The racist right and hate groups, in general, seem to harbor a pervasiveness of mental illness. From psychotic egocentrism to pedophilia, a case can be made indicting these groups as magnets for the perverse. Setting the aberrant thought process that racism requires aside, there is definitely something within that “Movement” which attracts and feeds weirdoes, criminals, and fiendishness.
With the recent arrests of some of the more prominent personalities within that cultish segment of our society for things such as pedophilia and child pornography it is little wonder that many on the racist right are thinking strongly about either leaving or cleaning up their outlandish actions.
When it was announced that several notables within the movement were planning on attending and lending their speaking acumen to a gathering in Orange County, California, hosted by Joe Fields, it was not surprising that a few voices were raised in protest. After all, Fields served a little stint in the penal system several years ago when he plead nolo contendre to charges that he had propositioned several very young girls. Having someone of such questionable character host a symposium of the magnitude that is expected, would simply further the already growing chasm that is evident and growing within the rank and file.
Bill White and Tom Metzger have both been credited with bringing Fields’ past and the list of his supporters to the forefront of this matter. In true factitious Bill White hyperbole, White posted the following:
“Stormfront Bans Posters Who Question Fields
Man Diddled Little Girl For Home Movies Is Close Associate Of Kelso, Strom
“A man who raped little girls in front a video camera for his home viewing pleasure is being protected by Stormfront officials, who have banned at least five people from their website today for questioning the organization's involvement with Joe Fields.
Fields made a name for himself working as a political organizer for David Duke and Willis Carto in the early 1990s, but his organization, the Nationalist Forum, collapsed after Tom Metzger circulated copies of his criminal record to white nationalist leaders.
”In 2005, though, Fields restarted the Nationalist Forum with the support of Jamie Kelso, Don Black and Kevin Strom -- and now enjoys support from a wide band of white nationalist political figures. A conference he has planned for March has figures such as Paul Fromm, Michael Collins Piper, Willis Carto, Edgar Steele and Ed Fields billed as speakers.”
One can only speculate on the purpose of such a statement, but I would venture to guess that Bill White was capitalizing on the fact that other prominent people had just been indicted on child porn and molestation charges and the fact that lots of accusatory fingers were pointing at the Stormfront eunuchs Don Black, Jamie Kelso, David Duke, et. al. as the relationship between those three and some of their supporters has been questioned by many both on the right and on the left.
There is no evidence that any physical contact was made by Fields with the girls in question and where Mr. White came up with that headline is anyone’s guess. However, that does not mean that Joe Fields was innocent – far from it. The definite rancor between Metzger, White, and Fields is more than apparent and it is sometimes difficult to know where the distortion of the story ends and the truth begins. However, given the players in this drama, it doesn’t take a Mensa IQ to deduce that with the track record of most of these people, even the most outrageous claims must be considered.
J. Edgar Steele, racist attorney and mouthpiece for lost causes within the movement, was scheduled to address the attendees until he was made aware of the trouble that might cause him. In a scathing letter, and after some research into the Fields debacle, Steele attacked Joe Fields mercilessly and withdrew his name from the speaker list. His letter has been spread throughout the internet, and it is pretty safe to say that Joe Fields’ reputation has taken a major hit once again.
In Steele’s letter, many valid points are made. Far be it from me to agree with much of anything that has ever come out of Mr. Steele’s mouth as I find him to be somewhat of a buffoon and a Philistine. Yet, when you’re right, you’re right and I will share the points that I agree with.
1. “Pleading nolo to a charge (literally, "no contest," or "you got me dead to rights and I ain't got no defense") is a fiction created by the courts to allow guys like Fields to claim, somehow, that they didn't really plead guilty. Courts do this because it saves time by getting cases closed that, otherwise, would have to be tried in order to obtain the inevitable guilty verdict. People pleading "nolo" get marked down as "guilty" and are sentenced accordingly.”
This has always been my contention on the “nolo” plea and I have frequently wondered why such a plea is even allowed. American Jurisprudence, in and of itself, is already awkward and clunky enough without such vagaries.
2. “The file speaks for itself. Joe pled, did some hard time and then served extended probation.”
Few innocent people ever plead guilty to charges that will list them as a sex-offenders. There were nine unrelated girls who picked Mr. Fields out of a photo line-up. He had no defense and he copped a plea with the District Attorney – plain and simple, the man appears to be guilty.
3. “Fields also wrote an extended letter to the WN community at the time which attempted to explain away the charges and his admissions thereto. He lied extensively in it about the charges, the meaning of his pleas, his lawyer and about appealing the result. Fields tried to blame copping the pleas on his lawyer's pressure and lying, then made some truly remarkable claims about the lawyer, to boot.
”I found no evidence of Fields appealing squat. He lied about that.
”Quite recently, I spoke at length with Fields' lawyer at the time, Encino lawyer David Currie. Though Currie was unable to discuss much about the case, due to attorney-client privilege, California Attorney Disciplinary rules do allow an attorney to speak out enough to rebut charges made by an ex-client. Currie unequivocally called Fields' written charges (he never even had heard about Fields' letter prior to my call) "absolutely false." I believe him. Fields lied about his lawyer.”
There must be an unwritten law somewhere that we anti-racists are not aware of that tells these racists to blame others for their problems. That just must seem to make living as a racist a whole lot easier. We see it all the time. “They won’t give me a law license – it must be the Jews.” I got busted for carving a swastika into her ankle – it’s only because ZOG hates Nazi’s.” “My lawyer must be Jewish because he talked me into this plea bargain.” And so it is in the racist world.
4. “It is our responsibility to clean up our own act and condemn those among us who break the law, particularly when violations so thoroughly trash the fundamental principles upon which we stand.
5. ”Make no mistake: Joe Fields was not a political prisoner. Obviously, neither is Kevin Strom. These men do not deserve our support. They have not earned our indulgence for this sort of thing. If we do not step up and condemn their actions, then we are hypocrites and worse.”
Yes…it is your responsibility and these actions fly directly in the face of all white nationalists. However, when you engage yourselves in something as seedy and reprehensible as practicing hate against others and considering yourselves superior, what can you expect? The groups and individuals involved in all of this are largely comprised of common, crass, borderline sociopaths who have no regard for societal expectations and no ability to even see beyond their own myopic view of the world.
While Steele almost sounds sane in his statements, we must remember that his rational demeanor may only appear that way to us because of the irrational people that we deal with in this melee of hate on a daily basis.
In the middle of all of this hoopla over his symposium and his penchant for young girls, neither Fields nor his wife Deirdre remained completely silent. First, the conference entitled “No More Wars For Israel” was pushed back – first to late April and then to sometime in the summer. I can only speculate that the recent flap was truly taking its’ toll on those affiliated with this group. Next, Deirdre wrote a letter on her husbands behalf and had it posted on VNN where a good deal of the upheaval was taking place.
In elegant prose, Mrs. Fields attempted to lay J. Edgar Steele, Bill White, and Tom Metzger flat. First, it should be noted that California law has a “child annoyance” statute. Supposedly, this statute is an attempt to arrest those who like to prey on minors, but have yet to commit a physical act. This is what Fields copped the plea to. In an attempt to paint her husband in a more positive light, Deirdre had this to say:
“THE ACTUAL CHARGES: Joe was accused of driving past some teenagers and asking them a question. There were three alleged instances, each lasting just seconds; one with an 18 year old; and the other two involving groups of teenagers – Whites with Mexicans -- with no indication as to which teenager he is supposed to have addressed in particular. Such a group situation is hardly conducive to raping anyone, nor to actually “picking up” anyone.
”As I recall, the first alleged approach was an invitation to “be in a movie,” without any kind of movie being specified; in the next alleged encounter, apparently a girly asked “What kind of movie?”, and the response was allegedly “a porno”. Now this might indeed amount to an insult, and surely the girls might have been annoyed -- it might also, have been a sarcastic, reality call that like so many of the girls strutting about L.A. , they were dressed like porno actresses (supposing it happened that is).
”The 18 year old was asked whether she wanted to “invest her money” – in what was not specified -- which can hardly be taken seriously.
It all sounds like some guy wising off at some girls dressed like sluts.”
Considering that nine girls picked Joe Fields out of a photo line-up, I am inclined to believe that it, in fact, happened. Additionally, the statement by Deirdre reeks of “She asked for it.” How many times have women been raped and later humiliated by the perpetrator and insensitive others claiming that she must have wanted it otherwise she wouldn’t have dressed that way? Women have fought long and hard to educate the public to the fallacies of such thoughts and Deirdre, the good little Nazi wife, fails to realize that no female ever deserves such treatment.
Addressing much of what she has written to Steele, she asks, “Do you, on the contrary, think that verbal suggestions or insinuations should be prosecuted in the harshest manner possible, and that a person should pay for the rest of his life for a mid-life verbal indiscretion?”
Many men do, in fact, experience what is euphemistically termed “a mid-life crisis.” Few, however, would ever dream of approaching underage girls with propositions and sexual innuendoes. Thank God that most men, crisis or no, consider minors as off limits and would never even think to approach them in such a manner. Deirdre’s attempt to excuse her husband’s behavior as being a perfectly understandable case of sluts on a street corner just asking to be solicited by someone in crisis is just a little over the top for me to buy. As she is reportedly the mother of five children I wonder what she would say should some little old man make advances toward one of her daughters.
Citing the many things that Joe has done for the white race over the years Deirdre slams Steele and Metzger and Bill White for their lack of appreciation and postulates that her husband may very well have been set up because of his public activism, once again laying the blame somewhere else as has become the norm for the racist right.
A few days later, Joe Fields weighed in with his version. Claiming that he had been set up and that he had been “pressured” into a plea, he attacked Tom Metzger by calling him a tool for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Morris Dees. In a long and laborious tirade which included his many “accomplishments” for “the cause,” there was no mention of this mid-life crisis that Deirdre relied upon, no mention of “sluts” or scantily dressed girls. His whole premise was that he was set up.
So…was this a situation of a man in the middle of a mid-life crisis who went around the bend, a man with plans to take his talk to another level, or a man who was the victim of the local police? Of course, I don’t know the answer – only he does. However, any way you slice it, it’s a mess.
It does, however, demonstrate the sickness that is so pervasive among the racist right. In the middle of all of this, a seldom heard from nutcase in the form of John “Birdman” Bryant had one of his repugnant essays posted on the board. In this essay he claims that pedophilia is basically a victimless crime and that no one really gets hurt. He goes on to say, “In short, I think that all the hoo-ha and hyperventilation over pedophilia is much do-do about pretty much nothing, and I think it is time for the Right to get over its apoplectic intolerance of a practice which is already rife among the elite, which is likely to become largely accepted in the future, about which there is no good evidence that it is harmful, and which
– as explained in earlier essays — desperately needs to be legalized in order to reduce instances of abuse.”
There are many, many people on the racist right who claim that having sex with teen-aged girls is natural and desirable. They see absolutely nothing wrong with marrying or bedding a fourteen year old. I tend to think that this, again, is all about power. White supremacists suffer from a paranoia that is all about power. They have a perverse and all pervading fear that should the white race ever become the minority the loss of power that whites have so long enjoyed, would result in retribution for all the white privilege that has been enjoyed for so long.
Being in control is very important to the white supremacist. In the home, the man is the decider – he is the one who rules the roost and in today’s world one of the things he hates the most is an independent woman which may very well account for his desire and attraction toward young, and impressionable girls. They are easier to manage, mold, and train and some leaders in the movement tell their following just that. Marry a young girl and you can make her into the perfect little Nazi wife – one that won’t talk back – one who is obedient and thankful for her wonderful husband.
The psychosis of the racist mindset is pervasive and debilitating. It undermines rationality and it cripples the growing process that makes individuals human and compassionate. Often it renders its’ host incapable of even the most simple form of human relationships. Now, it seems that the old adage “Misery loves company,” is quite true – as those who inhabit the hollow tunnels of hatred and bigotry seem to be attracting the very dregs of our society in unprecedented numbers.
Let’s look at this clearly for just a minute. Kevin Alfred Strom is arrested on charges of child porn. In his earlier years, David Duke wrote a sex manual for women under a female pseudonym. David Duke’s right hand man Vincent Breeding is found to be involved in the making of pornographic films and, supposedly, leaves the movement. David Duke exits prison with a meth habit and picks up a new houseboy in Jamie Kelso, and they purchase a luxury car in both their names. Don Black, long time friend and supporter of Duke, heralds Duke’s return and provides him with a vehicle in which to spread his message in the form of Stormfront. Boston National Vanguard leader, Matthew Downing is arrested on charges of statutory rape and inducing a fourteen year old into prostitution.
After the Strom arrest, Don Black said that they had been worried about that clearly indicating prior knowledge of Strom’s child porn fetish or activities. Now, we learn that a symposium to be held by Joe Fields might not happen because Fields has been maligned as a sexual predator for his crimes years ago. All of this is coming from just the Stormfront group. How many other groups have the same problem? Remember the National Socialist Movement having John Snyder, convicted rapist and felon, in a high position? How about the Chairman of the NSM helping his wife run the Joy of Satan Ministries? Let’s not forget that she was guiding impressionable and vulnerable teen-agers in sexual acts with demons.
This is the racist movement today. No longer are we very worried about the Klan setting fire to a cross in the neighbor’s yard. We aren’t sweating the occasional neo-Nazi boneheads marching in our cities. What we are most concerned about are those who prey on our youth. We worry about them being indoctrinated into a life of hate and violence, of course, but we also have to worry about them being taken in by sexual deviants who seem to have found a home among the racist groups.
Whether the charges levied against these twisted aberrant people are valid is anyone’s guess at this juncture. However, there are so many who have been arrested, charged, convicted that it stands to reason something is very amiss within the racist realm. For those on the right who have been advocating a general house cleaning, you had better bring some very big brooms and be prepared to see a drastic number drop in your membership.
Pedophilia and the abuse of children cannot and should not ever be taken lightly. People who prey upon the young physically or emotionally are the sickest of the sick. The many attempts at justifying such acts that I have witnessed since the Strom arrest have not only sickened me, but told me that this battle against hate is being moved to another plane. It’s no longer just about racism, bigotry, or prejudice. It’s about a mindset that knows nothing of morals, values, or integrity. It’s about a group of individuals who live in a gutter and want to pull everyone else down there with them. It’s about self-loathing so ingrained within their psyche that they wish to defile anything that is innocent and good and so very much unlike them. God help them…because I can’t.