The Ferguson rebellion is now the sharpest and most volatile domestic racial battle of the year, during a period of conflict and political polarization at home and wars abroad. Given the intensity of this fight, it is noteworthy that white nationalists have had so little to say, and even less influence to display.
Once the source of strength for the Tea Party Patriots, the number of local affiliated groups has plummeted by nearly 90 percent according to new research by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR).
The Tea Party loss in Mississippi last week resurrected the oft-repeated notion that the Tea Party movement is dead, at least electorally if not completely. Once again, that notion misses the big picture. The Tea Party is still batting over .500 in contests where national groups have endorsed a primary candidate.
Meet the young American at the center of a growing new international network of white nationalists.
University-educated, well-to-do, and full of youthful energy at 36 years-old, Richard B. Spencer has risen through the American white nationalist ranks in a remarkably short period. Thanks to an inheritance of the movement’s past, he has the infrastructure to try and re-shape the movement’s image and direction.
This is the fourth installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences.
“Everyone agrees the 2nd American Revolution is far overdue. We have waited to [sic] long and been to [sic] timid in the defense of liberty and justice, both now gone, we witness the horror of the unfolding police state. The daily injustices only furthers our resolve to take action, the stage is being set, our rage will become a fury upon them,” wrote Brent Douglas Cole in September 2013. Less than a year later, he found himself in a gun battle with state and federal law enforcement officials.
Cole, a racist, anti-Semitic, self-described “sovereign citizen” camping in the northern California woods has been accused of shooting a California Highway Patrol officer and a Bureau of Land Management ranger during a confrontation on June 15.