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May 2, 2014

White Supremacist Conference Again Aims to Mobilize Whites

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American Renaissance Speakers Group Photo

The white supremacist  group New Century Foundation has, for the third time, held its American Renaissance (AmRen) gathering  at a conference center at a national park in Burns, Tennessee.  On April 25-27, the approximately 175 attendees at the event heard speakers voice their ideas about how to mobilize whites by highlighting their culture and heritage. This year’s conference also expanded on last year’s theme of creating a white ethno-state on the North American continent.

The conference featured some new speakers, and some conference veterans such as Sam Dickson, a longtime white supremacist and speaker at the previous eleven AmRen conferences.  In his speech, Dickson claimed America was founded on the “lie” that all men were created equal. He asserted that a new narrative needs to be created for whites, which rejects the concepts of freedom and individualism promoted by the Tea Party and the belief in equality promoted by President Obama. Jack Donovan, a contributor to the white supremacist online publication Counter-Currents, echoed Dickson’s comments when responding to a question about forming a new identity for whites in North America, saying that any new identity must be different from that of the founding fathers who he claimed started off with “failure.”

John Morgan, the editor-in-chief of the Hungary-based far-right publishing house Arktos, called for whites within the movement to start reflecting a positive outlook in order to influence others. To do that, Morgan urged whites to highlight and praise their culture, in the form of books, art and films. Morgan also lamented the “culture of consumerism” active in the West today. Donovan’s speech similarly criticized the culture of consumerism which, he said, has left a cultural void. Donovan claimed the only way to stop this is to abandon the “universal” in favor of the “tribal” thus promoting a culture that is “discriminatory” and promotes the idea of identity.

Jared Taylor, the head the New Century Foundation, claimed the problem with whites is that they are too concerned with helping others and not themselves, which, he argued, leads to their downfall. Taylor called the conference attendees “missionaries” and insisted they must appeal to the soul of whites, not the mind. Their work, he maintained, is very difficult because many of the people they are trying to influence think of whites in the movement as “evil,” and therefore rude, arrogant, or mean-spirited.

As was the case at last year’s event, many young white supremacists were present, including Brad Griffin, who runs the racist website Occidental Dissent, and his wife Renee Baum, the daughter of Gordon Baum, leader of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Richard Spencer, head of the white supremacist think tank National Policy Institute (NPI) also attended, as did Matthew Heimbach of the white supremacist activist group Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) and his friend Scott Terry. Patrick Sharp, who founded the White Student Union at Georgia State University and Holocaust denier Mark Weber from the anti-Semitic Institute for Historical Review were also present.

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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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April 23, 2013

Hate App Targets Towson University

Update 8/2/13: A new White Student Union has formed at Georgia State University by freshman Patrick Sharp.

The increasing exploitation of easy-to-use software to create smartphone apps by hate groups signals a move into a new realm of digital propaganda.

Some hate groups, like the neo-confederate League of the South, have produced apps intended for a general audience. Others, however, are developing apps with specific propaganda targets in mind. For example, the Towson White Student Union, founded by white supremacist Matthew Heimbach, a student at Towson University in Maryland, has created an app specifically targeting students at the school.

Like the League of the South’s app, the Towson White Student Union (Towson WSU) app is visually crude and technically rudimentary, primarily offering a collection of links. In the case of the Towson WSU app, the links lead to blogs, a group Facebook page, a Twitter account for the group’s organizer, a Google search results page, and a YouTube channel for the group.

These Android apps are not available through the authorized Google Play website. However, as Android apps do not need to be certified for installation (unlike iPad/iPod/iPhone apps), they are readily available through unofficial apps distribution websites.

Years ago, technological advances made it easy for hate groups to create websites without actually having sophisticated computer knowledge or skills. As the prevalence of wireless devices increases and easy-to-use app creation software proliferates, the presence of this sort of smartphone and tablet app will undoubtedly increase.

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