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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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August 13, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Marks Return With Vicious Anti-Semitic Essay


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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