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............ THE MONITOR - COUNTERING THE POLITICS OF FEAR
.......... A Publication of the Center for Democratic Renewal
.............. P.O. Box 10500, Atlanta, GA. 404-221-0025
........ vol. 1, no. 3 june 1984
NAZI YOUTH GANGS INSPIRE ALARM
In detroit, a young man is beaten senseless by a mob because he
distributes leftist literature. in new york city city, gangs wielding chains
prey upon elderly black women. in atlanta, a young woman is murdered because
she is jewish. in los angeles, says an observer, "i couldn't believe the
the perpertrators of these and numerous other violent crimes in major
urban centers of the united states are loose-knit gangs of young men clad in
heavy doc martin boots, with shaved heads and naziesque tattoos. called
skinheads" or "skins" because of their close-cropped hair, these young men and
a few female followers constitute a national movement which increasingly
evidences the overt symbols and ideas of neo-nazism.
skins emerged on the periphery of the u.s. punk rock scene about five
years ago, heavily influenced by the british experience. in great britian, in
fact, the pre-eminenet fascist organization, the national front, almost from
the first days of punk diverted the "skin" segment of the rock scene to its
they favor punk bands like skrewdriver, u.s. chaos, romantic violence and
agnostic front. they are united in their avowed hatred of "peace punks,"
homosexuals, liberals and leftists, and in their frequent attacks also upon
blacks, chicanos, puerto ricans and jews.
not all of the young people with shaved heads in and around the punk
scene endorse violence or fascism, and not all participate in gangs like the
bay area skin heads (bash, or the bashboys). some members of skinhead
groupings do not shave their heads. skinheads, in short, are not easily
distinguishable until they act. skinhead gangs exploit their similiarities
with many uninvolved punks, both to recruit and to present themselves as just
another grouping of "rebellious youth." (the monitor stresses that its use of
the term "skinheads" in this article refers specifically to violence-prone,
nazi-like groupings and individuals.)
skins in the united states are not yet numerous nor powerful enough to
carry out large-scale riots like the soccer riots launched by their
counterparts in great britain, sweden and west germany. apparently led by a
handful of long-timers on the punk scene like mark dagger, their record of
violence in the u.s. nevertheless is staggering considering their relatively
small numbers. since 1981, skins have been accused of murders, assaults and
vandalism, sometimes on a weekly basis, in detroit, chicago, atlanta, san
francisco, new york city, denver, baltimore, boston, austin, philadelphia and
in atlanta, for example, recent incidents reliably attributed to skins
include two murders, three mob attacks, six other assaults and four incidents
of swastika vandalism. "we got a little rowdy," said atlanta skin eric
bishoff, who has pleaded innocent to beating the owner of the 688 club over
the head with a lead pipe. "that whole thing at the 688 was a mistake," skin
scott told a newspaper reporter.
the particular alarming and significant aspect of the skins trend is an
espousal of nazi symbolism and ideology. white supremacist groups naturally
have begun to promote this aspect, and exploit skin bully-boys.
several gangs use titles, like the national front skins in new york city,
or personal monikers like "nazi bob." others display nazi flags, and many use
lightning bolts or swastikas as their vandalism and tattoo designs. this
latter, explains bishoff, "has shock value. it looks good." in austin and
atlanta, skins have been spotted wearing t-shirts sold by white supremacist
organizations (like one bearing the slogan "sickle cell anemia: the great
white hope"). the slogan of atlanta skins is "swp: supreme white power," and
in san francisco and other cities, chants such as "kill all niggers" are
shouted over microphones when skins forcibly take over punk rock concerts.
a pattern skin gangs follow around the country is that of an older man
(like dagger) gathering around himself teenagers who undertake violence. the
national front in great britain organized skins under its banner in just such
a fashion; the national front also established white noise records, a
recording label which has signed skrewdriver, diehards, brutal attack, and gbh
(reputed to stand for "grievous bodily harm") to record lyrics like "even
murder is no sin" and "nigger, nigger, go back home." skrewdriver's lead
singer ian stewart personally is a prominent member and recruiter for the
tom metzger's white american political association now is attempting to
recruit skin bands for what it terms "an international punk white power record
album." the midwest-based ss action group, also recognizing the potential for
recruiting skins to the neo-nazi movement, accompanied several skinheads to
the most recent white supemacist meeting at klansman bob miles' farm in
cohoctah, mi. aryan nations literature is distributed covertly by skins in
atlanta and san francisco; and romantic violence allegedly works in chicago
with the american nazi party and the illinois knights of the kkk.
spotlight, newspaper of right-wing power broker willis carto, praises
skins in a three-page spread, written by bob hoy, complete with photos, in the
january 6-13, 1986 issue:
"they live by a macho creed of two-fisted values such as personal courage
and fighting skills....they represent a total rejection of the system by a
still small, but possibly pace-setting, element of today's youth.....in
increasing numbers they are turning to the struggle to replace this order with
one that will truly care about their race and their nation....given the
toughness, determination and fearlessness of the skinheads, they are certainly
prepared to do their part to bring a new social order to america."
to the mass media, skins at most will acknowledge that they are "white
and proud." in the punk press, their comments are blunter -- atlanta skin scott
wrote to maximum rock and roll:
"i feel it's about time we skins/nazi skins stood up and told it like it
is....i agree with jeff's reasons for sporting swastikas as a symbol of
blitzkreig style revolution. that's why i joined the punk movement....it
presented me with an aggressive, angry, stomping, fighting mad type of
carmelo nieves of california wrote to mrr:
"...there's no one as far to the right as i am....your liberal ideas are
as phony as your [expletive deleted]....i am a rightist and hate liberals,
communists, gays (because they are perverts), and they should all be
annhilated. i also hate foreigners and illegal aliens."
when asked their opinion of britain's national front, the band agnostic
front collectively responded to mrr, "in england, it is a way of survival.
under conditions that only exist mildly here, there is sometimes a need for
racism or race awareness in other areas of the world....what we have in common
with our british counterparts is pride in ourselves, and in our country."
on the mrr radio show, independent california skinhead carl reminded
listeners that, if they embraced the skinhead gangs' philosophy and violence,
"whether you're a nazi or a nationalist or just running with a gang, you're
still a fascist."
courts stymie invisible empire
judge duross fitzpatrick made legal history in april when he issued a
permanent restraining order against ku klux klan recruiting at a madison
county, ga high school.
the precedent-setting order bans the kkk from picketing or distributing
"inflammatory" literature within five hundred feet of madison county high
school, as well as north madison middle school. the order also enjoins the
klan from "impeding, stopping, approaching or entering" any school bus in the
county, and from using "fighting language" in the presence of students
traveling to or from school.
judge fitzpatrick's order was a response to the lawsuit of 18 parents,
assisted by attorney charles mathis and the center for democratic renewal, who
asserted that ongoing kkk activity at the high school effectively denied their
children's right to a public education.
in early march, the invisible empire knights of the ku klux klan, led by
daniel carver, launched a major recruitment drive at madison county high
school. an invisible empire demonstration at the county courthouse in
danielsville drew 75 white teenagers. a series of anti-black incidents
culminated on march 12, when two school buses collided due to a klan
disruption; one black girl riding a bus was hospitalized briefly due to the
danny carver has been stymied recently in hall county, ga, also. at a
late march invisible empire parade through gainseville's central black
neighborhood, carver was arrested for allegedly assaulting a black minister.
a temporary restraining order was issued immediately against any kkk
demostration's in gainseville. upon carver's release from jail, he violated
the order by returning to the neighborhood, and was arrested again.
at carver's hearing for assualt in april, the court did not find probable
cause for assault charges. however, the court did find probable cause for the
charge of terroristic threats; raised carver's charge to that of terroristic
threats, a felony; and bound over his case to the grand jury.
in mid-april, the temporary restraining order in hall county was lifted
partially. the kkk still cannot demonstrate in the central section of
gainseville's black community.
views on women link and distinguish new right, far right
for all sectors of the right wing, from phyllis schafly to william
pierce, the position of women is a key to their attempts to carry out
revolutions in the united states.
to equate the new right and far right revolutions would be a grave
mistake: the revolution of the new right is legal, peaceful and ongoing; that
of the far right, from the kkk to the neo-nazis and beyond, is a planned
violent overthrow of the government to establish a "new order."
in both cases, however, the view taken of women is integral to the view
of morality eah believes will dictate its brave new world. with the caveat
that the solutions to the "problem of women" are vastly different (as are the
relative strengths of various right-wing opinion sectors), a comparison of the
similiarities and differences in views about women on either end of the
spectrum is revealing and alarming.
the author of the turner diaries, william pierce, in "a search for
values: toward a white ethic" [national vanguard, august, 1982], defines his
vision of the white supremacist ethos around which the united states must be
re-formed in terms of marriage:
"most white men and women, christian as well as pagan, marry today, not
to avoid burning, but for self-fulfillment, for companionship, for reasons of
social conformity, or even for a tax break. by way of contrast, consider
nietzche's advice regarding marriage...'marriage: that is what i call the will
of two to create the one which is more than those who created it.' "
the new right's "new morality" of course is not centered around enforced
white supremacy, as pierce's is. nevertheless the way home: beyond feminism
back to reality, new right author mary pride proposes a significantly close
view of marriage and reality.
"let's look now at the three 'popular' views of christian marriage and
see if we can see why the glue is leaking out of the joints of the christian
family....the problem with all these three views of marriage is that they are
all 'me' centered. companionship marriage focuses on my need to conquer
loneliness. intimate marriage hooks into my desire for romance. contract
marriage is tuned into my career ambitions and financial goals. if the need in
question is not being met, or can be met better elsewhere, the whole reason
for marriage is to produce fruit for god. the biblical reason for marriage is
to produce fruit for god. marriage is to produce children and to make the
earth fruitful for god."
standards of virtue are established also. schafly complains [phyllis
schafly report, july, 1982] about "descriptive classroom discussions of
fornication, homosexuality, contraceptives and abortion as though they were
normal and acceptable practices." pierce also attempts to determine virtue:
"the most virtuous sex act is one which takes place between a healthy man and
a healthy woman of our race, both with the full knowledge of the genetic
factors involved and with the deliberative intention of creating a healthy,
racially sound child."
'an abnormal and disturbed few'
visions of woman's role in marriage flow naturally from an establishment
of all-inclusive moral standards applied to marriage and sex. pierce tells his
readers, "...consciousness of the profound and fundamental gender differences
between men and women is a prequisite to the mutual appreciation of the sexes
for one another necessary to a healthy society. it has been the shrill
insistence of an abnormal and disturbed few that these differences be
ignored...which has caused much of the hostility, resentment and suspicion
which now exist between the sexes." mary pride believes, "sisterly love
is....the opposite of the having it all mentality on which the modern
careerist movement has been based. instead of striving for 'equality' the
sister-wife honors her husband-father above herself."
howard phillips of the conservative caucus agrees, "the traditional
family should be patriachal, should be headed by the man." [ap feature, nov.
2, 1980] standards for the "normal" family and "normal" woman so are
established. women's economic or social equality does not -- cannot -- find a
place in either sector's morality prescription. phyllis schafly called the era
"one of the most serious threats to the family we face," and later stated, "it
should certainly not be our social policy to move wives into the labor
force...who is going to raise the children?" [moral majority report, june,
1984] klanswoman phoebe waire in 1982:
"the children of the world now, and of the united states, are lost.
mother is having now and support them, and they have to sit on the doorstep a
couple of hours before their mother ever gets home, and when kids are left
alone....they're going to wander and get into things that maybe they wouldn't
have got into if they had a mother at home."
a successful attack upon the proposed equal rights amendment was
conducted partially upon the basis that the era was "anti-family." an eagle
forum brochure explained that the era "would give vast powers to the federal
government to deny our right to make reasonable differences of treatment
between male and female sex, and between moral and immoral sex."
william pierce, another opponent of what he terms "equality madness,"
agrees with schafly's wish to "preserve women's traditional exemption from the
military draft and combat duty":
"in the name of 'equality' women are taught to act like men, and men are
taught to take orders from women....the sick minds responsible for the sexual
integration of the u.s. armed forces justify themselves by pointing out that
some women are able to fill most male military roles as well as many men.
that may be true, in a strictly mechanical sense, but the effect on male
morale of such an unnatural reversal of roles is catastrophic."
additionally, the far right excludes black women from equality upon the
basis of their being black, as well as being women. the traditional viewpoint
of klansmen is that black men insanely crave white women; the patently false
desire to protect white women from the "lust" of black men is in fact the
spurious justification for lynchings and violence.
right wing postulates 'birth dearth'
women's reproductive functions loom largely in both sector's world views,
and one of both's most pressing concerns is what the new right terms the
at an 1985 american enterprise institute symposium on this "birth
dearth," edward luttwack wondered, "the important question is why are western
nations not wanting to reproduce themselves? actually, as collective thinking,
you might call it cultural suicide." luttwack at that forum applauded the
pro-natal program of vichy (nazi) france: "it was vichy that started the
structures for day-care centers, for family allowances for youth
programs -- initially hitler-type youth programs, but also the much more
positive go-to-nature work camps -- and....propagandizing against abortion and
in favor of family values...we could do worse than to study the french
experience." [public opinion, jan., 1986] not all opinions expressed at the
aei were as dramatic, although luttwack was but mildly opposed. the "birth
dearth" is also a concern of glenn miller, leader of the white patriot party,
"simple mathematics regarding racial population implications, i.e.
race-mixing, abortion, sterilizations, drugs, homosexuality, venereal
diseases, the extremely low white birth rate, and flooding of america
by...non-white aliens proves conclusively that white america will not survive
unless drastic changes are made.
should the ku klux klan not become powerful and influential...the white
race will have become so weak in both numbers and influence, there will be no
hope for white racial survival..." [fayetteville observer, feb. 3, 1984]
so, too, does jan keown comment, "white numerical growth...has been
overtaken by a population explosion in non-white lands. there are now more
than four non-whites for every white living on the planet, and the ratio is
shifting toward an even greater non-white preponderance at an accelerating
rate." keown also endorses nazi pro-natal policies:
"pro-family and pro-child propaganda encouraged germans to have large
families...the lebensborn...provided support for large families and help for
expectant mothers and children. it fought against the abortion of healthy
children and tried to raise the position of the unmarried mother. germany was
well on the way to a revolutionary new age of racial dynamism..." [national
vanguard, may, 1982]
viewpoints on birth conrol vary. robert marshall of the american life
league said, "we don't think the government should fund these
things -- artificial means of birth control. they lend themselves to coercion
and centralized control over family life." [new york times, feb. 5, 1986]
while the far right encourages white women to have numerous children, it is in
favor of birth control and sterilizations for non-white peoples. the knights
of the ku klux klan solicited funds to be "used toward the purchase of
contraceptives in an effort to stop the ever-expanding birth rate of the negro
people." glen miller wrote, " without massive sterilizations, sending food to
africa is equivalent to pouring jet fuel on roaring california forest
fires...our food shipments should be accompanied by thousands of abortion
doctors and shiploads of birth control pills and prophylactics." [raleigh news
& observer, july 24, 1985]
statements on abortion also differ in this manner. the new right
consciously reaches out to unaffiliated black and minority women, as well as
to white, to urge against abortion. dr. mildred jefferson of the right to life
committee said, "...a people that has lost so many in slavery, a people that
has lost so many to drug addiction and alcoholism, cannot affort to throw its
babies away." [the georgia bulletin, jan. 30, 1986]
the far right usually sees abortion as a jewish plot to destroy white
christian children, but advocates abortion for black and minority women as a
welcome form of genocide. at least 115 instances of arson, bombings,
vandalism, harassmant and serious threats occurred between 1980 and 1986 at
clinics and related sites. many within the far right advocate anti-abortion
violence. the new right takes a slightly different tack.
cal thomas of the moral majority said on the "nightline" television show
in january, 1985, "the violence is to be deplored...but if it can be used to
translate the abortion issue into a national debate, then it's served its
end." and paul brown of the american life league asserted that convicted
clinic bombers were only "very young, naive, well-meaning kids." [new york
times, jan. 23, 1986]
of course, the rhetoric of some far rightists is much more extreme;
witness the statement of this correspondent on the liberty net: "i hope they
would make abortion illegal, then these stupid women could feel what it is
like when you must use a hangar in order to destroy their child. maybe while
they are having fun they can remember ye old coat hangar." [sic] at a posse
comitatus meeting in wisconsin in 1980, a speaker declared, "we might as well
tell the truth...what the purpose of these space shots was...and all these
abortions...the babies' brains were pried out of them, taken out and put into
alcohol to be preserved. they were the memory brains for the computers."
the new right usually describes its new ethic for america and women's
role in the future society as a return to judeo-christian principles. warren
johnston of the confederate knights of the kkk scoffed, "more than ten million
white babies have been murdered through jewish-engineered legalized
abortion...right to life groups continue to talk of 'judeo-christian' ethics.
but the term judeo-christian is an anomaly...the term judeo-christian is
offensive to real christians." [gastonia gazette, feb. 19, 1985]
william pierce bluntly declares: "it seems to me that a truly healthy
morality is one which guides the statemen of a nation just as surely as it
guides the nation's other citizens. but such a morality cannot be christian;
it must have a new set of race-based values, which are the same for the state
as for the citizen."
'good' people, 'bad' people and morality
solutions for establishing morality for forcible public consumption --
including how to establish childbearing and child-rearing as a woman's primary
role in the body politic -- present points of variance between the far right
and the new right. jerry falwell asserted in penthouse that "it is easy for
people today who are violating god's law and man's law to ridicule those who
oppose them by simply saying, 'that fellow's repressive; he is suggesting a
return to where america was fifty years ago, morally.' that is exactly what i
am proposing, morally." falwell and other new rightists advocate lobbying for
legislative change. paul brown of life amendment political action committee
pointed out, "it really doesn't matter what the polls say. whoever can deliver
politically is the group that's going to get its way." schafly advocates
voting: "if the good people stay in the pews, and the bad people vote, we will
continue to have attacks on family values."
moreover, the new right takes a long-range view. "it is no secret that in
spite of better than expected results in the 1980 elections, many of the most
experienced right-to-life leaders are far less optimistic about the
possibility of passing and ratifying the ideal amendment in the forseeable
future than they care to admit in public," acknowledges david o'steen of the
committee for a pro-life congress. "some privately speak of twenty or thirty
being necessary to end abortion." the solution furthest to the right is
expressed by william pierce:
"the great hope of the white race is mother nature -- and the coming
cataclysm....the fact is that a great dying out is coming -- a wolf age, an ax
age -- and after that, a rebirth....we are certainly in a war -- a war without
uniforms, but nevertheless one in which a glance ordinarily tells to which
army a soldier belongs. at least, it tells those who have not had their brains
addled by the myth of equality, or the myth of individuality. the soldiers on
the other side don't have that problem. to the jew, the black, the militant
feminist, the homosexual, or the hispanic, what is of paramount importance
about any individual is whether or not he is one of the 'chosen'....he always
knows to which army he belongs."
editor's note: why do so many women respond to the appeals of the right wing?
in subsequent issues the monitor will explore the programs for women presented
by various right wing groups, as well as the position of women in both the new
right and the far right.
tom metzger and the white aryan resistance
the shift with the far right to a more evident neo-nazism and, in some
cases, to expressed formulations for violent underground activity, has
resulted in realignment, debate and considerable turmoil within the ranks.
two former ku klux klan leaders have merged from this new situation with
stable, even expanded, constituencies: tom metzger and glenn miller.
this duo -- metzger in california and miller in north carolina -- have
promoted a shrewd blend of nazi, populist and racist agitation; educated their
followers in "underground philosophy;" and experimented successfully with a
variety of organizing tactics.
in the last issue of the monitor, we examined glenn miller's position;
this third issue of the monitor will explore tom metzger's career. both men's
paths indicate the dramatically-changed status of ku klux klan leaders within
the far right.
tom metzger's transition from a klan leader involved in street violence
in 1978, to a political candidate in 1980, to a cable television show producer
in 1986 is representative of some of the changes that sections of the ku klux
klan have made.
metzger, a television repairman from fallbrook, california, is the leader
of the white aryan resistance. fallbrook's location midway between los angeles
and san diego has allowed metzger to play a major role in racist politics
throughout southern california for many years. his electronic abilities have
placed him at the head of the racist movement's dabbling in high-tech.
metzger has produced 27 different video programs that are shown on public
access cable television in california, texas and pennsylvania. in addition, he
runs an independent computer bulletin board system similiar to the aryan
nations system. white aryan resistance (war) publishes a tabloid -- advertised
as part of the aryan nations liberty net -- about four times a year. in a
fashion similar to the north carolina white patroit party, metzger relies
heavily on 24-hour message phones in seven california cities to spread his
word. war has spawned a small youth group, the white student union, which has
four chapters in california, two in north carolina, and one chapter in
metzger is not all high-tech, however. when the verdict was announced in
the racketeering trial of the order in seattle last december, metzger was
there to say the order was "not dead." in fact, metzger has been not only a
technological leader among the racists, but also a political leader.
metzger in the sixties and seventies
metzger's political development is similar to others on the far right.
during the sixties he was a member of the john birch society. the birch
society was at that time the largest formation of right-wing extremists and
included within its ranks a number of competing tendencies. while the birch
society program included opposition to the income tax, it did not include
breaking the law by not paying taxes. in the early '70's, a wave of tax
protest developed that later became associated with the posse comitatus.
metzger then became a tax-protester and left the birch society. according to
doug seymour, a former san diego police reservist who infiltrated metzger's
organization in 1979, metzger was also a member of the minutemen, a
paramilitary organization, during the sixties. the minutemen stockpiled
weapons, conducted paramilitary training, and got involved in a number of
altercations with the law.
in 1975 metzger became an identity minister in james warner's new
christian crusade church. warner was located in the los angeles area, although
he has since moved to louisiana. christian identity no longer plays a public
role in metzger's politics, although he maintains close associations with a
number of prominent identity figures.
also in 1975 metzger joined the knights of the ku klux klan, then led by
david duke. duke was, at the time, one of the new, young klan leaders who
first steered the klans toward a more straightforward form of neo-nazism.
metzger became head of the knights in california, and developed a certain
amount of independence for his statewide organization. the california knights
recruited marines from nearby camp pendleton and in 1979 organized a highly
publicized "border patrol" to prevent undocumented workers from entering this
according to seymour, metzger dazzled other klan leaders at a national
meeting in 1979 with his mastery of electronics and computers. metzger became
the center of a klan internal security apparatus that included the
sophisticated use of credit reports and court records. at that same meeting
klan leaders discussed developing an electoral strategy designed to widen
their appeal beyond the white robes and hoods. metzger's associate glenn
parker, a former campaign official for george wallace, helped form the
wapa and war
in 1980 metzger ran in california's 45th congressional district
democratic primary. he surprised a number of people and won the nomination
with over 33,000 votes. he ran a wallace-style "little people's" campaign and
polled best in white working class areas of the district. he lost the general
election by a wide margin. shortly after the election, the organization's name
was changed to white american political association (wapa). in 1982 wapa
fielded a number of candidates in the california primaries, including metzger,
winston burbage, and donald musgrove. by developing wapa as a public vehicle
for their racist program, metzger and others tried to bury the violence
associated with the klan behind a public relations blitz. however, the mask
came off of wapa in december, 1983, when metzger was arrested at a
cross-burning in the san fernando valley. in retrospect, the cross-burning was
a significant occasion. richard butler and future order member david tate
drove from the aryan nations idaho compound so that butler could officiate at
the cross-burning. butler was assisted by klansman frank silva and randy
evans. both silva and evans later were convicted in seattle as members of the
1983 was the year that the strategy of developing a clandestine criminal
underground was widely discussed in klan and neo-nazi circles. and a number
of the significant participants in that underground were in southern
california at that december cross-burning. for his part, metzger has been a
vocal supporter of the order -- and has opened the pages of his publications
to its jailed members.
according to a statement given to the fbi by convicted order member bruce
carroll pierce, metzger received between $250,000 and $300,000 of the total
four million dollars stolen by the order. pierce retracted his original fbi
statement before he went to trial, and metzger has not been charged with
receiving stolen property.
metzger stopped running for office and wapa soon became the white
american resistance (war)
war began to more fully develop themes that had only been implicit in
metzger's work: those related to developing support among white working class
people. war began to attack others in the right wing movement who are
anti-communist extremists without a world view totally dominated by race:
"war will not walk a conservative line...nor left nor right. whatever
benefits white racial culture, we endorse. whatever degrades our race, we
the most sophisticated terrorist organization in the united states is our
own so-called federal government, and now it wants men to die in el salvador
to protect fat-cat owned u.s. factories that left the u.s. to get cheap labor
and dump u.s. workers..." (war, iii, #1)
by 1986 metzger had developed even more fully his approach to white
working people. side-by-side with an article by convicted order member david
lane, war published an article supporting the local p-9 strike against hormel
in austin, minnesota. he wrote, "war calls on all white people to help trim
the fat from the hormel bosses by boycotting all hormel products..."
significantly, metzger also wrote:
"white revolutionaries have no dogmas...we do not connect ourselves to
reactionaries who think they are assisting their race by fighting for 'western
traditions' or against 'socialism.'
white racial socialism is positive. race mixing socialism is negative. we
are not pro or anti christian, pro or anti communist...socialist regimes
seeking to overthrow coca-cola 'culture' and zionism, and that are ruled by
white men who keep their nations essentially white, have our support."
metzger added another twist to his political transition last fall when he
and several war members attended a rally by louis farrakhan and donated one
hundred dollars to his cause. in october '85 he presented his case for
supporting farrakhan to a meeting of 200 klan and neo-nazi leaders in
michigan. metzger won fairly wide support for this new policy. at least
publicly, metzger has voiced support for black territorial separation on the
north american continent. (some neo-nazis have even called for a five-state
white enclave in the pacific northwest, but metzger doesn't seem to be one of
tom metzger has traveled quite a distance from his days as a john bircher
twenty years ago. major sections of the far right clearly have not traveled
quite so far, but others -- like metzger -- have. their version of racism is
now much closer to political strands that existed within hitler's own nazi
party. they add a dangerous new political edge to the violence that has long
been associated with the ku klux klan.
countering the politics of fear
bang bang uber alles, a musical drama by june jordan and adrienne torf,
premiered june 12 in atlanta, ga, sponsored by seven stages theatre and the
center for democratic renewal.
director del hamilton calls bang bang uber alles "a wildly american
musical." the drama presents a group of black and jewish performing artists
who resolve to confront the ku klux klan through the power of their music and
drama merged into reality when dave holland of the white southern
knights, a robed cronie and several cammie-clad klanmen attempted to disrupt
the third performance. the klanmen arrived at seven stages theatre carrying
posters which declared, "deport lyn wells and the center for democratic
a crowd of over one hundred neighborhood residents spontaneously
surrounded the klansmen to chant "get out! get out!" atlanta police drew
enthusiastic praise when they promptly chased away the white southern knights.
that evening's performance in turn recieved a standing ovation.
holland's appearance marked the first time in recent memory that the ku
klux klan has appeared publicly in atlanta.
bang bang uber alles completed its atlanta run on july 13. a benefit
performance of the musical, which was choreographed by michaelangelo davis,
was held for the center for democratic renewal on june 13.
featured cast members included robert breaux, jane anne ferguson, mark
ford, jennika good, matthew hutchinson, stephanie pettis, don smith and sheila
wheat. orchestra members included chip epsten, roger french, debra kaye and
the southern poverty law center has filed a court motion in raliegh,
n.c., asking that glenn miller, leader of the white patriot party, be held in
contempt. the law center asserts that miller is violating a 1985 settlement in
which he agreed not to operate a paramilitary organization, and requests
federal judge earl britt to sentence miller to three years in prison. the
trial date is july 21.
miller's response, in an "emergency fund appeal," was to assert, "no
matter the outcome of the trial, the white patriot party will continue to
operate, grow and further the cause of white people...we all know the immense
power of the jews over the federal government. we must never allow them to
beat us simply by getting rid of one leader."
glenn miller has suffered a few other setbacks recently. in his race for
the north carolina senatorial nomination in the may republican primary, miller
garnered only 6,526 votes. "frankly, i expected to do a little better," he
admitted. and the much-touted rally of the white patriot party near knoxville,
tenn. fizzled, drawing fewer than fifty participants.
a black family building a lakeside cabin in an otherwise all-white area
found their nearly-completed home burned to the ground on may 13 in missouri.
the kansas city-area couple was told eight months ago that one of their new
white neighbors didn't want them in the neighborhood.
on the opposite side of the kansas city metropolitan area, another black
family moving into a previously all-white neighborhood has had their home
attacked five times since february. a white protestant minister organized a
24-hour prayer vigil at the latter family's home.
tom metzger will no longer produce his cable television program, "race
and reason," on the campus of the california state university at fullerton.
although metzger was alleged to be dissatisfied with the college's video
equipment, extensivve protests by the school's anti-racism coalition probably
prompted his exit.
rick elliott, tax protester and leader of the national agricultural press
association, was convicted in may of 14 counts of theft and fraud in colorado.
elliott, who published ads for the aryan nations in his now-defunct tabloid,
told the court he kept the best interests of farmers at heart. he was
convicted of stealing over a quarter of a million dollars from his own
a report released by the national gay and lesbian task force documents
2,042 acts of violence and intimidation motivated by bigotry against
homosexuals last year. the report was compiled from 44 communities in 31
states and included 445 physical assaults, twenty homicides and nine bomb
threats. according to the report, increases in anti-homosexual activity were
directly attributable to public reaction to aids.
british revisionist david irving spoke in georgia in april for the
atlanta committee for historical review.
the committee, an ad hoc offshoot of willis carto's institute for
historical review, was sponsored by sam dickinson, a decatur, ga attorney.
local white supremacists, including edward fields and dave holland,
attended irving's speech.
from london, england, irving has been a popular speaker for some time
among britain's far right racists. no stranger to the united states, in
september, 1983, he was a guest speaker at an institute for historical review
conference in los angeles, ca.
in 1977, david irving wrote hitler's war, a history purporting that adolf
hitler was ignorant of the holocaust. since that time, irving has attempted to
deny the holocaust entirely, and has opposed immigration of people of color
into great britain.
for his part, sam dickson hosted a gathering of racists and anti-semites
from around the world in october, 1985. joining dickson's georgia standbys at
this previous meeting were members of the canadian league of rights and the
australian league of rights, and ivor benson of south africa.
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