Derek Black: Have Stormfront Founder’s Son’s Politics Changed?
Derek Black is merely putting forth the current white nationalist realpolitik agitprop:
They aren’t racists, they are racialists.
They don’t hate blacks and jews, they just want to live separate from them.
They aren’t against blacks, they are for white culture/pride/nationalism.
Mark Potok’s more open and generous than I am, to me there’s nothing new to see here, they are still White Supremacists after you wipe away the thin veneer of pseudo-libertarianism, and Derek’s just reaching out to other students he thinks he can recruit at his school.
Could Derek Black be headed down the same road? Or is the son of Don Black, the former Alabama Klan leader who runs the racist Stormfront forum from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., trying to have it both ways?
The evidence is mixed. But Derek Black, who has engaged in racist activism in the past, in recent weeks posted a remarkable statement on a students-only Web forum at the elite New College of Florida, where he is in his third year.
Derek Black, far left, stands with his fellow students at New College during his freshman year.
In it, he sought to respond to fellow New College students who had expressed fears of him, based largely on reports about his father’s views and articles about his own past racist activities, including one on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website. He clearly said he is not a white supremacist, a neo-Nazi or a Klansman and does not hold such views. He said he doesn’t dislike anyone “on account of their race, religion, or anything similar.” “I do not believe people of any race, religion, or otherwise should have to leave their homes or be segregated or lose any freedom or whatever other terrifying similar-vein ideas have been posted in threads about me,” he said. “If anyone cares,” he added, “I’m also pro-choice (regulated by states), pro-gay marriage (with gov’t not defining marriage between people), and anti-death penalty (regulated by the states).”