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Nativist Rally Canceled Over White Nationalist Speaker

By David Holthouse on May 27, 2009 - 1:28 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

A major nativist rally scheduled for this Saturday in Shenandoah, Pa., the coal town where an all-white jury recently acquitted two high school football players in the July 2008 beating death of a Mexican immigrant, has been canceled. The move came after some of the groups involved learned that rally organizer Joe Miller had invited a well-known Pennsylvania white nationalist to speak.

The scheduled speaker, John DeNugent, is a frequent contributor to virulently anti-Semitic and racist online forums and writes regularly for The Barnes Review, a Holocaust denial journal.

“I guess they were concerned about his political views, and him being — I’m not really sure of what group he’s even affiliated with — and being a white supremacist, or whatever they called him,” Miller told The Republican & Herald.

Miller’s fellow activists had good cause for concern. DeNugent has posted more than 1,000 messages to the racist online forum Stormfront in recent years. However, he was banned from that forum earlier this year after he apparently threatened Stormfront moderator Don Black following Black’s request that DeNugent tone down the implied threats of violence in his posts.

DeNugent was enraged by the arrest of Henrik Hollapa, a young, Finnish neo-Nazi who fled to the U.S. last year after he was charged with inciting violence against Finnish citizens of Somali descent. Hollapa was living with DeNugent in a rural Pennsylvania home when he was taken into custody by federal agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“I thank the Jews for making me more determined that ever to bring them all to conclusive world justice that all psychopaths merit,” DeNugent posted to Stormfront after Hollapa’s arrest. “I will transmute this rage I felt at my very core into a newer and icier resolve.”

“John, you’ve really lost it,” Black wrote in a post announcing that DeNugent was banned. “Back in the early 90s when you were just ‘John Nugent’ and came to our house to visit when you were selling a trust package for [leading anti-Semite] Willis Carto to the lady across the street, you told me you’d found a psychiatrist who was politically supportive who’d helped you. You need to leave here and find him.”

Miller said he plans to reschedule the planned May 30 Shenandoah rally for a date in the near future that will give him enough time to carefully examine the backgrounds of invited speakers, who include representatives of United Patriots of America, a nativist extremist group, and You Don’t Speak For Me!, a “Latino” front group for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

  • Rollie Kenmore

    Who is John DeNugent?

    Is he gay?

    What is his ethnicity?

  • bob cooper

    i love when WP’s break the very laws they push for and violate the rules they live by, and still think they know it all. perhaps its time to discuss the meth problem in america and its connection to neo nazism? oh wait, hitler loved meth didn’t he? i guess then you can’t charge them with double standards there.

  • Juan Rangel

    Let me get this straight.
    In Shenandoah Pennsylvania where an all white jury acquitted some teenagers over the death of a Mexican man, there is a nativist group that was planning a rally of some kind. What kind of rally they were planning to have, only one could guess.

    I guess, they were not planning to have a rally to sing kumbaya and feel proud about the jury’s acquittal.

    So it makes me wonder, that if the rally organizer had invited a well known white supremacist speaker. He was setting up the agenda for the rally, which in this case was going to be about white supremacy–what else would a white supremacist talk about, if not what he rants about.

    So I don’t buy the argument that Miller’s fellow activists all of a sudden developed a civic concience and don’t want to be associated with hate mongers.

    In a group that prides itself for it’s nativism, one can only assume that this group would’ve welcomed the white supremacist if the race relations were not as tense as they are now. Now they have to walk on eggshells because they know they are being watched very closely by the rest of the nation and those that feel there was a cover up on that jury’s acquittal.

  • Edie Tucker

    This entire country is a seething cauldron of every sort of hatred, bigotry and malice of every kind; I was a kid when JFK was murdered, live on TV.
    The rest of us must cling to our beliefs and have the courage to be out spoke; we cannot allow the cowards that be to claim the public stage without answering these these Grendels!
    It’s hard to do, since we are not vulgar and loud, we not being the spewing kind; however, each of us must do what we can to counteract their filth.
    RIP Dr. Tiller and thank you, for your service to humanity.

  • William Gheen

    Hey wait, I thought the SPLC said all these illegal immigration fighting groups were in cahoots with the White Nationalists secretly and using their code words etc… Doesn’t this cancellation in PA directly contradict all of the assertions of the SPLC against many of these groups?

  • Shadow Wolf

    I doubt he’ll find someone clean w/ no hint of white supremacist association. Since 99% of the natavists involved have some sort of white supremacist connections, not to forget that they may also harbour some level of WN idealogy, or rhetorics generally related to neo-Nazism. To avoid such a public backlash, heretofore being labeled such a hategroup comprising of “whites only” gathering. They will either need a non-bribed Jew or a nonwhite speaker at the rally. Actually a well known nonwhite or Jew figure well respected by the community they served, whose background is clean, whose works were consistent to equal opportunity beliefs. And that his work must be contradictory to white nationalistic related agendas. That way it will truly show what this group is all about. Hence, being falsely callled a “hategroup”, if they can prove otherwise.
    Folks at “You Don’t Speak For Me!” doesn’t count, for they are very similiar to the “La Raza” for the white supremacists. They harbour the same hatred fed to them by their masters from the far right. The same as a “La Raza”. “You Don’t Speak For Me!” is a traitorous self-hating, pride lacking, anti-Hispanic Hispanic, a nonwhite-white supremacist group. Like the “La Raza”, they(YDSFM!) too need to be denounced!