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March 18, 2015 7

White Supremacists Target Two Anti-Racist Intellectuals

Two white suprema­cist groups, National Youth Front (NYF) and Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have launched a cam­paign against two intel­lec­tu­als whose work focuses on race– related issues. The two groups have orga­nized protests on cam­puses and used the Inter­net to gar­ner sup­port for their cause.

NYF member John Hess at protest in Arizona

NYF mem­ber John Hess at protest in Arizona

NYF, a branch of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), has tar­geted Lee Bebout, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity (ASU) in Tempe. Pro­fes­sor Bebout is teach­ing a con­tro­ver­sial course called “U.S. Race The­ory and the Prob­lem of White­ness.” NYF mem­bers and sup­port­ers placed fliers declar­ing Bebout “anti-white” on cam­pus and in his neigh­bor­hood. White suprema­cist web sites such as Storm­front and Daily Stormer then pub­lished Pro­fes­sor Bebout’s con­tact infor­ma­tion. He has since received dozens of threat­en­ing and harass­ing emails and phone messages.

In early March, a small group of NYF sup­port­ers, includ­ing neo-Nazi Harry Hughes of the National Social­ist Move­ment, con­tin­ued their cam­paign against Pro­fes­sor Bebout by hold­ing a protest near ASU. Though NYF has tried to estab­lish chap­ters on var­i­ous cam­puses, the only area of real-world activ­ity appears to be at ASU. The group’s so-called direc­tor of national chap­ters, Dax­ter Reed (aka Daecca Reed) is based in North Car­olina. The leader of the group, Angelo John Gage, is a white suprema­cist based in New Jer­sey. He ran for U.S. Con­gress as an AFP can­di­date in 2014 and has done pod­casts on The White Voice, a racist Inter­net media site.

TYN, founded by white suprema­cists Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott in May 2013, has pro­moted a cam­paign against Tim Wise. Wise, an inde­pen­dent scholar, gives speeches about com­bat­ing racism at cam­puses around the coun­try. TYN mem­bers and sup­port­ers recently protested Wise’s speech at Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity at Bloom­ing­ton on March 11. Thomas Buhls, the head of the TYN chap­ter at IU—Bloomington, led a group of about 20 sup­port­ers who held signs against Wise and about end­ing “white guilt.” TYN has declared that Wise is anti-white.

Accord­ing to Buhls, a for­mer Klan mem­ber, TYN was joined at the protest by other white suprema­cists, includ­ing neo-Nazi Robert Rans­dell and mem­bers of hard­core racist skin­head group Supreme White Alliance. Buhls also reported that NYF mem­bers joined the protest, which was met by a larger crowd of anti-racist protestors.

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August 13, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Marks Return With Vicious Anti-Semitic Essay

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach, who took a three-month sab­bat­i­cal from writ­ing on the blog of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) that he co-founded, has returned with a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic essay accus­ing Jews of mur­der, world dom­i­na­tion, and “cold-blooded cruelty.”

In May, after Heimbach’s priest rebuked him for his “racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ide­olo­gies.” Heim­bach ceased most of his pub­lic activism. He did not write a sin­gle piece for the TYN blog until this week. His essay, pub­lished August 11, shows that Heim­bach con­tin­ues to har­bor hate­ful views towards Jews.

Using the war in Gaza as a back­drop, Heim­bach pro­motes anti-Semitic canards. He not only accuses Israel of com­mit­ting geno­cide against Arabs, he claims that the Jews have mur­dered a num­ber of Chris­tians to seize power and under­mine “the Church.” Heim­bach uses the anti-Semitic writ­ing of both ancient and mod­ern Chris­t­ian thinkers to jus­tify his views.   He writes,

“Whether Arab, Euro­pean, or any other type of Chris­t­ian, we must stand united in resis­tance to the Zion­ist plague that is work­ing to under­mine and destroy the Church on both an insti­tu­tional and an indi­vid­ual level.”

Claim­ing that he is view­ing Jews “through the lens of Chris­tian­ity and Chris­t­ian prophecy,” Heim­bach asserts that there is “a unity between those who strug­gle against the Zion­ist State and Inter­na­tional Jewry here in the West and those on the streets of Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon.” He adds, “We face the exact same enemy, one who doesn’t care if they kill our women, chil­dren, and elderly. We are fac­ing a truly Satanic enemy…”

Heim­bach also alleges that “Inter­na­tional Jewry and the Jew­ish State are ded­i­cated to sub­ver­sion, manip­u­la­tion, and total con­trol over the worlds [sic] finances, media, gov­ern­ments, and our per­sonal lives.” He goes on to claim that Jews bribe peo­ple to “their folk and Faith and serve Jew­ish inter­ests” and that these “trai­tors must be held account­able for their betrayal of our fold and swear­ing alle­giance to the anti-Christ.”

Heim­bach lauds the ter­ror­ist group Hezbol­lah as “friends and allies of both Chris­tians and Euro­pean nation­al­ists who seek the same out­come, the destruc­tion of the Jew­ish State and the end to the influ­ence of Inter­na­tional Jewry on the var­i­ous peo­ples of the world.” He argues that Chris­tians should take the lead to “defeat” Jews.

In addi­tion to accus­ing Jews of nefar­i­ous acts, Heim­bach asserts that their rejec­tion of Jesus is the cause of their “wicked path.” This lat­est post indi­cates that Heim­bach has dis­re­garded his priest’s admo­ni­tion about pro­mot­ing extreme views, and has decided to post even more vehe­mently anti-Semitic rhetoric than in the past.

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July 3, 2014 3

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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