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January 12, 2015 132

Racist Group Begins Youth Recruitment Effort

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist group, has recently estab­lished a youth wing, the National Youth Front (NYF). NYF, which offi­cially launches in Feb­ru­ary, has already cre­ated a web­site, a Face­book page, and a recruit­ment video to appeal to young peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 40.

National Youth Front symbol

National Youth Front symbol

In an intro­duc­tion on its web­site, NYF claims that it is “an elite youth orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of Amer­ica our West­ern cul­ture [sic].” In addi­tion to cre­at­ing a flyer about the group, NYF has cre­ated a pol­ished recruit­ment video aimed at young peo­ple. It decries their par­ents’ accep­tance of diver­sity and claims that young whites are “the vic­tims of [their] par­ents’ child­ish lib­er­a­tion move­ments” from the 1960s. The video is called a “Dec­la­ra­tion of War” and is sim­i­lar to videos cir­cu­lated by far-right youth groups in Europe, which chide pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions’ accep­tance of multiculturalism.

NYF chose three inter­con­nect­ing tri­an­gles known as the Val­knot or “knot of the slain,” an old Norse sym­bol, to rep­re­sent the group. It is often con­sid­ered a sym­bol of the Norse god Odin. Some white suprema­cists, par­tic­u­larly racist Odin­ists, have appro­pri­ated the Val­knot to use as a racist sym­bol. Often they use it as a sign that they are will­ing to give their life to Odin, gen­er­ally in battle.

Lead­ers in the group include Nathan Damigo and Dax­ter Reed, also known as Daecca Reed. Damigo is an Iraq war vet­eran who was released from prison in April 2014 after serv­ing time for pulling a gun on a taxi dri­ver, a crime he attrib­uted to PTSD. Damigo is the act­ing chair­man of NYF and also holds the posi­tion of direc­tor of PR and out­reach. Reed, who is from Asheville, North Car­olina, is direc­tor of national chap­ters. Reed is active in Asheville Youth Front, a local chap­ter of NYF and is seen on that chapter’s Face­book page hand­ing out a NYF flyer. On his Face­book page, Reed “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Unof­fi­cially in exis­tence since Novem­ber 2014, NYF has already lost its first chair­man, Caleb C. Shu­maker. Shu­maker resigned on Jan­u­ary 6, cit­ing recent attacks against him and his fam­ily. He was for­merly a mem­ber of the Con­ser­v­a­tive Youth Coun­cil, an affil­i­ate of the far-right Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA. In his farewell col­umn, Shu­maker claimed that NYF already has nine chap­ters around the coun­try, although there is lit­tle evi­dence of activ­ity at this point.

AFP was orig­i­nally founded in Octo­ber 2009 as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P), “to rep­re­sent the polit­i­cal inter­ests of White Amer­i­cans.” Today the organization’s lead­er­ship is made up of older well-established white suprema­cists such as Cal­i­for­nia lawyer William John­son, anti-Semitic ex-professor Kevin Mac­Don­ald and James Edwards, who runs The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, a radio show based in Ten­nessee. AFP is appar­ently try­ing to attract young peo­ple to bring new energy into the group, which has mostly run unsuc­cess­ful can­di­dates for local positions.

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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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May 29, 2014 8

American Racists Embrace Gains in Europe by Far-Right Parties

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Pat Buchanan

Fig­ures rang­ing from far-right pun­dit Patrick Buchanan to white suprema­cist leader Richard Spencer of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute are embrac­ing the gains made by far-right and extrem­ist par­ties in Europe dur­ing elec­tions to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in May.

The Amer­i­cans who are salut­ing the results of the elec­tions believe that the gains by the nation­al­ist and far-right par­ties indi­cate that Euro­peans have rejected increased immi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in favor of a return to tra­di­tion­al­ist val­ues. Some also argue that Euro­peans are more inter­ested in the ardent nation­al­ism and patri­o­tism exhib­ited by Russ­ian leader Vladimir Putin than in inte­gra­tion and lib­eral West­ern values.

Buchanan, who pre­dicted the results of the elec­tions in Europe in a May 23 col­umn, argued that the rise of far-right par­ties means that Euro­peans want to pre­serve their “sep­a­rate and unique eth­nic and cul­tural iden­tity.” Buchanan fur­ther asserted that the gains made by far-right par­ties sig­nal a return to “tra­di­tion­al­ism and cul­tural con­ser­vatism, rev­er­ence for the reli­gious and cul­tural his­tory and her­itage of the nation and its indige­nous peo­ple.” Buchanan has hoped for the same in the U.S. In numer­ous books and columns, he has argued that Amer­ica is being destroyed by “Third World” immi­grants and that the coun­try needs to main­tain its white Euro­pean heritage.

In his com­ments on the Euro­pean elec­tions, Matt Par­rott, a founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, agreed with Buchanan and asserted that Euro­peans are more inter­ested in Putin’s nation­al­ism than in America’s lib­er­al­ism. He laments that white suprema­cists in Amer­ica will be “be forced to patiently wait on the side­lines” while tra­di­tion­al­ist ideals and openly nation­al­ist politi­cians come to the fore­front in the rest of the world. He sug­gests that America’s extreme right learn from the advances made by their coun­ter­parts in Europe.

In a pod­cast, Richard Spencer, the head of the white suprema­cist National Pol­icy Insti­tute, spoke with Roman Bernard of France about how anti-EU sen­ti­ment had become a “bogey­man” for far-right par­ties in Europe. They believe that anti-EU sen­ti­ment is “neg­a­tive pol­i­tics” and that Euro­peans should be focus­ing on cre­at­ing “white con­scious­ness.” White suprema­cists on both sides of the Atlantic hope that whites in Europe and Amer­ica will become “racially aware” and pro­mote their own eth­nic interests.

Anti-Semite David Duke put a dif­fer­ent spin on the Euro­pean elec­tions, which reflects his vir­u­lent anti-Jewish views. Duke asserted that Euro­pean vot­ers had rejected two ide­olo­gies that Jews allegedly force on them—immigration and globalization.

Amer­i­can white suprema­cist activists would like to see extreme-right par­ties and ide­olo­gies become more appeal­ing to the main­stream in Amer­ica. They see Europe as a model for mak­ing that hap­pen but acknowl­edge most Amer­i­cans are not inclined to accept “white nationalism.”

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