Derek Black, the son of the former Alabama Klan leader who now runs the largest racist Web forum in the world, has renounced white nationalism, saying that he had been through “a gradual awakening process” and apologizing for his past activism.
In an E-mail (pdf) to the editor of this blog this week, Black, 24, wrote that he had come to see the arguments of white nationalism as “principally flawed,” adding that he had realized that American society is marked by an “overwhelming disparity between white power and that of everyone else” and that white nationalism was really about “an entrenched desire to preserve white power at the expense of others.”
“Advocating for white nationalism means that we are opposed to minority attempts to elevate themselves to a position equal to our own,” wrote Black, a junior at the elite New College of Florida. “It is an advocacy that I cannot support, having grown past my bubble, talked to the people I affected, read more widely, and realized the necessary impact my actions had on people I never wanted to harm.”
It was a remarkable statement for Black, whose father, Don Black, once served time in prison for plotting a racist invasion of a small Caribbean nation and founded and still runs Stormfront, a white supremacist Web forum. The younger Black was raised in the racist movement, had by age 12 created a racist children’s page on his father’s website, and until recently hosted a radio show featuring racist guests.
It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and today at breitbart.com, editor John Nolte celebrates the civil rights legend’s birthday by launching an attack on Roots author Alex Haley, and linking to an anti-MLK hate site hosted by the white supremacists of stormfront.org:
That link is at the bottom of this screenshot, labeled “the cover up.”
Here’s Google’s cache of the page John Nolte is using for a source; right at the bottom you can see “Hosted by Stormfront,” which to most people would be a red flag. These white supremacists somehow registered the domain name “martinlutherking.org.”
Their “Suggested Books” page features a book about Martin Luther King Jr.’s “plagiarism,” and an advertisement for the autobiography of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Yes, really.
The rest of the site is full of nauseatingly hateful content that I won’t quote here.
Stormfront is well-known as one of the web’s main centers of ugly racist hatred, but I guess John Nolte didn’t notice anything wrong when he linked to one of their sites. Apparently their very thin disguise was enough to fool Nolte.
He searched for an attack piece on Alex Haley for some weird right wing reason, and — imagine my surprise — found what he was looking for on a white supremacist hate site.
(h/t: Mark Dujsik.)
At about 6:02 pm Pacific, John Nolte edited the post to remove the link to the Stormfront site, replacing it with a link to loony Birther site American Thinker, with this update:
UPDATE: This post has been updated to remove a link to a 2002 “New York Post” story posted at an unacceptable site linked to in error. A new source has been added to the post.
Sure, just a harmless “error,” linking to a white supremacist site on MLK Day. Anyone could have done it.
Here’s a saved copy of Nolte’s original post at WebCite, just for the record.
DERPbreitbart.com blogger Dan Riehl seems to be having uncontrollable hate spasms today, tossing off racist posts one after another. Now he’s trumpeting a photo he found at Facebook (hat tip: “a reader”) under the name “Trayvon Martin,” seemingly unable or unwilling to realize that it’s not the same person as the 17-year old murdered in Florida: Riehl World View: Update: Is This the Same Trayvon Martin?
I came across this Facebook account in the name of Trayvon Martin. I do not know if it is the same Martin who was recently killed in Florida. The banner photo matches, which proves nothing fwiw.
Update: It doesn’t appear to be the same Trayvon Martin. But I’m still not sure. It’s still linked. h/t a reader.
Also, people are whacked. We asked questions all the time when I covered crime out here. People need to get over it. I’ve seen several pics alleged to be Trayvon Martin circulating that didn’t look worth asking about. Community sourcing works. It’s what blogs did well back when they started. If I had something earth shattering, I’d look to publish it via a Breitbart site, if it were solid.
Here’s the photo to which he’s linking, and this kid is very obviously not the same Trayvon. But I guess if you’re a racist wingnut, they all look alike.
Interestingly enough, Riehl wasn’t the first to discover this Facebook page. That honor goes to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists at Stormfront. (The link is to a Google search page. h/t: Gus.)
Dan Riehl and Stormfront, in perfect sync.
Riehl responds to this post, and I hope someone can translate it because he’s now totally incoherent:
@Lizardoid how many pics 2 u have 2 snap to get that determined, hrd chinned far off looking icon, insteadof the pudgy numbnuts u R?
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) March 25, 2012
The “anti-fascist” wing of the “Anonymous” hacker group has broken into a website run by the white supremacist American Third Position (A3P), and released a document dump consisting of private forum messages, emails, organizational notes, and other personal information.
The documents show numerous connections between Republican candidate Ron Paul and these racist Neanderthals; they’re heavily involved in campaigning for Paul, and according to the messages, have held regular meetings with Ron Paul himself: Ron Paul, the American Third Position Party and Stormfront.
Also revealed: Ron Paul has held meetings with A3P and Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party — the notorious UK fascist group with neo-Nazi roots.
Ron Paul with white supremacists Don and Derek Black at the 2007 Values Voter debateMembers of the nationalist American Third Position Party (A3P), whose website was defaced by Anonymous, organised Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s meetings and campaigns, according to emails hacked by the collective.
Chairman of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin also took part in meetings with Paul and other representatives of A3P.
“According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors,” read a statement from Anonymous.
Ron Paul’s Photo-Op With Stormfront
The hacked site is mirrored here.
Don Black, head racist of the hate site Stormfront, makes it clear that for many years Ron Paul appealed directly to the white supremacist subculture: Stormfront Founder Don Black Says White Supremacists Thought Ron Paul Was ‘One of Us’.
Ron Paul posing with Don & Derek Black at the 2007 Values Voter debateRon Paul was a hot topic this week on the talk radio show hosted by prominent white supremacist Don Black and his son Derek. Mr. Black said he received Mr. Paul’s controversial newsletters when they were first published about two decades ago and described how the publications were perceived by members of the white supremacist movement.
“Everybody, all of us back in the 80′s and 90′s, felt Ron Paul was, you know, unusual in that he had actually been a Congressman, that he was one of us and now, of course, that he has this broad demographic–broad base of support,” Mr. Black said on his broadcast yesterday.
And of course, who would know better than a member of the American Nazi Party how important it is to keep one’s true beliefs hidden?
Mr. Black said he understood why Mr. Paul would want to distance himself from the newsletters.
“It was written in the first person frequently and, you know, a normal person would have thought that Ron Paul must have written this, or at least whoever wrote it must have did so with the approval of Ron Paul, but things change,” Mr. Black said. “So, now that he has this new base of support of course, he’s having–frantically trying to disavow himself from the newsletters, and I agree the newsletters were a little over the top.”
Get that? A former Klansman and overt neo-Nazi says Ron Paul’s language back in the bad old days was “over the top.”
What he really means: “a little too revealing.”
Also calling in to Black’s hate radio show this week to sing the praises of Ron Paul: white supremacist superstar David Duke.
Former KKK Grand Wizard and Louisiana Congressman David Duke, who was something of a mentor to Mr. Black during their days in the Klan, called in to discuss Mr. Paul. Though he said he wasn’t ready to make an official endorsement, Mr. Duke explained why he’ll be voting for Mr. Paul.
“Again, I go back to that, you know, traditional topic that I always talk about, you know, the powers of international Zionism–a power in banking, a power in media, a power in government influence, in campaign finance–a power that’s, you know, hurting the values of this country on behalf of Israel,” Mr. Duke said. “So, I would vote for Ron Paul at this moment because he’s one of the few candidates who have policies in this regard and this realm that I wholeheartedly support, and that’s why I’d vote for him.”
It should be noted that there are also allegations by another neo-Nazi, Bill White (a personal friend of right wing blogger Robert Stacy McCain), that Ron Paul went far beyond simply expressing views with which white supremacists could agree. In 2007 White posted the following comment at Vanguard News Network:
I have kept quiet about the Ron Paul campaign for a while, because I didn’t see any need to say anything that would cause any trouble. However, reading the latest release from his campaign spokesman, I am compelled to tell the truth about Ron Paul’s extensive involvement in white nationalism.
Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, usually on Wednesdays. This is part of a dinner that was originally organized by Pat Buchanan, Sam Francis and Joe Sobran, and has since been mostly taken over by the Council of Conservative Citizens.
I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides there, and been invited to his offices in Washington to discuss policy.
For his spokesman to call white racialism a “small ideology” and claim white activists are “wasting their money” trying to influence Paul is ridiculous. Paul is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has always kept his racial views and his views about world Judaism quiet because of his political position.
I don’t know that it is necessarily good for Paul to “expose” this. However, he really is someone with extensive ties to white nationalism and for him to deny that in the belief he will be more respectable by denying it is outrageous — and I hate seeing people in the press who denounce racialism merely because they think it is not fashionable.
Bill White, Commander
American National Socialist Workers Party
I have history with Mr. White myself; he directly threatened my life in 2008, and tried to find my home address and the addresses of my family members.
(h/t: Randall Gross.)