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July 9, 2014 13

White Supremacist “Mantra” Literature Appears In Seattle Neighborhood

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Post­card front

Res­i­dents of the Capi­tol Hill neigh­bor­hood of Seat­tle recently found them­selves the recip­i­ents of a white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture dis­tri­b­u­tion. Some­one had gone up and down streets in the area on June 30, plac­ing racist post­cards on the wind­shields of cars parked along the street.

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Post­card back

The post­cards were designed to exploit gay pride events held in Seat­tle the pre­vi­ous week­end, includ­ing the 40th annual Seat­tle Pride Parade and Seat­tle Pride­Fest 2014, the lat­ter held only a few blocks from where the post­cards were dis­trib­uted. The post­card fronts fea­tured a rain­bow image, the word “Seat­tle,” and the phrases “Rain­bow Pride” and “40 YEARS of fab­u­lous,” the lat­ter a ref­er­ence to the parade.

How­ever, the back of the post­cards was starkly dif­fer­ent, dis­play­ing in large let­ters the white suprema­cist slo­gan “’Diver­sity’ is a code word for white geno­cide.” The post­card text claimed anti-racists are “anti-white” and that they sup­port non-whites “pour[ing] into EVERY White coun­try” to inter­marry with whites, thus extin­guish­ing the white race. The pride-related front was sim­ply cam­ou­flage for the racist mes­sage on the back.

This mes­sage was not ran­dom but rather the stan­dard lan­guage used by white suprema­cist sup­port­ers of the “Mantra.” The “Mantra” is a white suprema­cist pro­pa­ganda cam­paign based on the idea of end­lessly repeat­ing cer­tain lan­guage and select slo­gans in the hopes that whites will even­tu­ally be recep­tive to them. The two most com­mon slo­gans asso­ci­ated with the “Mantra” are “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white” and “Diver­sity is a code word for white geno­cide,” both of which appear on the Seat­tle postcards.

In recent years, white suprema­cist use of “Mantra”-style pro­pa­ganda has steadily increased, as racist activists dis­play it on bill­boards, on free­way over­passes, as graf­fiti, and across the Inter­net. Just a few days after the Seat­tle inci­dent, sev­eral white suprema­cists in Port­land, Ore­gon, pick­eted the offices of an orga­ni­za­tion devoted to help­ing immi­grants and refugees, dis­play­ing signs and ban­ners that repeated the “Mantra” slogans.

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August 2, 2013 11

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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