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May 14, 2013

Richard Spencer: A Symbol Of The New White Supremacy

Richard Spencer, 35, is a symbol of a new generation of intellectual white supremacists. Based in Whitefish, Montana, he runs a variety of ventures that promote racist ideology.richard-spencer

Spencer received media attention this week after a reporter discovered that Spencer published two articles by Jason Richwine, co-author of the recent Heritage Foundation report on alleged costs of immigration report. Spencer published the pieces on on Alternative Right, a racist website he founded.

In addition to Alternative Right (which he no longer edits but still writes for), Spencer runs the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white supremacist think tank; publishes Radix, a journal that promotes white culture and identity, and heads Washington Summit Publishers, a company that sells books by leading intellectual white supremacists such as Jared Taylor of American Renaissance and the late Sam Francis. 

Through all of these ventures, Spencer has become a leader in white supremacist circles that envision a “new” right that will openly embrace “white racial consciousness.” Although Spencer began his career The American Conservative, he has since rejected conservatism. He believes that conservatives can’t or won’t represent explicitly white interests.

Spencer has been an influence on a younger generation of college-age racists. In 2010 and 2011, leaders of the now defunct racist student group, Youth for Western Civilization, invited Spencer to speak at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and Providence College in Rhode Island. In both speeches to students at the schools, Spencer attacked affirmative action.

In other instances, Spencer has rejected the idea of appealing to mainstream audiences. In a 2011 interview on the website of Wermod and Wermod, a British-based publishing company that also sells white supremacist books, Spencer said, “Trying to ‘work within the system,’ or appeal to European-Americans using the language of FOX News and the GOP, is a bootless—not to mention a tasteless—strategy.”

Instead, at the April 2013 American Renaissance conference, Spencer called for the creation of a “white ethno-state on the North American continent.”

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March 21, 2013

Extremists Flock to 40th Annual CPAC Conference

Merlin Miller, a white supremacist affiliated with the American Freedom Party, attended CPAC 2013.

The 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 14-16, 2013 in Washington, D.C. attracted a number of individuals on the extreme right of the political spectrum. Attendees at CPAC this year included a white supremacist who ran for President in the 2012 election, members of a “white student union” at Towson University, and a reported white supremacist who currently runs an anti-immigrant group. A prominent member of the anti-government Oath Keepers group presented at the event.

Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona, an anti-government activist and member of the Oath Keepers, presented at this year’s CPAC at a session titled “How a Constitutional Sheriff can Protect Your Second Amendment Rights.” The Oath Keepers claim they will refuse to carry out certain “orders” that they expect the federal government to issue, such as putting citizens in concentration camps, assisting foreign troops in invading the country and declaring martial law. During his speech, Mack claimed “the President has no authority in your county” and asserted that “there is no gun control in the Constitution.”

Matthew Heimbach, a former activist with the now defunct racist group Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) and the founder of the “white student union” at Towson University in Maryland, attended CPAC with other students. Heimbach and another student, Scott Terry, disrupted a panel titled, “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” Terry proclaimed that “I feel like my people, my demographic are being systematically disenfranchised” and asked the speaker, K. Carl Smith of the group Frederick Douglas Republicans, “Why can’t we be more like Booker T. Washington Republicans?” Smith responded by talking about a letter written by Frederick Douglas forgiving his slave master. Terry interrupted Smith, blurting out, “for giving him shelter and food and…,” causing a commotion. A few moments later both Terry and Heimbach further disrupted proceedings by shouting that Martin Luther King was a “Marxist.”

Robert Vandervoort, the executive director of the anti-immigrant group ProEnglish, attended this year’s CPAC. Vandervoort is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. Another extremist in attendance was Merlin Miller, a white supremacist who ran for President in the 2012 election on the American Third Position (A3P) ticket. A3P, now renamed the American Freedom Party, is a white supremacist political party. Miller attended one session titled “Iran and the Islamist Threat to America and the West: What is – What Should Be – Our Strategy.” As reported by ADL, Miller attended an anti-Semitic “Hollywoodism” conference in Tehran earlier in 2013.

Though one of the major themes of the 2013 CPAC was increasing inclusivity in the GOP, extremist elements, though small in number, were still able not only to attend but to participate at this year’s event.

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December 26, 2012

Former YWC Leader Taylor Rose Joins World Net Daily

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Taylor Rose, the former vice-president of the far-right student group, Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) recently landed a job at World Net Daily (WND), a conspiracy-oriented right-wing newspaper. Rose’s first article for WND, where he is listed as a “staff reporter,” appeared about a month ago, on November 26, 2012.

Rose’s articles cover a range of right-wing issues from opposition to immigration to anti-Muslim conspiracy theories to secessionist movements in Europe and the United States. Rose is not the first former YWC activist to make the move over to WND. YWC’s founder, Kevin DeAnna, joined WND in early 2012 and also works as a “staff reporter” though his last article for the site was published over two months ago, on October 14, 2012.

In recent years, Rose spent most of his time in Europe, meeting and organizing with far-right organizations and political parties.  He participated in a May 2011 rally “against the Islaminization of Europe” in Cologne, Germany. At the rally, Rose spoke alongside leaders of far-right xenophobic European parties, including the Vlaams Belang of Belgium, the Freedom Party of Austria, as well as smaller parties from France and Germany. More recently, in 2012, Rose published a book titled, Return of the Right: How the Political Right is Taking Back Western Civilization.

 Rose’s move also casts more doubt over YWC’s perseverance. It appears that Rose, DeAnna and other YWC leaders did not have successors lined up to maintain the organization when the original core group graduated. YWC’s Web site is down and it appears the chapters are inactive. Although Rose seems to no longer be involved with YWC, his move to WND shows that he is still an active player on the right.

The one former YWC activist still making headway on campus is Matthew Heimbach at Towson University in Maryland. Heimbach was forced to disband YWC at the school in early 2012 when its faculty advisor quit after the group was involved in controversial activity. Heimbach is still attempting, however, to create a “white student union” at Towson. He invited white supremacists Jared Taylor and Merlin Miller, from the American Third Position party, to speak at the school during the fall 2012 semester.

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