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In the wake of revelations that Dylann Roof, the alleged Charleston, South Carolina, shooter, was “awakened” to the epidemic of “black-on-white crime” by the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), PayPal – one of the world’s largest online money transfer services – has suspended the white nationalist hate group’s account after being contacted by Hatewatch.
The CCC’s website’s singular purpose is to propagate this false narrative of a victimized white majority under siege by allegedly violent people of color in the United States. Stories regularly feature gruesome images of victims accompanied by sensationalist rhetoric about the attacks designed to generate outrage.
In the wake of the death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin, the CCC’s website, disguised as a mainstream news source with domains like “Top Conservative news” and “Conservative-Headlines,” exploded with web traffic. Kyle Rogers, the site’s webmaster has publically boasted about changing the narrative around the story, as well as the fact that his coverage brought 170,000 unique visitors to the site in a single day.
Rogers also uses PayPal to process transactions for his personal business, Patriotic Flags, an apparel store that supplies flags and T-shirts to several hate groups. Among the items sold by Rogers is the Rhodesian flag – a symbol that adorned Roof’s jacket in pictures taken before the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
The cost of maintaining a site with so much traffic is significant. Unfortunately for Rogers and the CCC, that cost just became that much more significant now that the CCC cannot benefit from PayPal’s services.
Despite just now moving to suspend the CCC’s account, PayPal has been well aware of its part in helping the group raise money. On multiple occasions over the past year, Hatewatch has contacted the organization about more than 60 known hate groups using PayPal’s services to solicit donations and sell merchandise used to fund hate.
Each inquiry about the PayPal’s acceptance of brazen violations against its own acceptable use policy has been met with the same response:
“PayPal does not permit our service to be used to accept donations if the content on that web site violates our Offensive Materials Policy, which is contained in our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The Offensive Material Policy prohibits individuals and groups from making a call to action for violence of any sort against any group, promoting or glorifying hate, violence or racial intolerance or graphically portraying violence or the victims of violence.”
Along with this stock response was an email address for reporting AUP violations. On each occasion that Hatewatch submitted a list, at least three separate times, the CCC was among the hate groups identified as using PayPal’s services.
Bafflingly, the CCC’s website, dedicated almost solely to promoting a false narrative of white victimhood and the violent nature of embattled minority groups, was apparently deemed by PayPal as insufficiently guilty of “promoting or glorifying hate, violence or racial intolerance or graphically portraying violence or the victims of violence,” until today.
In the wake of the tragic events in Charleston, allegedly perpetrated by a young man who credits the CCC with the beginning of his radicalization, it is encouraging that PayPal has finally moved to honor its own stated values. However, the company has plenty of work to do with at least 60 more hate groups benefitting from its services.
It is unfortunate that it took such a tragedy to get PayPal’s full attention.
The Killing Season: are racists using the internet to Indoctrinate killers or are they instructing them?
For the third time in less than three years, a “lone-wolf” racist killer has attacked a religious institution in the United States.
All the attacks have been mass shootings, involving one individual with a single firearm. And they have been particularly lethal, leaving 18 dead and only 4 wounded. All of the shootings occurred at a time when a large number of congregants were present at the targeted institution.
These killings have also occurred within about a three and a half month period, between mid-April and early August. This inexplicable compression of attack timing, what investigators call an “offense cluster,” is historically consistent with other mass killings by racist extremists, including the July 22nd, 2011 murders in Norway by Anders Breivik, the May 2nd, 2012 mass shooting in Phoenix by neo-Nazi, JT Ready, and the April 19th, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh.
Before we dismiss the timing and targeting as mere coincidence, we should at least ask the question: Are racists using the Internet to indoctrinate their fragile- minded followers into killers or are they instructing them?
The three religious institution attackers are linked to only four racist websites. Wade Michael Page shot and killed six people at a Sikh Temple on August 5th, 2012 and had accounts on Stormfront and Crew38. Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people outside a Jewish Community Center on April 13th, 2014 and had accounts at VNN Forum and Stormfront. And Dylann Storm Roof, who murdered nine parishioners at an African American church last week, acknowledges the Council of Conservative Citizens website as his primary ideological influence.
At least in Mr. Roof’s case, the website he frequented may have been more than just a source of indoctrination.
Less than three days before Roof committed mass murder at the AME church in Charleston, the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens suggested taking a .45 caliber pistol into the black community to “help mitigate violent black crime at its source.”
“Old guys like me should dress in a disheveled manner, pretend to be intoxicated, hang-out in “the hood,” and bring along a large-caliber handgun (with backup!) and help mitigate violent black crime at its source…”
Minutes later, Holt added:
“I prefer my Sig .45 with HP loads…”
Almost as if in response to this suggestion, Roof wrote in his manifesto,
“I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet.”
Five days before the shootings, Holt posted a comment on the CCC website on the topic of “wreaking revenge on innocent nigros [sic]”:
“As much as I hate “those people”?—?especially the violent black criminals who seek out white victims?—?I am somewhat repulsed at the thought of wreaking revenge on innocent nigros,[sic] not involved in crimes against whites.
But then Holt went on to say:
“Nigros, on the other hand?—?with their under-evolved Frontal Lobes?—?think nothing of taking revenge against ANY WHITE for whatever alleged grievances they harbor, real or imagined…”
Since the killings, the CCC has denounced Roof’s actions but stands by their statements, maintaining they mean what they say on their website.
Perhaps we should take them at their word.
Three weeks before the shootings, Earl Holt advocated lynching black people on the CCC site. He wrote:
“A tall tree, a short rope, and a good knot are not an expensive endeavor…”
Six weeks before the shootings, responding to an April 28th American Renaissance article about crime in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, Holt advocated the type of domestic terrorism used by the Ku Klux Klan when he wrote about the coming “race war”:
“It occurs to me that if if [sic] TSHTF?—?and we attack the enemy head-on and in force?—?we will very soon become the targets of law enforcement. However, the exploits of Nathan Bedford Forrest should be an inspiration to every Patriot wishing to do his duty, and should serve as an example of how to successfully manage the coming race war…”
In the same April article, Holt advised “White Crackers” to purchase a handgun. He wrote:
“LISTEN UP YOU WHITE CRACKERS:
Some time that same month, Dylann Storm Roof went to a gun shop and purchased the .45 caliber Glock pistol he would use to murder nine innocent parishioners at a Bible study class in Charleston last week.
Whether these attacks are random and just coincidental, the asymmetrical “hive mentality” of the often-unstable people who frequent racist forums on the Internet seems to be encouraging the targeting of minority religious institutions for attack.
Churches, synagogues, and mosques are usually among the softest targets in town. “Soft targets offer militant planners an advantage in that they can frequently be attacked by a single operative or small team using a simple attack plan,” according to a study on the security intelligence websiteStratfor.
Racist attacks on minority religious institutions are increasing and have been since Barack Obama took office. In Springfield, Massachusetts on November 5th, 2008, within hours of Obama’s election, three racist arsonists burned an African American church to the ground. The Macedonia Church of God in Christ was set ablaze in retaliation over the election of our first black president.
And church attacks are accelerating in frequency. Three weeks ago, on June 3rd, racist vandals slashed the tires of a African American church bus near Dallas and poisoned a puppy belonging to the pastor’s family. They also spray painted the words “No Niggers” on the church van.
Four weeks ago, on May 22nd, the congregation of the Sanctuary at Wilmington, NC arrived to find several nooses dangling from the trees in front of their church.
Nine weeks ago, on April 15th, after years of racist harassment, an African American church in Oak Harbor, WA was burglarized and vandalized.
Ten weeks ago, on April 7th, a synagogue in Gaithersburgh, MD was defaced with swastikas and the letters “KKK.”
On February 17th, the New Shiloh Christian Center in Melbourne, FL, an African American church, was set ablaze and a swastika was spray painted on the wall with the words “we see u.”
On February 16th, racist vandals attacked a Hindu Temple and a local school in Bothell, Washington with racist graffiti and swastikas. In December, three African American churches in Wakula, Florida were vandalized with the letters “KKK” spray painted on their walls. And in October, John White, a 40-year-old neo-Nazi, told his mother he was going out to “shoot Jews”.White drove to Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, Illinois, smashed out several windows and wrote “Kill Israel and Death” on the entrance of the synagogue before police arrived and arrested him at the scene.
Let’s not kid ourselves. If ISIS were involved, these attacks would be viewed as coordinated, organized acts of domestic terrorism. And until federal law enforcement calls them what they are and begins to connect some dots, the racist “killing season” in America is likely to continue.
Editors’ Note: A photo caption in an earlier version of this story reported that patches on a jacket Dylann Roof wore in photos posted on his website were likely sold at patriot-flags.com, an online store managed by Kyle Rogers, the webmaster of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Rogers’ store does not and has never sold those patches.
Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof’s manifesto cited the hate group Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) as his gateway into the world of white nationalism. The CCC is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South.
For decades, this racist group has had the ear of a number of prominent politicians, both state and federal, many of whom were members of the group and/or attended events put on the by CCC — a group that has referred to African Americans as a “retrograde species of humanity.”
In 1998, a scandal erupted over prominent Southern politicians’ ties to the brazenly racist group. After it was revealed that former Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga.) gave the keynote speech at the CCC’s 1998 national convention and that then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) had spoken to the group five times, both claimed they knew nothing about the CCC. As evidence of widespread association between Southern GOP officeholders and the CCC mounted, Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson took the unusual step in 1998 of asking party members to resign from the group because of its racist views. But six years later, many Southern lawmakers were still pandering to and meeting with the CCC — and still pleading ignorance. According to a 2004 Intelligence Report review of the Citizens Informer, no fewer than 38 federal, state and local elected officials had attended CCC events between 2000 and 2004, most of them giving speeches to local chapters of the hate group.
Authorities confirmed earlier today that a manifesto appearing on the website “The Last Rhodesian” was indeed penned by Dylann Storm Roof, the man arrested following the murder of nine African Americans at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday evening.
Roof’s manifesto indicates that he has been involved in the white nationalist scene for about three years. A deeper look into the 2000-plus word screed reveals that he was deeply immersed in white nationalist ideology and very knowledgeable of the hot button issues and debates in the white nationalist world today.
What follows is a textual analysis of the Dylann Roof manifesto and an attempt to trace the ideas expressed therein to beliefs widely-held or debated within the white nationalist movement.
Black on White Crime
“But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”
The issue of black on white crime is one of the most common white nationalist tropes. A quick look on any of the leading white nationalist websites and message boards indicates how popular this claim is on the radical right. Today, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the group Roof credited with introducing him to the white nationalist scene dedicates itself to educating whites on what it sees as an epidemic of black on white crime in the United States. The CCC website has been a touchstone for the radical right to get “educated” on this issue, with articles appearing on a daily basis reporting on “hate crimes” committed by African Americans on whites in the U.S. It appears this was the first stop for Roof on his dive down the white nationalist rabbit hole.
UPDATE: Charleston law enforcement authorities have confirmed that the website containing Dylann Storm Roof’s manifesto and photos was registered and run by Roof.
A manifesto, purportedly penned by Dylann Storm Roof, the man charged with murdering nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., has surfaced online. A website contains numerous photos of Roof as well as a 2,000 word manifesto. The website is called “The Last Rhodesian” – the Rhodesian flag was one of the patches Roof had on his jacket in his Facebook profile photo.
Roof’s manifesto reveals much of his motivations for committing his heinous act. In it, he specifically cites the website of the white nationalist hate group Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) as his gateway into the radical right. The CCC is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South. Today, the CCC dedicates itself to educating whites on what it sees as an epidemic of black on white crime in the United States. The CCC website has been a touchstone for the radical right to get “educated” on this issue – and it appears this was the first stop for Roof on his dive down the white nationalist rabbit hole.
Roof’s alleged manifesto reads, “The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”
The CCC is very active in Roof’s home state of South Carolina. In fact, the CCC webmaster, white nationalist Kyle Rogers, is based in the state. Rogers is the mastermind behind the CCC’s push to bring attention to black on white crime – writing article after article on the CCC website exposing what he calls black on white hate crimes. This brand of racist opportunism, exemplified by Rogers’s coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, is a staple of Rogers and the CCC’s media plan. On Feb. 6, 2012, in the midst of the site’s coverage of the shooting, the CCC’s website topped 170,000 unique visits in a single day. Such successes have emboldened Rogers and the CCC’s web team, resulting in similar coverage following the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the social unrest that followed. It seems the CCC media strategy was successful in recruiting Roof into the radical right.
When he isn’t writing about black on white crime, Rogers manages a flag store, Patriotic-Flags.com, which you can visit by clicking an ad on the CCC website. Rogers’ store sells the flag of the government of Rhodesia, the same flag sewn on the jacket worn by Roof in his Facebook profile. Before Roof’s alleged manifest was discovered, Rogers was quick to attack the Southern Poverty Law Center for our reporting on the Roof shooting. Rogers claimed “there is no evidence whatsoever” of Roof being radicalized online. If authorities determine that Roof’s manifesto is authentic, Rogers words may well come back to haunt him.
Ann Coulter was back in the news again this week following racist comments she made during an interview with Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos. Coulter claimed the Mexican culture is “deficient” and went on to claim that part of Mexican culture includes “uncles raping their nieces.” Such quotes are nothing new for Coulter, who uses her mainstream popularity as a platform to spread white nationalist messages and ideas to a large audience.
Over the past few decades, other white nationalist ideologues such as Pat Buchanan and Sam Francis (before his death) have been publicly denounced and marginalized. The main question for TV networks and newspaper columns is why are they not doing the same to Coulter? If one looks at her quotes throughout the years, many strikingly similar things have been uttered by neo-Nazis and hardcore white nationalists. Yet Coulter remains in the mainstream.
In an interview with Sean Hannity last year, Coulter scoffed, “But unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There is more cholera in America than there is racism. But they have to invent it.” Sadly, Coulter is very much mistaken. Racism is alive and well in America today and Coulter is doing her part to spread it.
Below is a selection of racist quotes from Coulter juxtaposed with similar quotes from other members of the radical right:
One may assume the new majority will not be such compassionate overlords as the white majority has been. If this sort of drastic change were legally imposed on any group other than white Americans, it would be called genocide. Yet whites are called racists merely for mentioning the fact that current immigration law is intentionally designed to reduce their percentage in the population. (From AnnCoulter.com)
“I think there are cultures that are obviously deficient. And if they weren’t deficient, you wouldn’t be sitting in America interviewing me — I’d be sitting in Mexico.” (Coulter in Politico)
“Multiculturalism, which subordinates successful Euro-American culture to dysfunctional Third World cultures, keeps gaining ground against surprisingly weak opposition.” – White nationalist John Vinson, founding member of the neo-Confederate hate group League of the South
“You fled that culture because there are a lot of problems with that culture. We can share our culture with other nations without bringing all of their people here. When you bring the people here, you bring those cultures here. That includes honor killings, it includes uncles raping their nieces, it includes dumping litter all over, it includes not paying your taxes, it includes paying bribes to government officials. That isn’t our culture.” (Coulter in Politico)
Statistics repeatedly prove that ILLEGAL ALIENS, first committing a criminal act by violating our borders and then bringing their values and culture to our midst, are major contributors to our mounting financial burdens as well as moral and social decay.” – Barbara Coe, former head of the anti-immigrant hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform
“I think our motto should be, post-9/11, ‘Raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.” (Coulter in CNSnews)
“A bunch of towel head/sand niggers put our great White Movement to shame” – Neo-Nazi Rocky Suhayda
“But unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There is more cholera in America than there is racism. But they have to invent it.” (Coulter in Newshounds)
Editors’ Note: This story has been updated to correct that Pat Buchanan has written for American Free Press before.
Pat Buchanan, the former presidential candidate and Reagan staffer, has once again thrown his lot in with professional anti-Semites.
On April 25, a column penned by Buchanan ran as an advertised exclusive to the American Free Press, a publication put out by Holocaust denier and longtime anti-Semite Willis Carto. Carto founded the anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby in offices not far from the White House, created the first Holocaust denial outfit Institute for Historical Review, and still publishes a denial magazine, Barnes Review. In general, the Press carries stories on Zionism, secret “New World Order” conspiracies, American Jews and Israel.
With a theme of being a “refuge from lies and delusions” about race in America, the annual American Renaissance (AmRen) conference last weekend in rural Tennessee drew the largest audience since 2008 – a benchmark cementing it as the premier annual white nationalist event in the United States.
Despite the larger audience of about 200 participants, the broader themes remained remarkably similar to previous years: IQ differences between the races, opposition to non-white immigration, a call for community among white nationalists and questioning whether the American political system can be used to a white nationalist advantage.
But let’s not forget the virulent anti-Semitism sitting deep at the heart of the conference. While American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor historically has avoided public criticism of Jews – a fact that has made him a polarizing figure among his fellow white nationalists – others at the conference have not been so careful.
For example, during his comments at the conference, held in Burns, Tenn., Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist website VDARE, remarked that nobody under the age of 40 remembers the Cold War. But he quipped that “surprisingly” most know about the Holocaust. Brimelow called those promoting criticism white nationalist position, “the Holocaust-haunted rich,” a claim he has made before.
There were others, too.
Following on the heels of a significant white nationalist conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, this past weekend, another overseas event featuring European, Russian and American racists is set to take place in Belgium next month. On April 18, the far-right Flemish student movement Nationalistische Studentenvereniging (Nationalist Student Union), along with the white nationalist publishing house Arktos, has organized a colloquium titled “Europe, Beyond the West.”
The event, just the latest example of the ongoing international bridge-building on the radical right, is to take place at Antwerp University’s Flanders campus.
Here is a rundown of the extremist speakers scheduled to address the gathering:
Alexandr Gelyevich Dugin is a Russian political scientist and fascist who supports a Eurasian empire made up of Russia and former Soviet republics such as the Ukraine and set against “North Atlantic interests.” Dugin has close ties to the Kremlin and serves as an adviser to Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the Duma, the Russian parliament. He has set up nationalist political parties including the National Bolshevik Party, National Bolshevik Front and the Eurasia Party. During this year’s conflict in the Ukraine and Crimea, Dugin was in regular contact with pro-Russian separatist insurgents. In 2014, he was removed from his teaching position at Moscow State University, reportedly for his extremist views. Dugin is regular speaker at far-right gatherings across Europe.
Manuel Ochsenreiter is editor-in-chief of the German monthly news magazine ZUERST! (meaning “first”), which is “committed to the life and survival interests of the German people and the precious heritage of our European culture.” The magazine describes other media as controlled by “foreign interests.” According to The Interpreter, an English-language website specializing in Russian news, ZUERST! burnishes “the image of the Third Reich in popular culture” and opposes “what it regards as the humiliating legacy of denazification.” Just after the magazine began publishing in 2010, workers for its distributor, Bauer Media, threatened to strike, calling it a pro-Nazi magazine. Bauer dropped the publication. Ochsenreiter also is an on-air correspondent for the conspiracy-minded television channel, Russia Today. He is close to Alexandr Dugin and supports Russian interests in the Ukraine. He recently gave an interview to Iran’s Press TV, a blatantly anti-Semitic news outlet that often gives a platform for American anti-Semites to express their views.
John Morgan is the American editor-in-chief of Arktos Media, a co-sponsor of the colloquium. Morgan, a supporter of extremist political parties in Europe, says the publishing outfit is named to evoke “ancient European tradition” and “northernness.” Arktos publishes a fully catalog of radical books by prominent fascists, including Dugin, as well as handbooks on the Identitaire movement’s racist and anti-Muslim ideology. Some of Arktos’ works are particularly radical. Guillaume Faye and the Battle for Europe is a compilation of postings from American neo-Nazi websites including Vanguard News Network and National Vanguard. The publishing house also sells a translated version of The Culture of Critique, written by American anti-Semite Kevin MacDonald. Arktos moved to Budapest from the India in 2014 and will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in May. Morgan has been published on the American racist website Counter-Currents and is often found speaking on the racist circuit in the United States. Since his move from India to Eastern Europe, Morgan has sought to build relationships with European radicals across the continent. While he may not yet be a known name in European far-right circles like Dugin and Ochsenreiter, Morgan is close to joining them.
Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a report on “Stormfront Radio,” a racist and anti-Semitic broadcast that can be heard in the United States and on a satellite feed in Europe. Aired by the anti-Semitic Rense Radio Network, the two-hour show is hosted by Stormfront founder Don Black, a longtime white supremacist, and features a host of his likeminded racist allies.
Each hour of the show starts with a two-minute news broadcast, usually read by Bob Agnew of Salem Radio Network (SRN). The news segment, which provides an unearned air of legitimacy to Don Black’s hate-filled broadcasts, is produced by Salem Media Group, one of the largest and most successful Christian-based radio content providers in the country. Black has said SRN’s news makes his program sound “like a real radio show.”
But there’s a problem for Black. And Jeff Rense, who runs Rense Radio Network. SRN has not sanctioned them to run their programming.
Tom Tradup, SRN’s vice president of news and talk programming, is very upset with the situation. Tradup said in a voicemail left with the SPLC that the network knew “nothing” about this and “had not given them permission” to run the news feed. Tradup told the SPLC that Stormfront “kidnapped our news” and “we want nothing to do with them.” According to Tradup, the issue has been referred to SRN’s legal department, which plans to address the matter with the Rense Radio Network.
The use of SRN news on Stormfront radio is all the more abhorrent because Black’s program has viciously attacked SRN syndicated talk show host Michael Medved. Don Advo, who often co-hosts on “Stormfront Radio,” once accused Medved on air of being a racist Jew who was pro-choice to “cull the goyim herd” of white babies.
Attempts to contact Don Black and Jeff Rense were not responded to.