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Racist Novel Glorifying Assassination of SPLC Staffer Endorsed by Profs

By Alexander Zaitchik on October 22, 2010 - 1:53 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

It should surprise no one that former hate group leader Kyle Bristow has self-published a white nationalist novel that features the graphic assassination of a character based on a prominent Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) figure. After all, Bristow has an ax to grind with the SPLC and first attained notoriety for promoting a video game centered on killing Mexicans.

What is somewhat surprising are some of the names that appear among the dozen gushing blurbs praising the violently racist novel, White Apocalypse.

Among those who have endorsed Bristow’s novel is Kevin MacDonald, professor of psychology at California State University at Long Beach. McDonald calls Bristow’s book “an emotionally compelling account of Whites as historical victims of non-Whites — just the sort of thing we need to motivate a renaissance among our people.”

Despite his high-sounding position, MacDonald is a raging anti-Semite who contends that Jews are driven by a genetically programmed evolutionary strategy to undermine Western civilization. MacDonald, whose writings on Jews have been condemned by his academic colleagues, recently joined an explicitly white supremacist group, the American Third Position, which was started by a man who has called for the deportation of all Americans with any “ascertainable trace of Negro blood.”

Another fan of Bristow’s novel is self-described white “separatist” Virginia Abernethy, a professor emerita at Vanderbilt University medical school. Abernethy calls White Apocalypse a “well-researched page-turner” and hopes it is the first of many. “One looks forward to much more from this author,” she writes.

Craig Bodeker, producer of the film “A Conversation About Race,” also weighs in with a prominent endorsement. Bodeker, who claims he is no racist (despite posting Internet comments describing black people as “EVIL monkeys”), calls Bristow’s book “the jolt Whites need to awaken from our suicidal slumber!”

Let’s hope no one takes Bristow’s book seriously, let alone being “awakened” by it.  Its plot revolves around a series of violent revenge fantasies against Jewish professors, Latino and Native American activists, and the SPLC.

One of the main story lines of White Apocalypse involves one man’s crusade against the “evil, anti-Western” activities of an Atlanta-based organization called the “Center for Diversity and Multiculturalism.” The organization, with its “hate group list” and large legal staff, is clearly modeled on the Montgomery-based SPLC. The book also includes characters whose roles match that of two SPLC senior staffers: Mark Potok, the director of SPLC’s Intelligence Project and editor of its Intelligence Report and this blog, and Heidi Beirich, the SPLC’s director of research (Beirich’s name is rendered as “Beirman” in Bristow’s book).

On page 195, the Potok character — who Bristow describes as an “oily, curly haired troll” and Center spokesman named David Greenberg — has just finished delivering testimony in a federal courthouse. As Greenberg stands outside the building, the novel’s hero, a one-man militia named Jack Schoenherr (which translates from the German, roughly, as “Mr. Handsome”), fires a bullet from his AR-15 from the roof of a nearby parking garage. Bristow describes the event as follows:

The supersonic projectile hit the leftist agitator one inch below the eye, and the bullet exited the back of his head nanoseconds later. …  Brain, blood, and skull fragments burst forth from what was once Greenberg’s head, and the leftist was blown off both of his feet. Greenberg died instantly, and his last words were “We must destroy the plague that is Western culture.” Ironically, Western culture got him first. From Valhalla [a celebration hall in Scandinavian mythology], Thor, the archenemy of trolls, smiled at the accomplishment of the epitome of Western Man.

When asked to comment on what is obviously a murder fantasy concerning the SPLC’s Potok, Bristow replied in an E-mail that began “Dear Guttersnipe” that any parallels were purely coincidental.

“I do not ‘fantasize’ about anyone’s death,” said Bristow. “I do, however, fantasize quite often of taking the country over and implementing a real right-wing agenda that would make [archconservative MSNBC commentator] Pat Buchanan and the late Sam Francis [the chief editor of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens] proud.  What I mean by this is the most offensive thing possible, and what this is I will leave to your imagination.”

Precious little imagination is required.

With its anti-Semitism and racist venom, White Apocalypse is the latest entry into a long tradition of American hate-fiction animated by the hatreds and frustrations that fester in far-right circles. The most famous of the genre in recent times, of course, is the late neo-Nazi William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries, a race-war fantasy novel that inspired the Oklahoma City bombing and the murderous acts of the domestic terrorist group, the Order, in the mid-1980s.

Bristow’s book makes clear that his current heroes include, not just marginal far-right figures, but conservative commentators employed by major cable news and radio networks. Early in the novel, Bristow quotes “Dr. Michael Savage” approvingly, an obvious reference to hate-radio jock Michael Savage. The book’s militia tough-guy hero offers a reading list that includes Pat Buchanan’s The Suicide of the West. Nor does it take long to figure out that the name of the Bristow book’s protagonist, Samuel Buchanan, is meant as homage to Pat Buchanan and Buchanan’s late friend, one-time Washington Times columnist, Samuel Francis.

Bristow, now a law student at the University of Toledo, forged most of his connections to the radical right as the 21-year-old campus director of the nationally recognized Michigan State University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. He gained notoriety (as well as SPLC’s hate group designation) for inviting well-known extremists to speak on campus, such as the leader of the whites-only British National Party, Nick Griffin, and for stunts like advocating a video game in which players earned points by shooting Mexican migrants at the border.

While representing YAF, Bristow earned notice from bookers and hosts at Fox News Channel. As Bristow still proudly boasts on his website, he once appeared on The O’Reilly Factor” and has been quoted on-air by Sean Hannity.

  • greyeyedgirl

    @ Cora Hanf

    I concur 100%! Just goes to show you that having a black president NEVER placed us in a ‘post racial’ society. The tragic fact that we have UNIVERSITIES; prominent universities that OPENLY ALLOW such specimen with such extremely nefarious views to teach at their their classrooms; sends a powerful message to our students, children who are our future; are TRULY being subjected to. I can’t mentally ascertain anything more repugnant.

  • Mitch Beales

    So Rene did the Soviets steal the Kalashnikov from the west? I thought we were blaming the commies for that one.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Jews aren’t a race.”

    Yes, but the Nazis declared them as thus and attempted to exterminate them. Do you need to be told this explicitly?

    “Nor are Ukrainians (Hlodomor), and numerous other ethnics of Eastern Europe.”

    There is no such thing as the “Holodomor” For about 20 years now the Soviet archives have been open, including agricultural data from the whole of the collectivization period. Not a scrap of paper has been found to even hint that there was some kind of a plan to starve Ukrainians, or anyone else for that matter. What did occur was a bad harvest in many regions(including far outside Ukraine to include parts of the Moscow region).

    “Any and all who opposed Communism were killed in the millions and Jews are included in that number, who dared to oppose the Bolshevik ‘Capitalist financed’ thugs and mas-murderes.”

    Incorrect. First of all, millions who opposed capitalist regimes were murdered prior to any successful socialist revolution. Why expect the socialists to resort to different tactics knowing the history of the workers’ struggle, and having been invaded by 14 countries including several world powers from 1917?

    Also the Bolsheviks, aside from the money and assistance given to Lenin to return from exile, were not “capitalist” funded. This tactic was used by the Kaiser in hopes of knocking Russia out of the war. Otherwise this idiotic claim is based on the fact that most people aren’t aware that two revolutions occurred in Russia in 1917, one bringing a provisional government to power in the Spring. It was this government which was funded by some capitalists.

    “I make NO excuses for wars committed by ‘Capitalists’ by which in which financiers are the most powerful and dominant troupe of racketeers.”

    Yes, you are making excuses because you treat Communist “crimes” with a totally different standard. And by the way, “financiers”(I see what you’re doing here) are not always the most powerful capitalists, if you understand how capitalism works. Moreover finance and capitalism go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other.

    “Such as these financed your Bolshevik regimes, Nazis, Fascists and much more. Your communists are just the other lying murderous face of finance Capitalism.”

    Wars started by Bolsheviks? You mean wars of national liberation to destroy colonial regimes or exploitive neo-colonial states? Wars to overthrow a corrupt ruling class? These constitute the majority of wars “started” by Communists. And please don’t refer to “finance capitalism” as though there are different types of capitalism

    “As usual you are the typical ideological robot claiming to know real history.”

    But I do know “real history” because I have put in the time to learn it. I have a book on my shelf, for one example, called Hunger in the USSR, filled with scanned documents from the formerly secret archives on the famine perhaps if you read…oh wait, that’s right, you don’t speak Russian. Sorry.

    “No one with an ideological bent could possibly get past their brainwashing to dscern the clearest truth about their opiate.”

    Brainwashing? Perhaps you can tell me who “brainwashed” me.

    “Many of us who live in the non-communist west or not yet a full blown ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ ( barf) know who financed Bolshevism and Communism throughout it’s history.”

    Yup, I know the old Bircher conspiracy theory, and it’s flat out wrong.

    ” Much of it’s technology was given and/or stolen from the USA in particular so that the USSR was practically built by the USA.”

    Incorrect, based on conspiracy theories. The USSR engaged in trade with capitalist nations for decades. They purchased what they needed in the 1930s and often paid above-market prices for it. If you have a problem with capitalists working with eeeevil Communists, then that just shows you how unprincipled the “captains of industry” are.

    ” Otherwise, it would have remained a Gulag economy ruled by misfit thugs.”

    Incorrect, the USSR achieved industrialization in record time, at far less bloodshed than the UK or US. And they did it in the middle of a depression. These are undeniable facts, sorry.

    ” It wasn’t like the people had a choice about wether they accepted communism….it was that or the Gulag and certain death. Yet, you go on making excuses for it using tu toque arguments.”

    Millions of people fought FOR Communism, more than fought against it at the time. Do they get to have an opinion?

    “One thing I may be certain of Ruslan is that you will never get outside your little mind-box to see the bigger picture.”

    I take it “bigger picture” means the narrative that doesn’t include inconvenient facts and historical context, the big black and white picture painted by liberal apologists and conservative nutcases.

  • Rene

    Jews aren’t a race. Nor are Ukrainians (Hlodomor), and numerous other ethnics of Eastern Europe. Nor are Christians. Any and all who opposed Communism were killed in the millions and Jews are included in that number, who dared to oppose the Bolshevik ‘Capitalist financed’ thugs and mas-murderes.

    I make NO excuses for wars committed by ‘Capitalists’ by which in which financiers are the most powerful and dominant troupe of racketeers.Such as these financed your Bolshevik regimes, Nazis, Fascists and much more. Your communists are just the other lying murderous face of finance Capitalism.

    As usual you are the typical ideological robot claiming to know real history. No one with an ideological bent could possibly get past their brainwashing to dscern the clearest truth about their opiate. You have proven that over and over again as you are incapable of see with your rose-colored glasses.

    Many of us who live in the non-communist west or not yet a full blown ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ ( barf) know who financed Bolshevism and Communism throughout it’s history. Much of it’s technology was given and/or stolen from the USA in particular so that the USSR was practically built by the USA. Otherwise, it would have remained a Gulag economy ruled by misfit thugs. It wasn’t like the people had a choice about wether they accepted communism….it was that or the Gulag and certain death. Yet, you go on making excuses for it using tu toque arguments.

    One thing I may be certain of Ruslan is that you will never get outside your little mind-box to see the bigger picture.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “You didn’t explain ar correct yourself Ruslan. be misleading or was that a mistake?”

    Gee I’m terribly sorry, I didn’t realize you were too dense to figure out that I was comparing the Nazis’ policy of extermination against Jews to the Bolshevik party, which did not attempt to exterminate races of people.

    “As for the rest of your speil..you choose to believe and propogate your desusions of what actually happened under either.”

    Delusions…yes, the memories of millions, if not tens of millions of people, are but “delusions” if they should explain that they lived a more or less normal and happy life under socialism.

    “Your positions is ALWAYS to explicate Communism from it’s Crimes against Humanity.”

    Whatever bloodshed occurred in the name of Communism, is dwarfed by the bodycount of world capitalism- which continues to this day.

    ” In either case, it is a waste of time to take you seriously on anything you claim. You wouldn’t recognise the truth if it hit you in the face with a sledgehammer.”

    Ok I’m going to be very blunt. I know more about Communism and the USSR than you, and whatever I don’t know I could far more easily access than you ever could. The burden of proof is on the Black Book authors to prove their astronomical claims, and thus far they have not been able to. After real numbers have been ascertained, they will be required to explain why these deaths take on a “criminal” significance under socialist regimes but not under capitalist regimes, including those existing today.

    You talking about “truth” is laughable because you cannot discern truth from fact on this topic.

  • Rene

    You didn’t explain ar correct yourself Ruslan. You said right off the top:”I might add that your anonymous Jewish professor forgot one important difference between Nazism and Communism- were they truly the same, she would have been shot by the Bolsheviks simply for being Jewish”

    Notice it says the difference was that SHE (the Jewish Professor) WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT BY THE BOLSHEVIKS for simply being JEWISH. Are you trying to be misleading or was that a mistake?

    As for the rest of your speil..you choose to believe and propogate your desusions of what actually happened under either. Your positions is ALWAYS to explicate Communism from it’s Crimes against Humanity. I’m not here to do the same for Nazism. Clearly you are the embodiment of a deluded ideologue or a professional propogandist. In either case, it is a waste of time to take you seriously on anything you claim. You wouldn’t recognise the truth if it hit you in the face with a sledgehammer.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Really lowering the bar here Rene.

    ” You sure you didn’t mean the Nazis would have shot her? If you meant ‘Bosheviks’ or Communists, I guess that pretty much sums up the wonder of Communism. However, why were Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg and many others like him still alive then? You Bolshevik/Communists must have been lousy shots, blind or mystified by some leading Jewish players in Bolshevik/Communism.”

    Do I actually need to explain to you that Nazis had a policy of extermination for Jews, whereas Communists did not?

    “Oh…I guess you mean the Nazis would have kept them alive for awhile until they could gas them instead of ’shooting’ them. I guess that is quite a difference.”

    Nazis DID keep Jews alive for some time before gassing or shooting them. Many others starved to death after being packed into incredibly small ghettoes. What is your point here?

    “My anonymous Professor is not made up. As she said, for the people living under either regime, the insufferable effects were the same for EVERYONE.”

    Well your anonymous phantom professor is flat out wrong.

    “I have of course met many escapees from Communism since that time 30 yrs. ago, of all ethnies (Jews also), who know what Communism means, because they lived under it. None had anything good to say about it.”

    Yes yes, every time I get in one of these debates the individual suddenly informs me that they met many defectors, and so on. Well I have met a lot of people who lived under Communism as well. That’s what happens when you live in RUSSIA. Did it ever occur to you that people who escaped from the USSR were those that didn’t like it, and perhaps the tens of millions who stayed, never dreaming of leaving, who must live in the nightmare of the FSU today- might have a worthy opinion as well?

  • Rene

    Ruslan Amirkhanov said,

    “I might add that your anonymous Jewish professor forgot one important difference between Nazism and Communism- were they truly the same, she would have been shot by the Bolsheviks simply for being Jewish. In fact no such thing ever happened”.

    ??? You sure you didn’t mean the Nazis would have shot her? If you meant ‘Bosheviks’ or Communists, I guess that pretty much sums up the wonder of Communism. However, why were Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg and many others like him still alive then? You Bolshevik/Communists must have been lousy shots, blind or mystified by some leading Jewish players in Bolshevik/Communism.

    Oh…I guess you mean the Nazis would have kept them alive for awhile until they could gas them instead of ‘shooting’ them. I guess that is quite a difference. Stupid Nazis could learn a thing or two from Commies eh?

    My anonymous Professor is not made up. As she said, for the people living under either regime, the insufferable effects were the same for EVERYONE. I have of course met many escapees from Communism since that time 30 yrs. ago, of all ethnies (Jews also), who know what Communism means, because they lived under it. None had anything good to say about it.

  • Frank

    I love how white supremacists love to bandy on about how they are much more ‘intelligent’, ‘superior’, and ‘Aryan’ (which doesn’t exist) than everyone else but can’t write a decent book for the life of them, or make decent music (don’t get me started on that RAC crap lol). Just look at Pierce’s nonsense that has so influenced the modern white power movement. The Turner Diaries and Hunter were absolutely terrible tripe, and I’m not saying that because of the subject matter, either. They are simply unreadable and juvenile in their style. From the excerpt you’ve posted, it seems to true for this ‘book’, as well. And those professors have no business teaching anyone if that’s an example of ‘great literature’ to them. So embarrassing. I pity them.
    But what do you expect from a movement that is anti-intellectual and irrational as a rule? These people are embarrassments to the human race. Thankfully, they are too stupid and disorganized to ever reach any of their goals. The faunniest thing above all is that the pitiful lackeys in the movement can’t see that they are all tools of the very system they claim to hate. The CIA and the FBI thanks all of you brain dead bigots for playing your role to perfection!
    Oh, and as an aside:
    Germany’s military strength during WWII is no evidence of any supposed ‘racial superiority’. It’s easy to have a strong military when you’re being funded by rich bankers, corporations and secret societies and making use of certain arcane knowledges to hypnotize the unwitting populace. The Nazis were just puppets. Horrific ones, no doubt, but puppets nonetheless. So, Lee, I strongly suggest you go learn some REAL history.
    Also:
    Geo, hate towards wide swaths of humanity is NOT innate. We are not born hateful. Hateful ideologies are learned. Is hate a natural emotion? Of course it is. But when you hate whole groups of people whom you never met and who have done nothing to you, you are falling into irrationality and taking a leave from reality.
    Someone teaches you to distrust/dislike/hate different groups of people, or you fall into that because of an experience you’ve had with certain individuals of a group and then you generalize outward from there.
    I know how it works. I used to be into National Socialism. Most hatred is externalized self-hatred. I suggest doing some inner healing and learning to love yourself first. When you love yourself, it radiates outward and there’s no room for such destructive modes of thinking and feeling.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I might add that your anonymous Jewish professor forgot one important difference between Nazism and Communism- were they truly the same, she would have been shot by the Bolsheviks simply for being Jewish. In fact no such thing ever happened.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “A female Jewish Professor I met several decades ago had the misfortune to have lived under both systems before finally making their escape. She declared emphatically that as those two systems (Nazism & Communism) operate and the impact it had on the people who were forced to live under them was the same.”

    Oh GOOD LORD!! Your unnamed Jewish professor’s personal experience totally defines the 70+ years of socialism in the USSR!!! The tens of millions of people who led normal, happy, lives shouldn’t count. Moreover, your personal revulsion towards a system you don’t even understand totally proves that working people hate Communism. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

    Fact remains: Spengler was a right-wing crank, the Black Book of Communism is utterly worthless.

  • Rene

    Ruslan…I am going to end this dialogue by referencing the opinion of someone who experienced both Nazism and Communism, rather than a naive idealist. A female Jewish Professor I met several decades ago had the misfortune to have lived under both systems before finally making their escape. She declared emphatically that as those two systems (Nazism & Communism) operate and the impact it had on the people who were forced to live under them was the same.

    I can understand what she means, because as a student of history and ideologies there is no mistaking the both systems (among others) are totalitarian sytems of control…of nasty top-down big-gov’t (with or without the partnership of of Big Finance and Big Bus.).

    As for your apologetics on behalf of communism, the denial of it’s terrible crimes, the love of the various ethnics and ‘workers’ for communism…that is one big laughable crock of cow dung. As a worker all my life myself, I am only filled with disgust for the ‘socialist’ ideologies, about as worthy to me as toilet paper about to be flushed. However, I understand the key functional subversive principles behind the flawed ideologies and political structures of the past and continuing to this day. Oswald Spengler’s statement still stands as a truism.