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March 18, 2015 9

Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect May Have White Supremacist Connections

After a man­hunt that lasted sev­eral hours and involved mul­ti­ple police depart­ments, author­i­ties in Mesa announced the appre­hen­sion of a sus­pect believed respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple shoot­ings in Mesa on March 18 that killed one and injured at least five more.   The sus­pect in the shoot­ings has been iden­ti­fied by media reports as Ryan Elliott Giroux.

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Giroux has a past crim­i­nal his­tory, includ­ing a stint in state prison.  A Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions mug shot from his time in prison reveals that Giroux likely is or was a white suprema­cist, based on his facial tat­toos.  Giroux had the words “skin” and “head” tat­tooed on his eye­brows, while next to his left eye is a promi­nent “88” tat­too.  The numer­i­cal sym­bol “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the 8th let­ter of the alpha­bet), is one of the most popular white suprema­cist tat­toos in the United States.

Giroux also has a Celtic knot­work tat­too on his chin.  Such tat­toos are pop­u­lar with white suprema­cists, though also used by others.

The shoot­ings began at a motel in Mesa around 8:45am, where two peo­ple were shot, one fatally.  The shooter went to a nearby restau­rant, where he allegedly shot a woman and stole a car.  Other shoot­ings occurred as the sus­pect tried to evade appre­hen­sion.   Mesa police offi­cers even­tu­ally tracked down and appre­hended Giroux.

The motive for the shoot­ings is not yet known.

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March 18, 2015 7

White Supremacists Target Two Anti-Racist Intellectuals

Two white suprema­cist groups, National Youth Front (NYF) and Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have launched a cam­paign against two intel­lec­tu­als whose work focuses on race– related issues. The two groups have orga­nized protests on cam­puses and used the Inter­net to gar­ner sup­port for their cause.

NYF member John Hess at protest in Arizona

NYF mem­ber John Hess at protest in Arizona

NYF, a branch of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), has tar­geted Lee Bebout, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity (ASU) in Tempe. Pro­fes­sor Bebout is teach­ing a con­tro­ver­sial course called “U.S. Race The­ory and the Prob­lem of White­ness.” NYF mem­bers and sup­port­ers placed fliers declar­ing Bebout “anti-white” on cam­pus and in his neigh­bor­hood. White suprema­cist web sites such as Storm­front and Daily Stormer then pub­lished Pro­fes­sor Bebout’s con­tact infor­ma­tion. He has since received dozens of threat­en­ing and harass­ing emails and phone messages.

In early March, a small group of NYF sup­port­ers, includ­ing neo-Nazi Harry Hughes of the National Social­ist Move­ment, con­tin­ued their cam­paign against Pro­fes­sor Bebout by hold­ing a protest near ASU. Though NYF has tried to estab­lish chap­ters on var­i­ous cam­puses, the only area of real-world activ­ity appears to be at ASU. The group’s so-called direc­tor of national chap­ters, Dax­ter Reed (aka Daecca Reed) is based in North Car­olina. The leader of the group, Angelo John Gage, is a white suprema­cist based in New Jer­sey. He ran for U.S. Con­gress as an AFP can­di­date in 2014 and has done pod­casts on The White Voice, a racist Inter­net media site.

TYN, founded by white suprema­cists Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott in May 2013, has pro­moted a cam­paign against Tim Wise. Wise, an inde­pen­dent scholar, gives speeches about com­bat­ing racism at cam­puses around the coun­try. TYN mem­bers and sup­port­ers recently protested Wise’s speech at Indi­ana Uni­ver­sity at Bloom­ing­ton on March 11. Thomas Buhls, the head of the TYN chap­ter at IU—Bloomington, led a group of about 20 sup­port­ers who held signs against Wise and about end­ing “white guilt.” TYN has declared that Wise is anti-white.

Accord­ing to Buhls, a for­mer Klan mem­ber, TYN was joined at the protest by other white suprema­cists, includ­ing neo-Nazi Robert Rans­dell and mem­bers of hard­core racist skin­head group Supreme White Alliance. Buhls also reported that NYF mem­bers joined the protest, which was met by a larger crowd of anti-racist protestors.

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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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