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August 2, 2013

Founder Of White Student Union At Georgia State Has History Of Espousing Extreme Views

A freshman student from Alabama, Patrick Sharp recently founded an informal “White Student Union” on the campus of Georgia State University in Atlanta. According to newspaper reports, Sharp, started the group to celebrate white identity. patrick-sharp

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sharp argued that as whites inevitably become a minority in the United States, they should not back away from expressing pride in the white race and white heritage.  His statement echoes the views of a number of American white supremacists. 

Later in the same interview, Sharp revealed that his inspiration for starting the White Student Union was racist Matthew Heimbach, who founded the White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland in 2012. Sharp viewed videos of Heimbach, who has been the subject of media attention. A recent short documentary on Heimbach created by the alternative news service VICE has almost 300,000 views on YouTube.

Heimbach is no longer the White Student Union leader at Towson, but runs the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) with white supremacist Matt Parrott, the former head of the Indiana branch of the white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) and the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP).

According to Parrott, TYN is “the first attempt to adapt the European New Right’s ideals to the American context for street action, and it already includes an impressive selection of America’s most active and respected young street activists and public advocates.” The group appears to be modeled after Generation Identitaire, the youth movement arm of the far-right French political party Bloc Identitaire, led by Fabrice Robert. The website for the Georgia State White Student Union links to TYN, calling it “our sister organization.”

Sharp’s online footprint indicates that he shares the ideology of Parrott and Heimbach. Sharp’s Facebook page shows that he “likes” a slew of European far-right political parties, figures and movements including Fabrice Robert, Generation Identitaire and Jobbik, a virulently anti-Semitic Hungarian political party that once called for the creation of a list of Jews in Hungary who pose a “national security risk.” 

Sharp also has also posted extreme comments on Facebook. In a posting dated December 1, 2011, Sharp wrote “I hope more Americans, and ESPECIALLY Europeans begin to wake up to the threat that is Islam. There is no place for Islam in the West.” In another post dated February 8, 2012, Sharp wrote, “The people carrying out these programs of White Genocide say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White!” In addition, Sharp has a profile on the website of the white supremacist publication American Renaissance published by racist Jared Taylor.

While Sharp is one example of a college student inspired by emerging young leaders in the white supremacist movement in the United States such as Matt Parrott and Matthew Heimbach, it remains to be seen whether American racists can successfully create an actual  youth movement in this country modeled after far-right European youth movements.

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March 21, 2013

Extremists Flock to 40th Annual CPAC Conference

Merlin Miller, a white supremacist affiliated with the American Freedom Party, attended CPAC 2013.

The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 14-16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. attracted a number of individuals on the extreme right of the political spectrum. Attendees at CPAC this year included a white supremacist who ran for President in the 2012 election, members of a “white student union” at Towson University, and a reported white supremacist who currently runs an anti-immigrant group. A prominent member of the anti-government Oath Keepers group presented at the event.

Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona, an anti-government activist and member of the Oath Keepers, presented at this year’s CPAC at a session titled “How a Constitutional Sheriff can Protect Your Second Amendment Rights.” The Oath Keepers claim they will refuse to carry out certain “orders” that they expect the federal government to issue, such as putting citizens in concentration camps, assisting foreign troops in invading the country and declaring martial law. During his speech, Mack claimed “the President has no authority in your county” and asserted that “there is no gun control in the Constitution.”

Matthew Heimbach, a former activist with the now defunct racist group Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) and the founder of the “white student union” at Towson University in Maryland, attended CPAC with other students. Heimbach and another student, Scott Terry, disrupted a panel titled, “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” Terry proclaimed that “I feel like my people, my demographic are being systematically disenfranchised” and asked the speaker, K. Carl Smith of the group Frederick Douglas Republicans, “Why can’t we be more like Booker T. Washington Republicans?” Smith responded by talking about a letter written by Frederick Douglas forgiving his slave master. Terry interrupted Smith, blurting out, “for giving him shelter and food and…,” causing a commotion. A few moments later both Terry and Heimbach further disrupted proceedings by shouting that Martin Luther King was a “Marxist.”

Robert Vandervoort, the executive director of the anti-immigrant group ProEnglish, attended this year’s CPAC. Vandervoort is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. Another extremist in attendance was Merlin Miller, a white supremacist who ran for President in the 2012 election on the American Third Position (A3P) ticket. A3P, now renamed the American Freedom Party, is a white supremacist political party. Miller attended one session titled “Iran and the Islamist Threat to America and the West: What is – What Should Be – Our Strategy.” As reported by ADL, Miller attended an anti-Semitic “Hollywoodism” conference in Tehran earlier in 2013.

Though one of the major themes of the 2013 CPAC was increasing inclusivity in the GOP, extremist elements, though small in number, were still able not only to attend but to participate at this year’s event.

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October 17, 2012

White Supremacist Jared Taylor’s Speech at Texas A&M Is Sponsored by Neo-Nazi

Preston Wigginton

Preston Wigginton, a 48-year-old neo-Nazi and former racist skinhead, is sponsoring a speech by white supremacist Jared Taylor at Texas A&M University on October 23, 2012.  In an announcement about the speech, Taylor claims that there are “ongoing efforts to displace white Texans at the university” and refers readers to a Texas A&M report that discusses racial diversity.

This will be the second time this month that Taylor has been invited to speak at a college campus. In early October, he spoke at Towson University in Maryland about the “legitimacy of white racial consciousness” at the behest of the White Student Union.

Wigginton is a familiar figure at Texas A&M, where he is a former student. In January 2012, he held a demonstration at the campus against Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.

In the past, Wigginton has brought other controversial figures to the campus. In fall 2007, he sponsored an appearance at Texas A&M by Nick Griffin, who was then the head of the ultra-right British National Party (BNP), a party that attracted many neo-Nazis.  Griffin spoke on the spread of Islam in Europe in a speech titled, “Islam, Terror and Western Civilization.”

Earlier that year, Wigginton also had the idea to bring Taylor to campus to speak about diversity issues at the school. Wigginton claimed he had attended a diversity symposium set up to address racial tension at Texas A&M and he then challenged the Associate Provost of Diversity at Texas A&M to debate Taylor. The campus paper The Battalion reported that Wigginton held a 2-by-4 foot sign to promote the debate, which did not take place.

Wigginton is also virulently anti-immigrant. In November 2005, he organized and funded a lecture tour for anti-immigration activist Frosty Wooldridge. The tour covered five Texas universities, including Texas A&M. The purpose of Wooldridge’s tour was to gather signatures on a petition against Texas House Bill 1403, which gave children of undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition rates if they had graduated from a Texas high school and lived in the state for three years.

In addition to living in Texas, Wigginton has spent a lot of time in Russia. In 2007, he addressed thousands of Russian nationalists at the Russian March, which promoted Russian nationalism and attacked non-white immigration. The participants gave Nazi salutes at the march and shouted, “White power.”  Shortly after this event Wigginton forged ties with Alexander Belov, an anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant nationalist in Russia.  In addition, that year Wigginton spoke at an annual memorial rally in Sweden in honor of a 17-year-old neo-Nazi who was killed by non-Swedes in 2000.

Wigginton was also active in racist skinhead circles. In 2005, he attended a racist skinhead Hammerfest in Draketown, Georgia, and won the “World’s Strongest Skinhead Competition.”

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