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League of the South to Protest “Southern Demographic Displacement”

By Heidi Beirich on August 21, 2013 - 11:58 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Neo-Confederate, White Supremacist

The neo-Confederate group League of the South (LOS) will be holding a protest in Uvalda, Ga., this coming Saturday to protest the “Southern demographic displacement” allegedly caused by Latinos who have moved to the area. The rally is directed specifically at the town’s mayor, Paul Bridges, a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that led to much of Georgia’s anti-immigrant law being struck down by the courts.

Slated to speak at the event, which has been supported by the town’s police chief, are several LOS members, a former neo-Nazi and a man once imprisoned for stealing weapons from the military that he planned to use in a race war.

The LOS, listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a hate group, advocates a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The group believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities.

The LOS says Mayor Bridges is an “an activist for Third World immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Also in its statement about the protest, the LOS says that the town council and Police Chief Lewis Smith support the event. Bridges is one of the plaintiffs in a largely successful suit brought by the SPLC against Georgia’s punishing anti-immigrant law, HB 87.

The LOS website claims Chief Smith “has expressed his support for the demonstration and asks that we bring as many people as possible. He assures us that the people of Uvalda do not support illegal immigration and amnesty and he believes that we will be warmly welcomed by the people of the community.” As of yesterday, Smith’s public Facebook page listed only one favorite, the League of the South.

On the LOS’s Facebook page promoting the event, Chief Smith wrote on July 22, “its [sic] about time everybody knows how this city is being drug through the dirt by the mayor. the [sic] police dept [sic] city council and citizens do not stand with the mayor on his stance for immigration.”

The chief now seems to be wavering. After being contacted by the SPLC about the types of people speaking at the protest, he claimed he was ignorant of the extremism of some of the speakers. “I don’t agree with what you are telling me if that’s what these people are,” he said.

Smith also claimed ignorance about the LOS, saying they seemed like good pro-Southern folks, adding that his support had been narrowly targeted to the issue of immigration. In the interview, Smith said he is “not backing the protest,” saying that if the speakers were anti-Semitic and racist, “I don’t want to be that.”

“I’m not for neo-Nazis or the KKK,” Smith said. He added that he had a family member who is of mixed race. He said that, at this point, he would not be participating in the protest but would be there to provide police protection and would look further into the SPLC’s information.

Event organizer Michael O. CushmanEvent organizer Michael O. Cushman

Neo-Nazi ties to the event start at the top. Event organizer Michael O. Cushman, 36, of Aiken, S.C., is a former member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. Records show Cushman first contacted the National Alliance (NA) in 1997, at the age of 21, and became a dues-paying NA member in November 1999 with the membership number, C0127.  Now, Cushman runs the Southern Nationalist Network, which is a co-organizer of the event. Like many young racists do today, Cushman is organizing the event on Facebook, where, as of Tuesday, 32 people had indicated they planned to attend.

Oddly, after years of fetishizing the Confederate flag, including holding massive pro-flag rallies in Montgomery, Ala. and Columbia, S.C., the LOS is bringing its own flags to Uvalda, and the battle flag is not among them. Instead, organizers will provide the Georgia Secession Flag and the Southern Nationalist Activism Flag (apparently of their own design).

The organizers also have adopted a rather stringent dress code that seems to consign the normal favorite attire of neo-Confederates to the trash bin: “No t-shirts. Shirts must be tucked in. Belt needed. No belt buckles with pictures, flags or messages. The same goes for hats. No old or holey jeans. No re-enactment paraphernalia. Do not bring flags or signs – we will provide these. Please be ready to smile and make a positive, friendly first impression of the League of the South and Southern nationalism!”

The rule that “shirts must be tucked in” has caused some concern for racists who evidently want to carry a concealed firearm to the protest. A potential attendee going by the name “Peak Finance” wrote on the racist blog Occidental Dissent, “Don’t mean to cause problems, but about this rule here: ‘Shirts must be tucked in.’ Umm, There is a very good reason I walk around with my shirt un-tucked, do I need to say it publicly? I’d rather not. This means I would need to wear a suit jacket? Ugg.”

Also attending the Uvalda demonstration is Matthew Heimbach, a white supremacist leader with the Traditionalist Youth Network, an outfit that claims to be organizing “white student unions” on college campuses. Heimbach spoke earlier this month at the Practical Politics seminar put on by Stormfront. His speech, which can be seen here, emphasized Heimbach’s being “primed” for revolution and his dislike of Jews.

Another prominent racist participant is Kyle Rogers, a key player in the CCC who runs a very active chapter in South Carolina. It has held repeated rallies against undocumented workers at the state Capitol and hotly defended the Confederate battle flag. (Rogers told one reporter that the NAACP was “busing in welfare mothers” to demonstrate against the flag.) Rogers also posts anti-Semitic tirades under the name “Valhalla” on Stormfront. His rants have covered such topics as modern crimes perpetuated by Jews and the supposed Jewish domination of the media. In one thread published on the topic of male circumcision in January 2012, he wrote, “Your typical left-wing Jew is obnoxious about being Jewish and constantly drawing attention to their Jewishness. … Your hardcore Orthodox Jews were probably upset when American Christians first started doing [circumcisions].”

Michael Tubbs, leader of the Florida LOS chapter and another speaker, has a frightening history in the racist movement. In 1987, prosecutors say Sgt. First Class Michael R. Tubbs and another Army Green Beret, toting automatic weapons fitted with silencers and dressed completely in black, robbed two fellow soldiers of their M-16 rifles during a routine exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. “This is for the KKK,” the holdup men shouted as they fled. While he was abroad, the wife of his partner in the 1987 holdup went to authorities. Ultimately, five caches of weapons were found, including machine guns, 25 pounds of TNT, land mines, an anti-aircraft machine gun, grenades, booby traps, 45 pounds of C-4 plastic explosive and more. (Authorities believe that the arsenal was stolen from Fort Bragg and Fort Campbell, Ky.)

They also found notes written by Tubbs that showed that he and his brother, John Tubbs, were setting up a violent, racist group called the Knights of the New Order. Officials said Michael Tubbs had drawn up lists of targets that included newspapers, television stations and businesses owned by Jews and African Americans. There was even a group pledge authored by Tubbs: “I dedicate my heart to oppose the enemies of my race, my nation and the New Order. … I dedicate my life from this moment forward to fostering the welfare of the white Aryan race.” Tubbs served four years in prison.

Other speakers include Michael Hill, who heads the LOS, and Ed Wolfe, head of the Georgia chapter. Hill hung up on a call from the SPLC seeking comment on the protest and the speakers’ views.

Some of the new young racists in the white nationalist movement are playing a big part in the Uvalda protest. They also seem to have somewhat lax views regarding racial purity compared to their older racist compatriots.

For example, protest organizer Cushman has some unorthodox ideas for someone who was a member of a neo-Nazi group and appears to oppose Latino immigration. He has more than 1,000 posts on the racist website Stormfront under the name “hammeroftours,” where he claims “Julius Caesar was a real Latino.” He says the same is true of Spain’s medieval Queen Isabella, whom he calls a real “Hispanic.” It is unclear if his love of Latinos, or at least Caesar, is related to the four years he claims he taught English in Europe for the Spanish military and government. Cushman, also on Stormfront, writes supportively of singling out Jews “for the negative influence and schemeing [sic].”

Cushman refused comment to the SPLC, emailing, “I am uninterested in having any contact at all with anyone (much less answering any of your questions) connected to the SPLC. Goodbye.”

Hunter Wallace, aka Bradley Dean GriffinHunter Wallace, aka Bradley Dean Griffin with Renee Baum
Renee Baum poses with an AK-47 assault rifle

Another young movement leader slated to speak is Hunter Wallace, aka Bradley Dean Griffin, a longtime racist from Midway, Ala. Griffin has been posting on Stormfront since 2001, under the name “Njection,” and also runs the racist blog Occidental Dissent. Recently, Griffin has made public that he is engaged to Renee Baum, daughter of Gordon Lee Baum, who heads the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). Griffin says Renee Baum will be attending the protest with him.

And this brings us to more unorthodox racial views from some of these young activists. Renee’s sister, Laura Leigh Baum, claims she has lots of Jewish friends and Native American blood (as then must her sister Renee). In a criticism of anti-racist activists in 2007, she wrote: “There are Jews in the [Council of Conservative Citizens], I have friends that are Jewish, my dad has close friends that are Jewish, one man there has KIDS that are Jewish. So calling us Nazis is RIDICULOUS! Not only are there Jews in the CofCC, there is every other race you can think of. I am part American Indian… do you think my dad hates me?”

Perhaps the CCC has Jewish friends and members as Laura Baum writes, but Brad Griffin, who is supposedly marrying her sister, titled a post about Jews on Stormfront this way: “Ha I hate Jews.” He went on to write, “I despise them…White Americans have many enemies, Jews, invading Mexicans, Black Parasites, but none greater than the mortal enemy of all White Christian Civilization which is Arabic Islam.”

Griffin did not respond to an email seeking his comments.

  • rick

    As a personal friend of Mayor Bridges, I can say only that I feel a true pain in my heart, in my gut, for the injustices he is facing. The people of Uvalda will NOT be better without him as their mayor and a truly caring citizen. Never met a republican I liked better than Mr. Bridges.

    If you racists really want to make a dent in immigration reform, don’t go to the corn and cotton fields, try Wall Street.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “Michael Cushman said,
    on August 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Kiwiwriter, your attempt to stereotype me as skinhead thug is humourous. You know nothing about me beside what the SPLC came up with (which gives a false picture of who I am) for this hit piece. I am about as far as it gets from your ridiculous stereotype. Do I sit arou d writing hateful statements about you? No. But you feel comfortable doing that about me.”

    Well, “Palmetto Patriot,” I’m glad you’re laughing. From what I can see of your work — and yes, I did look at your work — you’re like a good many radicals, lacking in a sense of humor.

    Being defeated in court or legislation radicals can take — they expect that at the hands of the “great conspiracy” — but they’re furious when they face humor. That’s understandable.

    Given the heavy weight radicals and “true believers” attach to their crusades, they become quite infuriated when their diatribes gain neither universal acceptance nor angry opposition. They are prepared for and expect both. But when the answer is ridicule, they’re furious.

    The SPLC gave you an opportunity to respond to their “hit piece,” both in their article, and right here on this page, and you turned down the former, and they’re not stopping you on the latter, so fill the room with your theories, and we’ll smack them down.

    And I didn’t make a “statement” about you. I asked you a question…which you chose to interpret as an attack on you.

    I behold a man who is a neo-Nazi, a Jew-hater, who hangs out on Stormfront, spouting the same cut-and-paste drivel we’ve heard for the past 60 0 years. Nothing really new.

    I expect that when you got into your version of white supremacy, your recruiter told you that you were going to be the type of person that would lift up the white nationalist cause from being that of criminals, pedophiles, paranoids, manic-depressives, and general crackpots, to being a movement based on decent, middle- and working-class families, intellectuals, and traditional values. Let me know how that works out for you in about 10 years, after you notice that you haven’t attracted any, and your organizations are still running in place.

    You have pretty well defined your answer for me…you’re an angry young man, with an intense hatred for a bunch of your own stereotypes, who has a penknife to grind.

    Actually, I don’t “hate” you at all. I think you’re a young man, with more issues than “Time” magazine, and you’ve got yourself into the trap of white nationalism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and secessionitis, for your own reasons…most likely personal inner torments. I think it’s sad that a person with your intense energy is wasting that energy on such useless causes.

    It may make you feel important, and on the “cutting edge” of some glorious cause, but as time passes, and you make little progress, you’ll begin to wonder whether you’re really accomplishing anything in your life. Both Patty Hearst and Richard Girnt Butler, late in their careers as radicals, on opposing sides, realized they weren’t accomplishing anything. They wasted a lot of energy and talent, too.

    And I’m sure that you’re writing “hateful statements” about me and other stereotypical views of your favorite enemies.

    So my message to you is a simple one…get off that path while you still have youth and time in front of you.

  • Michael Cushman

    Aron, I looked up the meaning of your ‘schweinhund’, the word you chose to describe me. It means ‘swine’ in German. You, knowing nothing about me personally other than the little bit of propaganda you read in this SPLC hit piece, would describe as a ‘pig? This says far more about you than it does about anyone else.

  • concernedcitizen

    Aron, I am forever grateful for that word you have introduced to me…your use of Schweinhund is not only brilliant but so appropriately used in your earlier posts.

    As serious as the matter is I must tell you that it made me laugh. And I do understand the anger towards these idiots who keep saying and posting horrible untruths about the Jewish Community.

  • concernedcitizen

    @Reynardine, you said: They can’t claim intellectual superiority, they can’t claim moral superiority, and these intending Secessionists sure can’t claim superior patriotism. They are exhibits A to Z of what happens if your family tree doesn’t branch enough.

    I could not have stated it any better.

    This is beautiful.

  • Michael Cushman

    Aron, you have clearly not read much of my writing. I write mostly about the origins of the plantation culture of the South (how it was developed and spread from the islands of the eastern Atlantic all the way to the South) and about the necessity of Southern independence (pointing out the tyranny of the present system). There is little on my site about Jews other than explaining their historical role in the development of the plantation system. In fact, quite a few anti-Jewish people have blasted me for not taking a position hostile to Jews in general. That is not what I am about. I am about the survival, well-being and independence of the Southern people. On the other hand, you insult me and brag about how ‘successful’ you are. lol What a contrast!

  • Aron

    No Michael, you sit around writing hateful statements about ME. I am a Progressive and a Jew. And I am more successful than you will ever be, Schweinhund.

  • aadila

    Erika, forget not the great statesman, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter — one of the “new” Southern governors who transformed the political landscape of Georgia. He even helped bring the cinematic arts to Georgia, with the movie “Deliverance” helping to immortalize the spirit of the Georgia hillbilly — a spirit which lives on in the present day in the form of the League of the South.

  • Reynardine

    Erika: and Otis Redding.

  • Linnea

    *sigh* I wonder why the trolls even bother posting here. They gotta know by now they’re just going to get smacked down. Come on, guys and gals, time for another round of Whack-a-Troll.

  • Michael Cushman

    Kiwiwriter, your attempt to stereotype me as skinhead thug is humourous. You know nothing about me beside what the SPLC came up with (which gives a false picture of who I am) for this hit piece. I am about as far as it gets from your ridiculous stereotype. Do I sit arou d writing hateful statements about you? No. But you feel comfortable doing that about me.

  • Erika

    The biggest irony of their attempt to “preserve Southern culture” is that if you asked for a consensus view of the three best cultural contributors that Georgia has produced the answer would probably be: James Brown, Ray Charles, and Little Richard.

  • Sam Molloy

    I looked it up. The Georgia Secession flag is white with a red star in the middle of it. Mao Tse Tung would love it.

  • RiceKitty

    Dear “Palmetto Faketriot”:

    Your excuses for hatred of minorities is pathetic. So is your “movement”…now go back under your bridge in the boonies, please…you too, Delaware Confederate.

  • Critical Dragon1177

    Heidi Beirich,

    I wonder how many of the people attending this protest are the “I’m not a racist, I’m a racial realist” people. In other words, I wonder how many of Bob Whitaker’s Minions were there. This seems like something right up their ally, after all they’re the one who came up with the “mantra.”

    A Cult of Racists Is Bombarding the White House Petition Site

  • Critical Dragon1177

    Delaware Confederate,

    You wrote,
    Y’all are mixing white preservation with white supremacy! Apparently you do support demographic replacement! I know it is asking too much for a race baiting organisation such as yourself to see the difference.

    What difference? There is no one trying to preserve the “white race” that doesn’t look down on people of other races. Segregation wasn’t simply motivated by the “need” to preserve the “white race,” and not racial hatred or a belief that blacks were inferior. The idea of “separate but equal,” was a nonsensical idea that was only used by the court in Plessy v. Ferguson to get around the 14th amendment. In reality white and black facilities were almost never equal in any meaningful sense.

    People who accept that all people are created equal, realize that race doesn’t even matter at all. Why should we care about persevering the “white race,” when you can’t even scientifically prove the “white race” even exists? Also, how many of these people do you think don’t advocate something similar to Jim crow laws, if not much worse?

  • Kiwiwriter

    Palmetto Patriot, same thing goes for you…please share with us the definition of “white culture.”

    I presume that you ARE familiar with Verdi, Shakespeare, Mozart, and Dumas. Or do you define “white culture” as skinhead music, SS tattoos, meth-fueled mosh pit brawls, and photographs of a bunch of guys with thick necks giving the cameraman the finger?

  • Kiwiwriter

    So “Hunter Wallace” is really Bradley Dean Griffin. Well, that figures…he combined the “hunter” concept with the name of George Corley Wallace of “Stand in the schoolhouse door” fame.

    I guess he doesn’t know that Wallace gave up on his racist views and apologized profusely.

    Seems to hate Jews, too. But he has no problem taking and publicly photographs of himself fondling his girlfriend’s breasts in public. Figures.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Well, once again we have another angry defender of “white preservation.”

    Now, Delaware Confederate, please explain for us exactly what “white culture” is.

    I’ve heard of Irish culture, English culture, Scottish culture, Norwegian culture, French culture, Spanish culture, Dutch culture, German culture, Russian culture, Polish culture, Italian culture, Greek culture, Hungarian culture, and Danish culture. None of them are endangered.

    Never heard of “white culture.” Please define it for us.

    This I gotta hear.

    “Demographic replacement.” That’s almost as good as Lon Chaney’s “Generation Identitaire.”

  • Eunice Weinberg

    I usually wait until december to make my annual donation but these guys give me the creeps and I can’t wait another day. Thanks for all the work you do to remind us that hate is very much alive.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Confederate, “white preservation” means European cultural destruction.

  • Delaware Confederate

    Y’all are mixing white preservation with white supremacy! Apparently you do support demographic replacement! I know it is asking too much for a race baiting organisation such as yourself to see the difference.
    Deo Vindice!

  • Erika

    When i first saw the headline, i was worried that they would be protesting in favor of forcing me to move back to Georgia.

  • Reynardine

    Hunter’s Phallus clearly calls himself Njections because he’s been getting them. He was, until recently, a walking advertisement for endocrine deficiency. Now he’s an equally good one for the kind of thing that gets you kicked out of the Olympics. As for Mr. Cushman, he looks a Hell of a lot more Asian than I do. Is this catty of me? Yeah, it would be, if they weren’t holding themselves out to be the (excuse the expression) *cream* of the “white” race. They can’t claim intellectual superiority, they can’t claim moral superiority, and these intending Secessionists sure can’t claim superior patriotism. They are exhibits A to Z of what happens if your family tree doesn’t branch enough.

  • Vidalia Farmer

    Well, I’ve confirmed this idiot police chief supports the League of the South on his Facebook page and even supports the protest event on the League of the South’s Facebook page.

    That a law enforcement official can put his name and face, while in uniform, in support of a group with a convicted domestic terrorist among its leaders speaks volumes to the chief’s judgment and personal integrity.

    He should resign.

    Basically, what we have here in this part of the country are some of the hardest-working, most family-oriented, frugal and kind people you’ll ever want to meet.

    And a good many of them are Latinos.

    This issue became a “problem” for local racists when we started growing more than just onions around here. Used to be, those “brown people” just came to the area to help harvest onions each season and then left. Now, we grow crops year-round so we hire help year-round.

    Out here, our strength is in our diversity of crops as well as in our people. Some day Vidalia winter cabbage will be as famous as our onions.

    What has the “Knights of the New Order,” or whatever they really call themselves, so upset is that these part-time Latino migrant workers are now our full-time neighbors and friends.

    And I can promise you this, they’re staying. These are good people. Their families have as much a stake in our success as the rest of us. And just as much right to be here as any of us.

    Hope the rain washes these losers away on Saturday.

    Or at least cleans our streets afterwards.

  • Gregory

    As noted previously, you can’ spell “loser” without LOS.

    In 2007 I was driving from Atlanta to Columbus on I-85 and stopped at some small town for a bite to eat. At the town limits was a billboard soliciting membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Just beyond the billboard was a carnicería and supermercado. Of course, I stopped to take a photograph, with the billboard in the foreground.

    Personally, I thought the latino market added some charm to what was otherwise a drab little town, but I’m guessing the locals would not agree with me.

  • Palmetto Patriot

    Exactly the sort of hit piece we have all come to expect from the SPLC. Reality is twisted and turned upside down. Can we expect the usual pleas for more funding to accompany this Leftist, anti-White propaganda? After all, tens of millions in the bank is just never enough to ‘fight hate’.

  • Aron

    Master race my left foot!