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Racist Skins Renounce Busted IKA Leader

By Sonia Scherr on May 24, 2010 - 3:52 pm, Posted in Klan, Racist Skinheads

Poor Ron Edwards. Even racist skinheads don’t want to hang out with the former Klan leader.

Edwards — the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) founder who defended himself against a successful lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center — was arrested last week on federal drug charges, including methamphetamine distribution.

That was too much for the Supreme White Alliance (SWA), a skinhead group that had been assisting the IKA with its annual hate rock gathering, Nordic Fest. Less than a week before this year’s Nordic Fest — planned for Memorial Day weekend at Edwards’ compound in Dawson Springs, Ky. — the SWA announced it would no longer be involved with the event. “The Supreme White Alliance drops it’s [sic] support of the Imperial Klans of America, Ron Edwards, and Nordic Fest due to current events,” SWA Vice President Richard Kidd, a former IKA member, wrote on Sunday. “Even though innocent until proven guilty, in order to preserve our reputation as a club for our members, the SWA has always been a drug free club and always will be. This is not intended to disrespect Ron Edwards or the IKA, but we will not be affiliated with them until all legal charges have been dropped.” 

The SWA, which previously considered its leader to be Edwards’ son, Steven, wasn’t the only group to distance itself from Nordic Fest. Blood and Honour USA, a coalition of several skinhead groups, posted a similar message Saturday on a web forum: “After discussions among the various crew heads in the US that make up Blood and Honour USA, we have collectively decided that at this time, given the amount of evidence — not only that which led to his being charged — but also that of individuals that have witnessed behaviours of this type — that Blood and Honour USA is pulling any and all support from the Nordicfest music festival and also any and all support of the IKA.”

Blood and Honour had stern words for Edwards, who was released Friday on a $25,000 bond. “Drugs, drug users, and those that market them cannot and will not be tolerated – regardless of who the persons are that are involved. Indeed it is even worse when someone that has held themselves up as a standard of white nationalism becomes caught up in this ****** nonsense.”

In addition, Nordic Fest participants won’t be able to advertise on Stormfront, the leading white supremacist web forum. Richard Lindstrom, a Stormfront administrator and former board member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, announced the ban on Saturday.

Ron Edwards has other legal woes: In 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center won a $2.5 million judgment for a teenager who was beaten by IKA members. Edwards, one of two defendants in that lawsuit, is appealing the verdict.

In a message on its website today, the SWA sounded a more empathetic note. “Drugs are a weakness that we as Aryan Warriors must overcome,” wrote National Treasurer James Reeves. “The effects of Meth, speed, cocaine, marijuana, etc. have taken a toll on our country and our people that if not stopped now, may not be stoppable in the future. It is tearing families apart at the seams. If anyone does have a problem, seek proffesional [sic] help or help from one of us. We are a family and we are here to help each other.”

  • Richard Kidd

    To “Vickie Simpkins”
    So, you have the nerve to talk about how stupid that you think skinheads are, but you clearly lack knowledge of the finer points of the English language…
    1. There is a difference between “to,” “too,” and “two.”
    2. There is a difference between “their,” “there,” and “they’re.”
    I suggest that you get an education, specifically brushing up on your skills in English, before you try and badmouth people that you don’t know.

    Now let me ask you a question: is it wrong for you to want your family to be safe? For you to want your children to be able to walk down the street without being robbed, raped, or murdered? I have never even considered using any type of drug, including marijuana.

  • Herbert E. Larson

    I must agree with Heather and Pat living in the home of the rock’n’roll hall of infamy the birthplace of punk in America, Rocket From The Tombs and more. Judging anyone by their appearance before speaking with them is not too bright. Every generation has their own way of rebellion hair, clothes or piercings whatever it is just talk with them before you judge. I also so take affront at the name Nordic Fest being of pure Scandinavian heritage there is nothing Nordic about being terminally stupid, it should be called the Jackass Fest.

  • Pat

    I’ve got to back up Heather and counter Allen. I shave my head once a week and I have tattoos. No one in Philly gives me a second look but if I go to the suburbs I will be presumed a racist skinhead. I do not want a pity party. I just want to shed light on the fact that not every white who shaves his or her head has separatist/racist ideas. Every girl or woman I’ve dated is African American and a dear friends of mine are Korean, Puerto Rican, and gay.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Do you want to know how the rest of the movement will brush this whole ordeal off? Simple: They’ll say- “They’re acting black.” Yup, when a WN leader rips people off via fraud, he’s just “acting Jewish.” They literally cannot associate “white” with bad.

  • Vickie simpkins

    Again this is what the white power movement is all about. They are nothing but a bunch of criminals and racists. The things they talk against they are doing themselves. There nothing but a bunch of wanna be losers. Go get a education and give something back to the community. I frankly think there to stupid to go to school. All they can do is try and intimidate decent people. Well nobody is scared!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Allen

    Wow! You mean skinheads have standards? LOL!

  • Heather Fails

    Thank you for at least putting the word “racist” in front of skins. There is a difference, most non/anti-racist (real) skins don’t consider racists skinheads anyway. They’re boneheads.

    Heather Fails

    S.H.A.R.P. Houston, Texas

  • daemonesslisa

    There to help each other. Until someone gets arrested.

    Another fine example of ‘Proud Aryan Unity’, huh?

  • skinnyminny

    I am wondering what difference does it make to be barred from stormfront, and to say their activities don’t mesh with what they are about. Someone posted somewhere that Fox News owned by News Corporation’s majority stakeholder is none other than Saudi Prince bin Talal. bin Talal’s stake is second to Mr. Murdoch. Furthermore, it is alleged that the Taliban is being paid to kill NATO soldiers and the money comes from from protection rackets, taxes from opium farmers, and money from the Gulf States funneled through Dubai.

    In essence, invest on the one hand, and then kill on the other. Yes, people have a right to invest in just about whatever they want, but if was the other way around, the GOP would be yelling that we support terrorism, or ‘pal-ing’ around with terrorists. (spelled pal-ing this way intentionally to stress the word pal).

    So, let’s see what happens! Will these groups continue to be strong supporters and viewers of FOX News? Is this patriotism, or un-American?