Neo-Nazi Internet gossip and budding real estate magnate Bill White has had a busy couple of months. Just recently out of prison after spending over two years for making various threats, White has already contributed several articles to the American Free Press, an anti-Semitic weekly founded by Holocaust denier Willis Carto.
And now, according to correspondence obtained by Hatewatch, he is wading back into the real estate business – apparently going back to his pre-prison routine of buying up cheap properties, renovating them, and renting them out for more.
Once the head of the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party, in December 2009 a federal jury found White guilty of threatening several people through intimidating phone calls and internet postings. He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison at an April 2010 hearing. In January 2011, White was found guilty in another case of posting personal information on his website about the jury foreman in the trial of another white supremacist. A federal judge threw out that conviction three months later on First Amendment grounds, and White was released April 20.
In mid-July, he posted an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a property manager and real estate manager in Roanoke, Va. Hatewatch has obtained a copy of the message White sent to those who responded:
“First, I am ‘the’ Bill White that people like to make noise about,” he wrote. “If this is a problem for you, let me know and I am not offended. Much if not most of what you have likely read about me is untrue, but I have no desire to engage in a discussion over it.” The rest of the email is a job description and information about the company. White says he represents a group of investors who, starting with a handful of properties, hope over the next two years to put up $10 million and buy 100 or more buildings.
White is no stranger to the real estate game. He began buying up properties in 2004, accumulating houses and apartment buildings in a largely black neighborhood for what he called his “ghetto improvement project.” His reported pattern of improving the distressed properties, raising rents, and, often, booting out original residents who could no longer afford to stay, led the local Legal Aid Society to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tenants at the time also claimed White walked around their neighborhood armed with a shotgun and tried to intimidate them by saying the Klan was coming to “regulate” the area.
The new company described in his email is called “J Evola Group, LLC” – presumably in honor of Julius Evola, an Italian Nazi philosopher obsessed with the pre-Christian origins of Indo-European culture whose racial theories were adopted and codified by Mussolini in 1938. Calling for a “Great Holy War” to battle national and ideological enemies, Evola exerted a significant influence on a generation of militant neo-fascist youth in postwar Italy. Among his protégés were leaders of right-wing terrorist organizations linked to numerous bomb attacks from the 1960s to the 1980s.