the “ongoing program of genocide” against the white race.  It ends with the phrase “They say they are anti-racist.  What they are is anti-white.”  From the “Mantra,” Whitaker adherents developed the shorter phrase, which they endlessly repeat, “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white.”  

Whitaker and Murdock followers plaster this slogan everywhere they can—across the web, in banners over freeways, as signs or stickers, and more.  Every month, white supremacists create petitions with this slogan on the White House’s “We the People” petition Website.  “Mantra” fans have littered the white supremacist website Stormfront with the phrase so often that it has irritated even other white supremacists on that site. 

The Harrison billboard is simply the latest effort in this white supremacist rhetorical strategy, one that has no more chance of mainstream success than any previous white supremacist slogan has ever had, from “White Power!” to “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”  However, as the billboard has been leased for a year, Harrison residents may have to put up with this ugly racist slogan in their midst for some time.

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