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Longtime White Supremacist to Serve on Penn. County GOP Committee

By Leah Nelson on May 30, 2012 - 2:41 pm, Posted in Racist Skinheads

Steve Smith, a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups, has been elected to a 4-year term on the Republican Party’s county committee for Luzerne County, Penn., One People’s Project reports.

Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American Third Position, Keystone United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former Klan leader David Duke but is no longer associated with him. Smith also belongs to a Pennsylvania-based group called the European American Action Coalition (EAAC), which according to its website was formed in fall 2011 “by a few well known White activists in the great and historic state of Pennsylvania.”

Steve SmithIn a January letter published in the Wilkes-Barr Times Leader, Smith wrote, “Many experts predict that, if current trends continue, whites will be a minority in the United States by 2050; some predict it can happen sooner. If this prediction comes true, it will be catastrophic to our country and well-being. The European American Action Coalition is committed to reversing this anti-white trend. The coalition is an organization dedicated to educating, advancing and defending our culture, rights and heritage.”

Smith’s ties to the racist right stretch far beyond the political. In 2001, he co-founded a racist skinhead group now known as Keystone United (which was until 2009 known as the Keystone State Skinheads, or KSS), one of the largest and most active single-state racist skinhead crews in the country. In March 2003, he and two other KSS members were arrested in Scranton for beating up Antoni Williams, a black man, using stones and chunks of pavement. Smith pleaded guilty to terrorist threats and ethnic intimidation and received a 60-day sentence and probation.

To advance his goals, Smith has distanced himself somewhat from his violent past and focused on political activism. As state chairman for American Third Position (A3P), a white nationalist political party that aims to deport immigrants and return the United States to white rule, he has for several years been working the crowds at local Tea Party gatherings, which he once described as “fertile grounds for our activists.”

In October 2010, he led a delegation of A3P activists in presenting the party’s position to a Scranton Tea Party group. “We explained that the A3P was formed to represent white Americans, who have been denied representation for decades,” he said in a press release on A3P’s website. “We provided them with a true alternative to the typical dead-end conservatism with which so many of these concerned and partially awakened Americans are involved.”

Also in 2010, Smith was the center of a major flap within the anti-immigrant movement, when William Gheen, head of the nativist extremist Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), pulled out of a series of rallies celebrating Arizona’s then-new anti-immigrant law because their organizer was a friend of Smith’s. At the time, Smith’s Facebook page indicated he was a fan of a Swedish white nationalist singer named Saga, whose ditties have included “Goodbye, David Lane.” Lane, a convicted terrorist who died in 2007 while serving a 190-year prison sentence for conspiracy, racketeering and his role in the assassination of Jewish talk show host Alan Berg, remains one of the most revered figures in the white nationalist movement. He came up with the famous “14 Words” slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.”

Smith announced his election to the Luzerne County GOP committee six days ago on news forum called White News Now. The news was greeted with enthusiasm by members, one of whom commented, “This may seem like just a small step now, but this is how we are taking our nation back and it’s how we will secure a future for our people. Everyone needs to look to Steve’s example. He’s a true patriot!”

As a committee member, he will have a say in the selection of the Luzerne GOP’s County Chairman and Executive Committee, who, according to the party’s website, “oversee and direct all of the activity of the Republican Party in the County.” Luzerne County GOP officials did not respond to a request for comment on Smith election in time for publication.

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  • AaronS

    Poor libs, can’t win an argument on ideas so they sling names. This guy got elected to the equivalent of a middle school hall monitor position in some town no one has ever heard of without a single Republican vote. Of course, the libs, grasping for straws, conveniently left that part of of the story.
    Let’s not forget that the Democratic party, until his death in 2010, was the party of Robert Byrd. Whoops, that can’t be true, only Republicans are racists, right? How pathetic.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “So I assume that Black pride, Asian Pride, even Gay pride is a big joke because people are born into it. How stupid to be proud of ones heritage and who we are. It is far easier to be ashamed of our selves and our past. Especially if one is White!”

    The concept of black pride arose because in case you hadn’t noticed, being black was treated as a very bad thing for a long time in US history(it still is, but ignorant folks like you prefer to ignore this). Black pride was a way for black Americans to regain their dignity in a society which has done everything to take it away. Whites don’t have this experience in America.

    As for “Asian pride”, I haven’t really heard of it, perhaps because “Asians” know their specific nationality and cultures; e.g. Chinese, Korean, Filipino, etc. Only in America does this term “Asian” mean specifically “East Asian.”

    As for gays, again you have a people who were suppressed and persecuted for decades who can finally admit who they are.

    “White” people have no heritage. There is no country of “Whitania.” There is no “White” culture, there are no “White” folk dances, no “White” language. The history of classifying people as “White” and “non-white” is a history of oppression and ranking people.

    Now have you ever noticed that nobody gets upset about Irish, Serbian, Polish, Scottish “pride”? There may be a reason for that.

  • Liz

    Read a very interesting op-ed article yesterday in our local paper about religious liberty vs. religious privilege. It seems to me that many, if not most, of the author’s points apply in this case.

    This is not, and never has been, about “pride” or “respect” or “heritage” or “culture,” this is about preserving (or regaining?) what one perceives as one’s natural status in the order of things. Men vs. women. Monogamous heterosexuals vs. others (many categories in this group, and antagonist hates them all!). Elders vs. youth. White vs. non-white. Minority vs. majority (be honest now). Educated vs. ignorant …you may continue at your leisure. All these with the possible exception of the second may be reversed – in the second case, I don’t think the targets really care what the antagonists do, they just don’t want to abide by imposed limits.

    Mr. S. Smith seems to think that he has some sort of right or privilege to impose limits on others because of a dearth of melanin in his skin. I think that is a very silly position, myself, but popular among persons of his ilk. It also is in direct contradiction to both the Constitution of the U.S. and the Declaration of Independence, but that is not likely to bother him much.

    No need for shame, either, Mr. Pierce, about what evil things other people of your “race” have done, unless you want to do those things too. The whole HUMAN race is guilty of a host of atrocities; I am only answerable for those I commit, and for those I incite or encourage others to commit. To CELEBRATE or PROMOTE those atrocities is shameful, however, and only you can know if you are guilty of that.

  • Erika

    Dear Cousin Dave:

    Assuming you are being serious, thank you for proving me right :P

    Love,

    Erika :)

  • Jared Pierce

    Rusian,
    So I assume that Black pride, Asian Pride, even Gay pride is a big joke because people are born into it. How stupid to be proud of ones heritage and who we are. It is far easier to be ashamed of our selves and our past. Especially if one is White!

    Q.

  • Reynardine

    I have both pride and shame in my race…the human race. But God is a Cat, and She says we must do better.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Well first of all Duane, “pride” in your race is pretty stupid; for one thing, you didn’t do anything to be born into that “race”, and which “race” you belong to depends a lot on perceptions of the society you live in. For example, if you are Irish, you would not be considered white until about the 20th century.

    The second problem is that contrary to what White Nationalists like Mr. Smith claim, their ideology is not about “pride” or “respect.” It isn’t hard to discover what these people discuss in private(or what they assume is private) and see that they are bitter, resentful, fearful people who seek simplistic answers to complicated questions, as well as in many cases utter morons who have no redeeming qualities. Ergo, they join a community where being “white” is in itself a redeeming quality.

  • Duane

    What does pride and respecting your race have anything to do with Hate??? Dont get it.

  • http://www.luzernedems.com Casey Evans

    LETTER FROM THE LUZERNE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE REGARDING STEVE SMITH:

    Much news has been made recently regarding the election of Steve Smith to the Luzerne County Republican Committee.

    Committee members can be influential in local politics, and frequently find themselves in the same room with State Senators and Representatives, District Attorneys, local Mayors, party nominees, movers and shakers, even members of Congress. Steve’s Smith’s expedited path to access Republican officials is quite disturbing.

    However, it is really not the fault of the Republican Committee that he was elected. Without a candidate listed on the ballot who had gone through the petition process, write in candidates for committee offices only need a minimal amount of support to win. He got three votes: Steve Smith obviously does not represent the Luzerne County Republican Party in any way, shape, or form.

    I’m sure some of us have seen Steve Smith’s letters to the editor in local papers, filled with pure hate, ranting against minorities and anyone else who doesn’t fit into his twisted world view. In fact, I find find his views abhorrent on a very deep and personal level. As far as I can tell, I don’t believe there is a mechanism for removing a committee person from either party from their position, as they were voted on by the public and those results certified by the election board. However, there are ways to minimize him over the course of his term, so that his election will have a negligible impact. We sincerely hope that the Republicans find a way to quarantine any political ambitions Steve Smith may have. No white supremacist should be anywhere near the inner workings of any party in Luzerne County.

    The Luzerne County Democrats have no intention to bring Steve Smith up again because, frankly, his election isn’t merely a political embarrassment for the Republicans, it’s an embarrassment for the entire county. Speaking about Steve Smith not only distracts us from real issues, it legitimizes him and gives him more attention (something I’m sure he craves), and frankly he is making other Republican committee persons across Luzerne County who work hard and care about their country and their communities look bad.

    We would rather speak on jobs and the economy, social justice and equal rights, and an America where everyone has a fair shot to succeed.

    So, don’t give Steve Smith what he wants: this will be our first, last, and only word on the subject.

    Casey Evans
    Spokesperson, Luzerne County Democratic Committee
    Chairman, 2nd District

  • Jennie

    Here’s the link to the story in a Luzerne County newspaper regarding this above story and how this …um..person…got elected to the post.
    http://timesleader.com/stories.....pe=stories

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I’d love to sympathize with you, Young Republican, but I’ve got to wonder what attracts these people to your party.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Considering that Nazi means Nationalist Socialist, this guy should be a Democrat. Of course a lot of Leftist activist have been planning on infiltrating the Republican party to create mayhem, so this could also be an example of that.”

    Wow, Triple Idiot Score! First you’ve got the laughable “Democrats” are socialists meme, the “National Socialists were socialists because of the name of the party” meme, and the “he’s a liberal in disguise” meme. It’s a Trifecta of BS.

  • YoungRepublican

    To all of you hating on the Republican Party….please read the entire storty first! This idiot won with 1 write in vote…himself! Republicans in Luzerne County did NOT vote him in! Stop trying to label all of us…you are being as closed minded as you claim the GOP is!

  • Phila

    “Considering that Nazi means Nationalist Socialist, this guy should be a Democrat.”

    And yet, he’s a Teabagger. It’s almost as though he has a better grasp of his ideology than you do. Indeed, it’s almost as though reality trumps your own ignorance.

    There are plenty of neo- Nazi groups in this country. Why not contact a few and ask them if they consider themselves leftists? You may learn something.

  • Reynardine

    Well, congratulations, Cousin Dave! You have just slid down Occam’s Razor and landed in a cup of alcohol!

  • Dave Billesbach

    Well DUH!!! of course he’s part of the GOP!

  • http://twitter.com/cousin_dave @Cousin_Dave

    Considering that Nazi means Nationalist Socialist, this guy should be a Democrat. Of course a lot of Leftist activist have been planning on infiltrating the Republican party to create mayhem, so this could also be an example of that. Then there is the fact that the people of Wilkes-Barre & Scranton are some of the dumbest people of the planet – that’s where Joe Biden is from.

  • Julia

    I can’t say for sure but ya know, Steve Smith doesn’t look pure white to me…

  • CM

    Most Americans seem unaware that Adolf Hitler did not found the Nazi Party. He simply walked in and co-opted an existing organization.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Actually Mark, the New Black Panther Party is listed as a hate group by the SPLC and they had a story about them a few months ago I believe. And an illegal gun in Florida? Please. If it had been a white conservative who had been busted for that we’d be hearing endless butthurt about Obama taking away his 2nd Amendment rights.

    Racism against white conservatives? Please, show us some.

  • Reynardine

    Mark, are you saying Florida panthers have started carrying guns on people? Maybe that’s the only way Puma concolor coryi is going to ensure its survival (wait till the alligators start pulling Tommy guns on the feral pythons. It’s dangerous in them thar woods).

  • Tobias A. Weissman

    The election of this white supremacist, Steve Smith is an example of how great this nation is that with all the hate that this man spewed, he could still be elected to a legitament party organization. “You better watch out, you better not cry.”
    If we keep doing this, followers of Adolph Hitler might just take over the USA.

  • Mark

    Where is the story about the black panther who just got caught with the illegal gun in Florida? Oh ya the SPLC loves that group.

  • NAFTA Refugee

    Good article.

    Now, let’s see one on racism against white conservatives.

  • Matt

    Seems he will be helping Obama get elected, get some cash donations in from you all lefty causes.

    The fact he is part of the legal out in the open election process really burns you posters up. Funny.

  • vickie

    AND I THOUGHT FLORIDA WAS BAD. MAYBE LUZERNE CO. WOULD LIKE TO SECEDE FROM A COUNTRY THAT WAS BUILT BY IMMIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER OUR WORLD.

  • JoeBuddha

    So, how long until the Republican party is declared a “hate group”?

  • Marisa

    The GOP just sinks lower and lower and lower with every passing day.

  • Gregory

    Obviously a different Gregory. That one is clearly a GOP lackey.

  • Jerry123

    I grew up in NE PA. I’m saddened that parts of the State have gone so far to the right. The PA Republicans used to be moderate.

  • Electric_Bill

    Take a good look. This is the new face of the Republican Party, Mitt Romney’s party.

  • Supersonic250

    Soooooooooooo glad I live in York County, not Luzerne County… I don’t want this guy anywhere NEAR me.

  • Gregory

    The Republican Party is often terrible about tolerating thinly disguised racism … calling Obama a “food stamp president,” “not one of us,” etc.

    But they have been pretty consistent about publicly rejecting this kind of overt racism. I expect they will reject Smith too. If they don’t, it will be a trruly freightening development from a party that controls the House and many statehouses, and just get control of the Senate and White House next year.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    If I remember correctly, the NAAWP was an organization of David Duke. However, despite the fact that it may still exist, It was pretty much entirely inactive for years. It may just be another vehicle for raising money for the gambling womanizer.

  • Claire

    Not surprising at all. The Republican party is looking more and more like the party of nuts. Is there something in the tea they’re drinking?

  • Reynardine

    Shadow Wolf, the person(s) called Jason Smith is/are Steve Smith’s mandrake(s). On this fairly prudish blog, I shan’t be more explicit.

  • Shadow Wolf

    “The National Association for the Advancement of White People”(?)

    Now that one had me cracking up. Could it be that Mr. Jason Smith is the kinfolk of Steve Smith?

  • Reynardine

    Morons aren’t good enough, Ruslan. Jerry wants full-blown idiots.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    So you want more morons in your party, Jerry?

  • Reynardine

    Yeah, Locode, this guy is right out of Central Casting. Trouble is, he’s not acting, just like “The Turner Diaries” wasn’t a put-on.

  • Reynardine

    Well, Ruslan, I’d like to have seen that one.

  • jerry mathers

    Good, need more people like him then the WN party will gain even more speed.

  • Locode

    Wow, way to stay classy Republicans. This moron looks like a psycho.

  • Karen Neisman

    They’re trading the Tin Foil hats for White pointy ones.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I think I’ve had a run in with this guy somewhere else on the internet. He’s a typical WN pseudo-intellectual moron. Within the movement, he’s probably seen as a genius due to his ability to put two paragraphs together without cursing.

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    Leah Nelson

    This doesn’t help the Republican Party’s image now does it?

  • Erika

    Aron, the Tea Party would no doubt claim that he is a liberal plant. Especially since they believe that Nazis were actually Socialists.

  • greg

    making a claim….anyone can do it. actions and history prove the lie. funny how white supremacists try to reframe their hate by saying its just about pride and protecting their culture….when really, everything they stand for is about privileging themselves at the stake of other human beings. ‘rights’ that depend for their very existence on the degradation and denial of other peoples’ rights are not rights at all.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    A neo-Nazi as an active member of the GOP? Quelle surprise!!!

    And to all of you tea-addled silly geese who claim there’s no racism in the TP movement? Sit on it!