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May 2, 2014 208

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 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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April 23, 2013 2

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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