June 10th was a warm and very humid day in Washington, D.C. as storms built in from the West. The clouds weren't the only things casting a pallor over the nation's capitol, however. There was an even darker pother creeping toward one of the most revered of our country's historical offerings - the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
James von Brunn, an 89-year-old racist and virulent anti-Semite, chose this day to pick up his rifle and turn his fantasy of ethnic cleansing into a reality. Unfortunately, Stephen Tyrone Johns lost his life while protecting others.
As the media has focused heavily on the writings and past transgressions of Brunn, I will not cover the well-trod territory of the press. A simple Google search of the man will suffice to give the unaware reader a synopsis of the evils that embodied this pitiful octogenarian. What I will, however, explore are the associations of Brunn and dangers that others of his ilk bring to our society.
It is with a very sobered soul that I find myself writing this missive as I was working diligently on something a good deal more lighthearted as the tragic events of the day unfolded.
For well-over a decade, Citizens Against Hate has been chronicling and tracking the actions of the racist movement. We have written thousands of articles and reports, given testimony, engaged in community awareness programs, etc., all in an effort to raise awareness and educate the public to the dangers that organized racism holds for our society. But, nothing has been more successful in raising that alert than the racists themselves.
James von Brunn was an angry and bitter old man. His ex-wife would tell you that his hatred "...ate him alive like a cancer."
That "cancer" is alive and well in thousands throughout our country. It is malignant and it is pernicious. James von Brunn, at 89, is but one manifestation of that malignancy. When William Luther Pierce, founder of the National Alliance died in 2002, followed by Richard Butler, patriarch of the Aryan Nations, in 2004, many thought that with the "old-guard" out of the way, the white supremacist movement was finished. But, the real "old guard" hasn't left the premises - yet.
Von Brunn was close to William Luther Pierce and had ties to Butler. But, he was even closer to another of their protégés - Willis Carto, a revisionist and Holocaust denier from the old school of hate.
Elder statesmen, such as Carto and Brunn are dying off, but their work and influence have far-reaching implications for mainstream America in the current political climate.
A recent example of that is the case of John de Nugent (aka John Nugent; aka Jack Nugent), a psychopath out of Pennsylvania who befriended a young Finnish nationalist by the name of Henrik Holappa who was recently removed from this country in chains.
De Nugent claims to have had ties to von Brunn and, in fact, seemed to have been in contact with him a short time before the shooting. This is not surprising since both he and Brunn were closely associated with Carto.
Holappa had fled Finland to avoid incarceration and ended up in Pennsylvania alongside de Nugent who introduced him to the American version of white nationalism and some of the reprobates who inhabit the movement. De Nugent has lamented the unfair treatment received by Henrik when his application for asylum was denied and he was deported back to Finland just a few days ago.
De Nugent's threnody, however, was quite misplaced, as Holappa was, undoubtedly, considered a terrorist by the standards of Homeland Security. Many white nationalists have found themselves so branded of late.
The whole de Nugent/Holappa affair demonstrates the potential dangers that are inherent with the racist and anti-Semitic right.
Prior to his entry into this country, Holappa wrote several letters to the Iranian newspaper denouncing the United States and Israel. In part, he stated:
"Iran is the last fortress against the Zionism and USA. Europe has gone down in 1945 - year 1945 may never happen again. May the Allah protect the people of Iran and its leadership.
"That what happened in Afghanistan and Iraq can not happen in Iran, never. Dear people of Iran, I appeal on you: Stay as one NATION and destroy the enemy! You are in the frontline fighting against the Zionism and Americans.
"We have to tell about the crimes by the Zionism and USA in the world. They are striking as long time as they can and as long time that they have won. We can never let these cancers to win. In the end the free Nations will crush the Zionism.
Long live Iran!"
As stated earlier, it is the white supremacists themselves who make our case for dangers they present. Upon the broadcast of the events at the Musem, the racist right went into high-gear. A few denounced the actions of von Brunn, but many more were appreciative.
A few of the comments denote the true nature of the beast:
"Hot Damn! A man with balls... He shot a nigger in the kike museum...No great loss...Thanks for your service!"
"Excellent work, we salute your service!"
"Alex Linder: How to explain decorated World War II veteran James von Brunn's actions?
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable"—John F. Kennedy
"The jews are driving America into the ground, and one man decided to fight back."
"More people have now been killed in the Holocaust Memorial Museum than in the Holocaust."
"Alex Linder: Collaborating with the jews might be a good short-term career choice, but long term there's nothing but death and dishonor for those who appease the jews."
"This might be the best news I have read in a while. These filthy jews need to know that they are not safe anywhere, even their Kwa homeland.
"My only regret is that Abe Foxman wasn't shot."
"History in the making.
"The first actual jew casualties of the holohoax.
"6,599,998 to go."
"The jews' demonization of White Nationalists is backfiring. They have driven racist Whites underground, leaving many with the lone wolf option only.
"Guess what, you fucking kikes? You never know when one of these lone wolf things is going to happen, or where!..."
While the rhetoric of the extreme racist shocks and even frightens the mainstream, it is the mindset that is the most disconcerting of all. To our credit, most people do not even think in the terms of the extremist yet the thought processes of those who would put into practice that very rhetoric must be closely examined. Interestingly, it is one of the more notorious among them who authenticates that premise as he leads his followers thusly:
I wasn't talking about men with pitchforks or even AKs taking on ZOG.
Right now there are no consequences to white perfidy (the Fox hosts) nor to the jews running the country. They do whatever they want, and fear no repercussions.
What if a couple men kidnapped an ADL higher-up along with, say, a lanky blonde? What if they conducted an interview on camera? What if they proceeded to cut the two's heads off and film it? What if they simultaneously posted the video on a number of online sites? What if this video made it absolutely clear that the jew was killed because he had tried to take White men's guns and free speech, and the blonde was killed because she was a collaborator and an appeaser? What if it was clear that this was not a one-off, but the beginning of a campaign by forces unseen?
The American people aren't following us in part because they see that we aren't willing to die or, more important, kill for our beliefs. They aren't all lemmings. They aren't all stupid. They aren't all cowards. They see a lot of the same problems we do. They're just lazy and comfortable. Just as eating makes appetite, seeing that there are those out there actually willing to kill our enemies - that would have a significant effect.
When we talk in apolyptic terms, we eventually get declining returns. Either we mean it, or we don't.
I don't think we can rely on the System breaking down on its own. The trends are all bad and unless we reverse them will get worse. The System has shown time and time again it can ignore and mock us without consequences.
I think there need to be consequences. Until there are, we're mainly entertainment, with some soft work - some education, some information dissemination, some curriculum.
I actually think a physical revolution is quite possible. Our army is mainly good at torturing people and bombing them from the air. It is not good at fighting forces that hit and run. Look at Eric Rudolph. The FBI had hundreds of people searching for him for two years and came up with squat.
The pressure is all one way right now. The jews do illegal, immoral things and we complain about double standards. Point out how unfair it is. But there's never any redress. There is no White movement until jews and those who front for them start dying at our warriors' hands. That's why I don't allow fantasy fags to sign up at VNNF.
A little something is ginning up. We're working hard. There is more we can do. That we have not developed a K-12 curriculum for White homeschoolers is a prime example of our ineffectuality. That we still have no organization that speaks for Whites is further example.
They don't respect us, they being the jews and, say, "Fox," because our actions don't back up our rhetoric. If our cause is worth dying for, how come we aren't killing any enemies?
It's not that hard. I think that the personalities on tv, the talking heads and the analysts, are soft targets, easy to get to. And if I were to make a prediction, I'd say that's where the real revolution, the physical fighting back, is going to start.
This is but one example of how twisted the mindset is among the extremists. Those words were written by Alex Linder, the owner and founder of Vanguard News Network, an internet forum and blog inhabited by some of the most virulent racists and anti-Semitic individuals on the internet. He went on to say in a later post,
An assassination, a series of assassinations, carried out against comparatively soft (undefended) targets known to the public through their presence in the mass media, could have very positive consequences for the cause of liberating Whites from Jewish Tyranny.Shocking? To most of us, yes. The world is truly a dangerous place. The extremists among us make it even more so.
Last October, William A. White a neo-Nazi in Roanoke, Va. whose website called for the establishment of a nation-state in which only whites have the right to citizenship and for the removal of all non-whites and Jews from the United States, was arrested for juror intimidation.
In April, Richard Poplawski, a member of Stormfront opened fire and killed three police officers in Pittsburgh. Poplawski's anti-Semitism and anti-government views were were well-documented.
Last week, Scott Roeder, a militia member and far right-wing pro-lifer shot and killed Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion doctor, as he attended church.
Also last week, Harold Turner, an anti-Semitic racist talk-show host, was arrested for threats made to two Connecticut Congressmen.
Now, Stephen Tyrone Johns lays dead after reaching out and opening the door for James von Brunn. Why? Who wins? No one.
As those on the extreme right wrap themselves in the mantle of Free Speech and the Right To Bear Arms, the rest of us are expected to accept their actions as being righteous and in the best interest of the "white race." Anything less than that acceptance will be met with a swastika and a jackboot.
The year is 2009, and the world is a very small place, growing ever smaller - and ever more violent. The threat that the right-wing extremists pose to this country and others is real and can no longer be ignored. Like any cancer - if left untreated it will spread.