Often I am asked by others why I do what I do. People find it difficult to understand what drives a person to track and monitor and report on neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists. What I usually discover about those people, however, is that they really don’t know very much about this movement of hate that is going on across this country. Usually, once I show them the pictures and some of the footage of the rallies and events, let them hear some of the hate speech first hand, and introduce them to the reprehensible ideology they are, at the very least, surprised and sometimes outraged.
This sort of educating doesn’t always answer their question as to why I do what I do, but it does help to build a little more awareness about what hate groups and their members are all about. Certainly, we are all products of the past and our own personal experiences. We either trudge or dance through life molding and reworking our thoughts, opinions, values, politics, and ethics. Humans are in a constant state of flux, and are generally always searching and reaching for that which is just out of our grasp.
Like most people, my life experiences are what propel me. Yet, the more involved I become with all of this and the more I learn – the more I seem to be driven by the sheer irreverence of the “movement,” that and the knowledge that while many on the racist right strive to become more “mainstream” in their message, the underpinnings remain as reprehensible as ever.
Of course, as the hate movement continues spill it’s bilge on the internet and in our communities, it is understandable to most of us that this so-called movement mainly attracts those with little or nothing to lose. Generally speaking, those who are enticed to join a group whose ideology is hate, anti-Semitism, and anti-everything are pretty much those people who have no where else to go – no future – and filled with fear. While some of the self-appointed “leaders” are striving for a more “civilized” approach their presentation there are the detractors who will never let that happen. In many ways, those detractors help people like me a lot. However, it is those same detractors who pose the most immediate problems to both sides.
Something that has become patently clear with the emergence of these groups on the internet is that, almost to a man, those who are the “renegades” of this movement are inevitably crass, crude, uncouth and Philistine in their efforts to gain attention and to make what they believe is a point.
Those who speak out in direct opposition to the hate-filled ideology being proffered from the racist right, as well as those within the movement who dare to disagree, are well aware that they will be immediately labeled a “traitor” or a “Jew.” However, when among the dregs of the groups, you can pretty much bank on the gutter spewing over. Now, if we are all products of our life experiences, we might not even want to imagine what kind of life these pitiful people have led.
One example is Bill White, a marginal player in the grand scheme of things, and as I have been reminded on numerous occasions, not representative of all those furthering the racist agenda. White, while articulate most of the time, reverts to very primitive discourse and presentation when he becomes rattled or shaken – which seems to happen more and more frequently these days.
I am often reminded, when dealing with the likes of Bill White, of a racist who called himself “Stevo” and frequented anti-racist message boards for the sole purpose of posting black and white pornography – sometimes homosexual pornography. Stevo was problematic in that the stuff he posted was not for general consumption and the racist group would often try to stop him because he was a constant embarrassment.
Many, on both sides, have commented on Bill White’s penchant for sexual commentary and photo shopped pictures. We all remember the “Nationalist Enquirer” site that Bill claimed no affiliation with but had his fingerprints all over it. We also remember the ridiculous attempt by White to paint Daryle Lamont Jenkins as a homosexual.
When it comes to outcasts and misfits, we can’t forget Jeff Schoep the so-called “Commander” of the National Socialist Movement. When dealing with Schoep, a woman can first expect to be labeled a “race traitor” and then a “whore.” Of course, if there is any truth to the rumors about Schoep and his friendship with Anthony Pierpont we can see how his life experiences have led him in that direction.
Then there is Michael Blevins of VonBluvens notoriety. Blevins is almost a whole
other country all by himself. His latest diatribe, along with the returning Michael “Doc” Schnieder, has been leveled against myself. Hell, I even got a personal invitation to hear what they had to say about me. I must say that they really don’t seem to like me very much if you can imagine that.
Blevins and the Doc have been around for a few years and are well known for their “shock effects.” Their uncouth castigation of others is something that a handful of Nazi’s tune in to hear simply because it tickles their funny bones to hear someone saying the things that they are afraid to say. This recent volley of sewage, however, demonstrates precisely why they are considered pariahs to most of the racist right. In an attempt to insult and to demean me, they have done nothing other than to disparage themselves and to further prove that the racist right is still as atavistic as ever.
To be a product of your environment and you life experiences is also to be reflective of that from whence you came. To claim “white pride” while attempting to vilify another through using pejorative language replete with depictions of sexual encounters, ethnic genitalia, racial slurs, and suggestions of rape and torture is simply oxymoronic. If I wanted to persuade someone NOT to get involved in the movement that self-deprecating screed that was produced would be the first thing I would introduce them to.
Every organization and group has their own pariah. It just seems that the racist right has an abundance of people who serve no other purpose than to embarrass and to place them in their rightful place within a society that has little tolerance for them to begin with. We can generate a little solace from all of this, only if there is any truth to the old saying “Cream rises to the top,” because the antithesis of that would be “Shit rolls downhill.” And that is precisely where these people belong – at the bottom of the fecal matter pile.