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May 14, 2013 4

Richard Spencer: A Symbol Of The New White Supremacy

Richard Spencer, 35, is a sym­bol of a new gen­er­a­tion of intel­lec­tual white suprema­cists. Based in White­fish, Mon­tana, he runs a vari­ety of ven­tures that pro­mote racist ideology.richard-spencer

Spencer received media atten­tion this week after a reporter dis­cov­ered that Spencer pub­lished two arti­cles by Jason Rich­wine, co-author of the recent Her­itage Foun­da­tion report on alleged costs of immi­gra­tion report. Spencer pub­lished the pieces on on Alter­na­tive Right, a racist web­site he founded.

In addi­tion to Alter­na­tive Right (which he no longer edits but still writes for), Spencer runs the National Pol­icy Insti­tute (NPI), a white suprema­cist think tank; pub­lishes Radix, a jour­nal that pro­motes white cul­ture and iden­tity, and heads Wash­ing­ton Sum­mit Pub­lish­ers, a com­pany that sells books by lead­ing intel­lec­tual white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor of Amer­i­can Renais­sance and the late Sam Francis. 

Through all of these ven­tures, Spencer has become a leader in white suprema­cist cir­cles that envi­sion a “new” right that will openly embrace “white racial con­scious­ness.” Although Spencer began his career The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive, he has since rejected con­ser­vatism. He believes that con­ser­v­a­tives can’t or won’t rep­re­sent explic­itly white interests.

Spencer has been an influ­ence on a younger gen­er­a­tion of college-age racists. In 2010 and 2011, lead­ers of the now defunct racist stu­dent group, Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, invited Spencer to speak at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity in Ten­nessee and Prov­i­dence Col­lege in Rhode Island. In both speeches to stu­dents at the schools, Spencer attacked affir­ma­tive action.

In other instances, Spencer has rejected the idea of appeal­ing to main­stream audi­ences. In a 2011 inter­view on the web­site of Wer­mod and Wer­mod, a British-based pub­lish­ing com­pany that also sells white suprema­cist books, Spencer said, “Try­ing to ‘work within the sys­tem,’ or appeal to European-Americans using the lan­guage of FOX News and the GOP, is a bootless—not to men­tion a tasteless—strategy.”

Instead, at the April 2013 Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence, Spencer called for the cre­ation of a “white ethno-state on the North Amer­i­can continent.”

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