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Arkansas House Speaker Salutes Failed Racist Candidate Billy Roper

By Leah Nelson on November 23, 2010 - 10:14 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Outspoken white racist Billy Roper, the neo-Nazi founder of White Revolution and former deputy outreach coordinator at the now-defunct National Alliance (NA), failed miserably Nov. 2 as a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas. But he did get a nice consolation prize: a letter from the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Robbie Wills, congratulating him on his efforts and wishing him better luck next time.

“It takes a special person to put their name on the ballot, and it says a lot about you that you had so many willing to help you with your campaign,” Wills’ letter reads. “You should be very proud of your campaign and you have my admiration and respect for making the effort. … I hope you will consider running for office again in the future.”

The rest is equally platitudinous and generic, and closes, “Thank you again for all you’ve done, and will continue to do, for our great State.”

Roper posted the letter on the front page of his White Revolution website under the header, “An honorable professional courtesy.”

Wills wasn’t terribly eager to address the matter when Hatewatch brought it to the attention of his office. Two E-mails to his office went unanswered. When Hatewatch telephoned, Wills’ spokeswoman Kaye Donham said the speaker would not be issuing a statement regarding his letter of encouragement to an avowed white supremacist or the fact of its posting on the candidate’s racist website. Donham said Wills “didn’t support Mr. Roper and he didn’t know anything about him. It’s just a courtesy letter. He sent a letter to all the losing candidates and a different letter to all the winning candidates.”

Wills may have been blithely unaware of Roper’s malodorous reputation, but state and national media, as well as Roper’s opponents, were well informed of it. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reprinted a portion of White Revolution’s mission statement, which builds on David Lane’s infamous “14 words” credo of white separatism: “We seek to secure the existence of our people and a future for our children by creating the opportunity for the establishment of a government which has only the interests of our group [white people] in mind,” in an Aug. 21 article about candidates’ positions on immigration. In a widely publicized letter written to members of White Revolution on Sept. 11, 2001, Roper wrote, “The enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends. …[A]nyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill jews [sic] is alright [sic] by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude.”

MSNBC talk-show host Keith Olbermann designated Roper the “Worst Person in the World” in his July 16 nightly countdown. Jim Keet, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, refused to share the stage with Roper during an Oct. 12 debate. “While I value the First Amendment,” he wrote in a statement to the media, “I will not help provide a political platform for a white supremacist.” (Roper ultimately skipped the debate and Keet participated.)

Roper has been listed as a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens and once was one of National Alliance’s most visible faces. He was kicked out of NA shortly after the death of founder William Pierce in 2002 and immediately established White Revolution, which was intended to unite neo-Nazi and racist groups under a single umbrella and be “the most radical legal pro-White organization involved in public activism.”

Roper’s decision to run for governor doesn’t quite jibe with his beliefs about democracy. “In WR [White Revolution], we don’t believe that the serious threats against the very survival of our race can be solved at the ballot box. … That would be nice if it were possible, but it’s highly unlikely to be that easy,” he told Blood and Honour Radio in 2005. Instead, a “genuine revolution may be necessary, in the literal sense, if our grandchildren’s grandchildren aren’t all going to end up being niggers.”

Perhaps his decision to have a go at the governor’s mansion was based on his own jubilant prediction, just after President Obama’s election, that “[W]e are on the crest of [the storm’s] wave. People will be coming forward, shaking the cobwebs from their numbed minds, and they will need us to lead them.”

It turns out Roper was being a tad optimistic about his desirability as a political leader. Of the 781,381 votes cast for governor, Roper received a grand total of 49 (0.0063 percent). That trailed the 66 votes received by Elvis D. Presley – full name Joey Elvis Dane Presley, a car body repair specialist whose entire platform consisted of two sentences on a sheet of notebook paper.

Editor’s note: the above paragraph was corrected to reflect the fact the Mr. Presley was a real candidate. Thank you to those commenters who noted our error.

  • La Piovra

    It is clear that Hatewatch not only does not hate human beings, it even tolerates trolls.

  • Frank

    “You quoted the 14 Words wrong.
    If you’re going to drag an ideology through the mud, at least research it a little first, wont ya?”

    Maybe you should go back and read. They weren’t quoting the 14 words:

    “The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reprinted a portion of White Revolution’s mission statement, which builds on David Lane’s infamous “14 words” credo of white separatism: “We seek to secure the existence of our people and a future for our children by creating the opportunity for the establishment of a government which has only the interests of our group [white people] in mind,” in an Aug. 21 article about candidates’ positions on immigration.”

    They were quoting a newspaper which, in turn, was quoting part of White Revolution’s mission statement.

    So if you want to get mad, get mad at Roper’s crew for ‘screwing’ up that slogan.

    Tsk tsk. A little comprehension goes a long way!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    You know Ma, when David Lane wrote the 14 words he was actually stealing from Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

  • MAfreedom

    You quoted the 14 Words wrong.
    If you’re going to drag an ideology through the mud, at least research it a little first, wont ya?

    Oh- by the way… Did this headline get your organization the publicity that it so desperately needs? Much like the NAACP, you people are beginning to be seen as more and more “obsolete”.

    Heres some advise: when White Supremacists don’t grab the headlines (and accompanying donations)…you could always bring up the Holocaust again, that always gets press.

    Enjoy your decent into ineffectiveness SPLC, I cant say you’ll be missed.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “You are a regular poster at a blog ironically dubbed “Hatewatch”. After Mr. Wise’s by now infamous little screed, words he does not have the courage to stand behind, though for those of us with eyes to see there can be little doubt those are his sincere sentiments.”

    Amalek, I’m going to need you to try to concentrate REAAAAAAAAAL hard here as I lay out some concepts that you may find incredibly difficult to comprehend:

    1. I am a commenter, not a poster at this blog. I read this blog because it is a great source of hilarious movement drama. I comment because it attracts people like you, and in the process much hilarity is generated. Your latest comment is an example.

    2. By “Mr. Wise” I can only assume you are referring to Tim Wise, who is not affiliated with the SPLC in any form. I assume you are referring to Wise’s now-infamous “letter to the white right”(or something to that effect), which you most likely didn’t read. Wise made it clear his article was geared toward white conservatives, not “white people” in general. Wise considers himself to be “white”. Of course you don’t, but nobody cares what you think. People you consider “white” today were considered sub-human scum just 50-60 years ago in some cases.

    “Ruslan, you are, I do not doubt, an unregenerate Stalinist.”

    There’s no such thing as “Stalinism”, this term was invented by Trotskyites. Wait a second, you’re not a TROTSKYITE, are you?

    “I mean that quite literally, and not in the mode of the cheap hyperbolic smear so often used against those on the left by those on the right – a counterpoint to your preferred label of “nazi”. It is clear to me that this is the result of a toxic brew of sublimated self-loathing and misanthropy, messianic longing, and Slavic ethnic grievance.”

    You excel at using an abundance of words to say essentially nothing. I want you to e-mail the online university where you got your psychology degree, and demand your money back, in the name of justice. After all, it’s not like you can get any compensation from your compulsory school English teachers.

    “As for Roper, I am not him and his opinions are not mine, and as such have not vested interest in defending him. ”

    And I am not Tim Wise or Josef Stalin. You have a vested interest in defending Roper because you are a WN.

    “You, on the other hand, do manifestly having an overriding psychological need to assume that.”

    Again, fail. You are most likely the same Amalek who posts on VNN and other WN forums. You didn’t think I’d notice that? You don’t think your “us vs. you” style of writing doesn’t bear out your political beliefs.

    ” How can one wish their own people to live and not die and also not be a genocidalist? For you it makes no sense.”

    No this sentence doesn’t make sense because it is ridiculous. “White people” are not dying out. Moreover, people are not “your people” just because they have blonde hair or blue eyes. Do you consider Tatars “your people”? Tajiks? Pashtuns? No, of course you don’t, just like English people didn’t consider Irish or Russians to be “their people” and in England today- they still don’t.

    I am also, by all standards, “white” like you. However, you are not “my people”. You are a pseudo-intellectual totally unaware of his own ignorance, and that is what separates us. Clear case of Dunning-Kruger effect if I ever saw one.

    “Truly pitiable. And I suspect merely a projection of the darker impulses that lurk here at the, now that I think of it, aptly titled “Hatewatch”: it is their own hate that they watch.”

    Uh yeah…maybe you would be better suited to writing short stories based on H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos. Did you remember the part where your example of “hate” from this site relied on Tim Wise, who does not work for the SPLC, and whose article wasn’t about hating “white people”?

  • Amalek

    Ruslan,

    Those in glass houses are not entitled to throw stones, and make no mistake, that is where you reside. You are a regular poster at a blog ironically dubbed “Hatewatch”. After Mr. Wise’s by now infamous little screed, words he does not have the courage to stand behind, though for those of us with eyes to see there can be little doubt those are his sincere sentiments. He does well and truly hate White people. And you, Ruslan, you are, I do not doubt, an unregenerate Stalinist. I mean that quite literally, and not in the mode of the cheap hyperbolic smear so often used against those on the left by those on the right – a counterpoint to your preferred label of “nazi”. It is clear to me that this is the result of a toxic brew of sublimated self-loathing and misanthropy, messianic longing, and Slavic ethnic grievance.

    As for Roper, I am not him and his opinions are not mine, and as such have not vested interest in defending him. You, on the other hand, do manifestly having an overriding psychological need to assume that. How can one wish their own people to live and not die and also not be a genocidalist? For you it makes no sense. Truly pitiable. And I suspect merely a projection of the darker impulses that lurk here at the, now that I think of it, aptly titled “Hatewatch”: it is their own hate that they watch.

  • David E. Dinwiddie

    There were Three Write in Candidates for Governor, I am the Third one. I think it was nice of Speaker Wills to send “Thank you notes” to everyone. Nobody sends “Thank you notes”. That is why our kids are snotty brats.

    There were about 1,000 votes cast for 3 write-in candidates, but me, Elvis and Roper got less than 120 all together. I think something is fishy with their counting.

    Regards, David E. Dinwiddie, Pine Bluff
    2010 Write in candidate for Governor of Arkansas

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    BTW, in an infamous speech given in Arizona, Billy Roper stated that in an ideal world, all “non-whites” would be dead, and only whites would remain. So if you plan to defend that man please don’t pretend like you are crying crocodile tears for 15,000 Polish officers.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Regardless of whether Wills is a “nazi” Billy Roper certainly is and doesn’t deny it.

  • Amalek

    Ruslan,

    Do you honestly believe this blog is anything but an insidious attempt to leave in the reader’s mind the impression that Wills is a “Nazi”? You know, yellow journalism. Or Soviet style propaganda, if you like. Something I take it you are no stranger to. (No, no, it wasn’t the NKVD that shot all those Pollacks in the back of the head at Katyn, but the Krauts.) We are to believe unerringly what comes from your side, because, well, it is your side – you (rhetorically) arrogating to yourself all moral rectitude. And if we don’t like that, well, then we can abide our ruination at your hands.

    Pardon me while I laugh.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “You mean to tell us this is the Speaker Of The House representing Arkansas, sending letter out to his opposed candidates, and He doesn’t know whats in the letter?? This sounds much to formilure like The Obama administration and right off the bat needs to be looked into”

    Yes Tony, form letters were an invention of the Obama administration. Brilliant. And what the hell is a formilure? Aren’t you guys the one’s always demanding everyone speak English in America.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    So Steve…

    ” The typical jew response to all is if you don’t agree with me
    than you are a racist. I AM a racist. ”

    Are you saying that Billy Roper isn’t a racist?

    “Why not show us the true numbers? Revolution is the ONLY solution.”

    It’s going to be pretty hard for WR to have their little revolution with six people.

  • Elvis Fan

    Elvis D. Presley was a filed candidate for Governor. You need to get your facts straight.
    http://www.arktimes.com/Arkans.....line-today

  • Skywalker

    Unfortunately, a candidate named Elvis D. Presley did run for governor, meaning that Roper technically did not lose to a nobody. The Elvis votes would not have been counted if someone by that name had not registered as a write-in candidate.

    I say “unfortunately” because everything about this Elvis guy is unfortunate. But he’s a real person, not a hoax.
    http://www.progressivearkansas.....r-arkansas

  • Tony

    It’s would seem to me, and most all the readers with any common sense, that we have had generic crap shoved down our throats since desegregation,, in other words generic REPRESENTATIVES Johnny Blue Suits sending out messages to THE PEOPLE with their plastic greens lairs of the truth, that distorts the Constitution, and freedoms of the United States of America. You mean to tell us this is the Speaker Of The House representing Arkansas, sending letter out to his opposed candidates, and He doesn’t know whats in the letter?? This sounds much to formilure like The Obama administration and right off the bat needs to be looked into

  • Stephen Schaefer

    Billy Roper was and is the only honest person in Arkansas politics. If that letter from Wills was not genuine, it shows the typical false face of politics. The typical jew response to all is if you don’t agree with me than you are a racist. I AM a racist. That published vote tally is as crooked as the Obama government and Morris Dees. Why not show us the true numbers? Revolution is the ONLY solution.

  • Sam

    I agree with DrMJG. Roper is so full of himself that he actually took it seriously. I think the office of Wills should send him a letter telling him to take that letter down and that he should not be proud that he is a loser.

  • DrMJG

    If we take the speaker at his word and said it was a generic letter to all losing candidates, I am a LITTLE less annoyed by the letter. (Though I am still very much annoyed because the image it gives is not acceptable at any level.)

    What the speaker should, eventually, say is that he should have used a bit more caution before sending the letter out. Still, given the State in which he is the speaker, I will not hold my breath.