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Addled Aryans: Red Faces Light Up White Supremacists

By David Holthouse on March 27, 2008 - 7:03 am, Posted in White Supremacist

More than a dozen high-profile white nationalist activists muddied their reputations in the world of the radical right recently by organizing and publicizing a protest campaign on behalf of a teenage shooting victim they assumed was a “pure-blooded” white.

It all began last Wednesday, March 19, when Suffolk County, N.Y., resident John H. White, 55, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for killing 18-year-old Daniel Cicciaro Jr. in August 2006. White, who is African-American, shot Cicciaro in the face at close range when the unarmed young man and three of his friends confronted White at the foot of White’s driveway on Long Island. They had followed White’s teenaged son, Aaron, home from a party after a quarrel. A jury convicted White of manslaughter earlier this year.

Minutes after a judge handed down the relatively light sentence (White faced up to 15 years in prison), the victim’s father, Daniel Cicciaro Sr., shouted to reporters, “As long as you’re black and there’s a problem at the foot of your driveway, you can shoot my son in the face? Let’s see what happens when Aaron White gets shot! Let’s see what the laws are then!”

The following day, white nationalist John Anthony Boone, posting as “OTPTT,” started a discussion thread on the neo-Nazi website Vanguard News Network (VNN) entitled, “White Father Responds Like White Man Over Light Sentence Given to Nigger!”Later on March 20, another VNN senior member, Gina Brashear, posting as “mgbrashear3@aol.com,” claimed to have made contact with the Cicciaro family. “I just hung up with Daniel’s father’s girlfriend. … She cried the whole time I spoke with her. I remained calm & level headed the entire 15 minute conversation I had with her. I am shaking so bad now, and crying, that I can hardly type. She said they have received numerous death threats from the nigger’s friends & family. I assured her there are thousands more supporters out there that will take up for them, than there is [sic] niggers. I have never felt such helplessness in this woman’s voice, she is a shell of hurt, anguish, and helplessness. … She said Daniel’s father is in bad shape, as far as anger, and wanting to retaliate. I told her we understand his anger all so well.”

Brashear then shifted into capital letters to implore VNN leader Alex Linder to launch a publicity campaign: “PLEASE ALEX, SOMEONE, UNDERTAKE AND MAKE IT A MISSION FOR US HERE AT VNN, AND OTHER GROUPS, & TO HELP THIS FAMILY OUT! I EXPLAINED WE WANTED TO GET DANIEL’S DAD TO SPEAK OUT & BE INTERVIEWED. SHE IS TALKING TO HIM AS I TYPE, AND IS GOING TO CALL ME BACK. THEIR NUMBER IS [number redacted by Hatewatch]. … CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GET A GAME PLAN IN ACTION TO START DEMANDING THAT A RE-TRIAL BE ORDERED. … DON’T LET THE CHANCE OF AN OUTRAGED WHITE FATHER’S PLIGHT BE IGNORED!!!!!!!!! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO IGNITE PEOPLE FOR OUR CAUSE, AND TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR THIS WHITE YOUNG VICTIM OF BLACK ON WHITE CRIME!”

During the next five days, the Cicciaro discussion thread was abuzz, as Boone, Brashear, Linder and others publicized the telephone number and other personal information of the judge who sentenced White, distributed a video clip of Cicciaro Sr.’s enraged comments, laid plans for a protest rally in Suffolk County, and swapped accounts of their emotional phone conversations with Cicciaro Sr. and his son’s mother.

“I just talked with Daniel Cicciaro and told him that I wanted to offer my encouragement and to let him know that he isn’t alone,” Boone posted March 22. “Also told him that if there was anything I, or others of us, could do for him that he shouldn’t hesitate to call. He said that he’ll sleep better tonight knowing that others care about him, his family, and this outrageous situation with the murder of his son. … His phone, mine, or both are tapped as there were periodic drop outs at specific intervals where the signal dropped for a fraction of a second.Maybe you all will consider sending him a card and word of encouragement? I think he needs it and I think it will do his heart good to get cards with encouraging words at this time.”

Several of the participants in the discussion suggested that Cicciaro Jr.’s death could be exploited for propaganda purposes in the same way that Linder and other racists exploited the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a young white couple who were carjacked and killed by a group of African Americans last year in Knoxville, Tenn. White nationalists and others widely circulated graphic details of the brutal murders — many of them fabricated — and Linder organized a neo-Nazi rally in Knoxville against “black crime” that received substantial media coverage.danielcicciarojr.jpg

There was just one problem with the latest propaganda ploy by Linder and his friends: Christian and Newsom were blond and fair-skinned; Cicciaro Jr. (right) was half Puerto Rican. This alarming fact finally dawned on the intrepid crew at VNN when Cicciaro’s mother, according to Brashear, said after several days of phone calls from white nationalists ranting about “Jew judges” and “niggers,” “You know I’m Puerto Rican, don’t you?”

Oops.

Needless to say, the enthusiasm of the VNN activists was dampened once they learned their race-war martyr was a “mud.” VNN member “Signal” spoke for many when he posted this incredulous comment: “235 posts before this finally comes out? Unbelievable. Research, people. Research.”

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  • Paul Jamieson

    Why isn’t Trinity United Church of Christ on your list of hate groups?

  • Commander ANSWP

    Over on VNN, John Anthony Boone (OTPTT) goes by “Tony.” In a subculture full of creepy freaks, Tony Boone is probably one of the most paranoid losers in the so-called movement. He thinks “ZOG” is following him around, tracking him and trying to keep him from saving the white race.

    Why does anyone even let this strange Christian Identity Nazi in to their events? Alex Linder has to know what a pinhead the guy is. No job. No girlfriend. Tony admits he got kicked out of his mother’s house and that he now lives in a tent out in the woods. Sort of like that fat guy on Saturday Night Live who lives “in a van down by the river.”

    As you may know, Tony Boone claims to be a “professional photographer.” He has a website called “concertshooter.com.” Have you seen his so-called “work?” Please. This fruitcake runs around with a beat-up Nikon D-200 and scams his way into concerts claiming to be “Press.” Gets in free but never actually sells any of his photos to the media. Look at the overexposed, poorly composed garbage he posts over there.

    Tony is just a creepy fan with a camera and a press pass.

    Hopefully the next time “photographer” John Anthony “Tony” Boone asks to get credentialed for a concert they will Google this loser scumbag and tell him no.

    Anyway, thanks for this story, SPLC. I am reasonably certain the poor father in New York who took a call last week from Tony Boone was totally embarrassed by the notion that the so-called “White Nationalist” movement sent a creepy representative like Tony to try to convince him to support their pathetic cause after losing his son in such a tragedy.

    Sad.

    You get a life, Tony.

  • http://www.vnnforum.com YG

    Get a life

  • GENO-cydal 88

    Likewise.
    Hardy Lloyd is correct. I was emailing him today, we spoke of religion and revolution, I’m not a “Jew”.

    However, according Don Black, he’s says the VNN is full of “rejects, wannabe`s and has beens.” Folks like Bill White, Sub Rosa and others. Don’t believe me? Then ask him yourselves. Hell, Linder even brought a black woman named “Latisha” on their show recently. The irony of ironies is that these vermits didn’t know the victim wasn’t White simply by reading his last name. This only goes to show us how intellectually lazy they are by not seeing the difference between a “pure blooded whitey” and a mix.
    Moreover, if one feels that they are in danger of being threatened on their own property, then its their full right to defend themselves, their family and property against the enemy. How is this case any different from the one in Texas where a inbred shot a couple of Blacks? Except for the fact that those blacks weren’t on his property but next door. This Black dude was merely defending himself and its justified.

  • http://exaggerator.blogdrive.com/ IludiumPhosdex

    Next big campaign to watch for from the racist and white-supremacist community:

    Partnering with “Operation Rescue” to assist in the “complete and final evacuation” of Afrikaners from South Africa, and resettling them as “refugees” based on a “fear of persecution” which may turn out being scripted.

    Insincere, even.

  • http://www.fascistworld.org Hardy Lloyd

    Should I even bother…?

    Here goes:::

    White people live in Puerto Rico! Also, he looks white. And no, I was banned from VNN!!

    However, I don’t care about some white or non white filthyamerican being murdered, and I should know, ah?? (wink) – Since he wasn’t a White Racial Loyalist, nor a non white Fascist, who cares!! 99% of the white race needs to die anyway, so, what does it matter!?!?

    I mean, really, who gives a fuck!?! Hell, I cheer when a white cop is murdered by blacks, and I even wrote an article saying that PA should release Mollett!! Just because you were born white doen’t mean shit, unless you think like an Aryan!!

    But hell, all of North America is lost anyway… So, why care, one way or the other?!?!

    Peace-out, my JEWIES
    lol