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Hundreds Flock to North Dakota to Protest Plans for All-White Town

By Ryan Lenz on September 23, 2013 - 3:52 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

An estimated 400 people gathered in the tiny town of Leith, North Dakota, this past weekend to denounce white supremacist Craig Cobb’s plans to buy enough property and recruit enough fellow racists to take over the local government and establish an all-white enclave.

“We will be here again and again until you are gone. This is where we stop them. This is where it ends, in that crappy white house across the street,” one protestor, Scott German, screamed through a megaphone as he pointed to Cobb’s two-story white house on Leith’s Main Street.

The rally, planned by a group called UniteND, was scheduled to coincide with a visit from Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the nation’s largest neo-Nazi organization, to support Cobb’s plans. Schoep showed up with about a dozen NSM members, who planted Nazi flags on property purchased by Cobb.

In a letter addressed to Leith Mayor Ryan Schock before the visit, Schoep warned residents against standing up to the NSM and Cobb’s plans. “Craig Cobb will NOT be ousted from the community,” Schoep wrote. “Craig is not breaking any laws or ordinances, and has a right to reside in Leith just as any other American does. We are not asking you, or any other residents of Leith to change whatever political stands you may or may not have. If anything, you should see this for what it is, a chance at revitalizing a community, and a chance to be neighborly to your new neighbors, and vice versa.”

Cobb declined to comment on Monday when contacted by Hatewatch. A telephone message and an e-mail sent to Schoep seeking comment were not answered.

The NSM rally and the responding protest came as the town struggles to manage the national spotlight that has only grown since Hatewatch uncovered Cobb’s plan to buy up property in Leith, population 18. Cobb wants to build a “Pioneer Little Europe,” an idea long favored on the racist right as a way to escape what is seen as a multiculturalist agenda at work in larger and more diverse cities.

But in Leith, Cobb’s plans have led to concerted efforts to remove him from the town and curb the flood of racists suddenly interested in joining him.

Custer County health officials have condemned his ramshackle home because he has no running water. The town also has established a legal fund to help fight lawsuits that Cobb says he intends to file. He claims his civil rights have been violated. Town officials have even built a website to spread the word about what some have called a “crisis.”

“In the coming days, weeks and months we the citizens will endeavor to present a more realistic point of view as to our moral fiber and ties to the community,” a welcome message to the website www.leithnd.com says. “Although we welcome people to visit our tiny little community, it is, however, our community with a mayor and a council to decide how we live.”

With Leith raising money to defend itself and with the national energy the racist right has brought to the idea of an all-white community, the fight may just be beginning.

  • MRJ

    I guess I’ll answer this question for myself as no one seems willing to put themselves in the line of fire.

    You can’t call the local County Prosecutors Office, because he’s new (only 6 1/2 years here: very convenient for the “good ol’ boys” network of racist family cops as he has no idea of what kind of depravities his Sheriff’s office and local Town Police have been up to in the past), and the people in the area who you have reported this to, some of them in “government” or “Township Board” positions, or State/Federally funded and paid positions are too involved with family members in the local drug trade, or “militias”, or “patriot groups”, or “sovereigns” to even report it other than to defame and lie.

    You can’t report it to the FBI because the Special Agent in Charge in this State also has extended family who are friends with the major drug dealers on this side of the State, and they are also tied to all of the growers/dealers in this area.

    You can’t report it to the local tri-county area Drug Enforcement Task Force Detective because they are in bed with the “good ol’ boys” network in the local Sheriff’s office: they’d rather see a whistleblower minority stalked and harassed or killed than actually get to the heart of drug rings/dealing and illegal arms trafficking in an area: they have to protect their family members and school chums, and racist “patriot” buddies.

    You can’t report it to any local cops or Sheriffs living in your township because their friends and family are all in bed with locals who are documented Ku Klux Klan organizers, and friends who’s in-laws were on the cover of national magazines for their ties to the Militias after the Oklahoma City Bombing, are stockpiling weapons, are handing out copies of “The Turner Diaries” and Korneki’s manifestoes, or are small arms “fabricators” who sell full auto conversion kits with FN/FAL and AK type weapons and pistols to unregistered gun owners, are wife beaters and child abusers, and sick “NWO/ZOG/JOG” Conspiracy theorists.

    You can’t call the local press because they aren’t interested unless blood is flowing, or houses are burning down, and they pay lip service to the State Capitol and believe any lies forwarded to them by the above drug dealers, “patriots”, stalkers, and dirty/racist law enforcement.

    You can’t report it to your Local or International Union Reps because, after all, if they play golf with a racist, smoke his pot and drink his beer, they can just say “Well, I can’t keep them from lying about it.” instead of wholesale, unannounced drug testing of the offenders to prove that drug use in their Local is rampant, and the accuser might be telling the truth: after all, if one accusation is true, then the rest might be also, right?

    You can’t call a “pro bono” Civil Rights lawyer in the area, particularly after you find out that the only Stalking Advocacy group in the area has a vested interest in protecting the “NWO/ZOG/JOG” drug dealers and addicts, child abusers, Pedophiles and hate group members he has in his employ/defends, and is part Palestinian, and has “political” ties or friendships with/to groups that literally travel to foreign countries to protest Israel and US support of Israel: and lies repeatedly through his teeth about it.

    You can’t call the BIA because they’d apparently rather see Klansmen targeting Native Americans in local hospital systems for repeated abuses and harassment.

    You can’t call your family because they’re Dominionist/Calvinists who believe that some fatherly god has ordained constant spousal/child abuse, stalking, abuse of minorities, have long term friendships with US Government proscribed Anti-Semites and Nazi/Fascist collaborators during and after WWII, have pictures of their own junk in their computers, were fired from major universities for impropriety with students and breaking/jamming multi-thousand dollar archival quality copiers trying to get more pictures of their junk (and, after all, women have to use that machine also) and lying straight to their supervisors face about it (the only other male in the department with a pass key to the copier), divorces for abusing their wives, are also using and tied to drug dealing in their respective States, and have repeatedly engaged in Larceny Crossing State Lines and Felony Misappropriation from Duly Filed Wills/Trusts, etc., and have actively contacted others by E-mail, telephone, visit, and letter from three or more States away to stalk and harass you for reporting their depravities to family and friends… AFTER they called you a liar for reporting:
    Felony Harassment Using Firearms.
    Felony Spyware in your computer.
    Felony Drug Dealing and Prescription Narcotics Trafficking and Abuse.
    White Supremacists, Militias, “Sovereigns” and Klansmen in your neighborhood/town.
    Stalking and Death Threats.
    Destructions of your property, and repeated patching of your road and driveway.
    Phone Threats/Harassment and Hang Up Calls.
    On-line Stalking and Hacking.
    Pedophiles they contacted who have set up web pages and E-mail address with your name that you have never had access to.
    Stalking/Racist Harassment in Local Businesses.
    Racist Workplace Mobbing and Harassment in a Union.
    Theft and Misappropriation, and release of closed bid information to locals by their buddies in the engineering departments of a local DoD contracted Aerospace company.
    Drug Dealing/growing by Felony Convicted dealers in this State and Others.
    Felony Ownership of Firearms by Documented Mental Patients with repeat histories of violent physical abuse of children and self.
    Depraved abuses of women by deprivation of physician prescribed medication for life threatening seizures by their friends.
    Conspiracy to Deprive of Rights.
    Stalking and Harassment of other minorities/LGBT in your local town and neighborhood by your neighbors and a local Klukker.

    Who Do You Call?

  • Padre

    Sadly, something very similar happened to the town of Richmond, NH beginning about 25 years ago. Followers of the late Fr. Leonard Feeney relocated to Richmond, brought there by one Doug Bersaw. He did the same thing, “purchase” nearly 200 acres of land & sold lots to St. Benedict Center members only while quietly & illegally building their church compound. SPLC has written several articles about this group throughout the years & recently a book has been published telling the true story of what this cult did to Richmond & its people. It is titled “Deliver Us. . .a religious cult vs Richmond, NH”, it retails for $14.95 with all proceeds benefitting the Richmond Historical Society. To order a copy just email richmondhistory@yahoo.com
    By the way, Bersaw lost the remaining acreage to foreclosure in Jan. 2009. Other than a down payment, he NEVER paid the seller while continuing to sell lots to SBC members. The story is in that book!

  • MRJ

    @ CM,

    Title 42 USC Section 3631 Criminial Interference with Right to Fair Housing.

    This is an absolutely toothless Statute when local Police (County/State) are used to “determine” if a “crime” has been committed.
    Ridicule, insult, refusal to investigate, intentional misrepresentation of facts, refusal to collect evidence, “warning” the instigators/offenders… particularly if some of the Police have family or friends involved in the harassment as has recently been determined.
    Small town.

    As are: Title 18, U.S.C. Section 241 Conspiracy Against Rights, State of Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931 750.411h Stalking Statutes, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Native American (Indian) Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title 18, U.S.C., Section 245 Federally Protected Activities, Title 18 U.S.C. Section 2261A(2), Title 47 U.S.C. Section 223(a)(1)(C) Harassing Phone Calls, Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law, Title 18, USC Section 246. Deprivation of Relief Benefits, etc..

    It doesn’t matter in the least if you can prove harassment, or even have recordings, photographs, Court of Law documented evidence of similar behavior towards other minorities by the same individuals/Police: all a State Police officer has to do is put in his “report” that the one making the allegations is “not in fear for his life” after asking you if there is someone in your yard right then that he can/needs to shoot, or a local Deputy Sheriff stands in the doorway of your garage and says “But what have you lost?” as an indicator of their/his insult due to his family/friends involvement… Particularly when that cop is a deranged racist, and has a history of stalking and harassing minorities in “his” jurisdictions/neighborhood.

    Who do you call?

  • Eliana Liorit

    I can guarantee you that the NSM members haven’t thought more than a few steps ahead. They will break a law sooner or later.

    Maybe the town could pass a law making it illegal to give a tattoo without having an official storefront and a $500K insurance policy? Or, if you REALLY want to get rid of the NSM, make it a dry county! Outlaw alcohol and they will run :)

    Or, sit back and watch them emplode. It’ll be amusing to watch them fight each other over what color the town uniforms will be and what the town religion will be. If you want to hold them up for months, start talking about the role women will play. HAHA. Then, winter will come and no one will have a job because WNs are too good to work (unless it’s to “work for the reich” by talking on the phone to “Comrades” 20 hrs/day). By this time, their girlfriends will have left so there won’t be anyone around to pay the bills. Oh, since the town grew and needs to accommodate more people, how about a nice 200% property tax increase? And, you’ve got to enforce those building codes, require building permits, and a union worker must do the work.

    How about forming a Home Owners Association? Charge them $200/month for that. I’m not sure how ND laws work but in some states if you get behind on your HOA dues, the HOA can take your property. Just sayin…

    See, there are so many things that can be done to make their lives suck.

  • BF

    Mr. Cushman, that argument doesn’t really hold water as others have pointed out…it’s a complex social issue and there is no level playing field. I am in no way implying that marginalized groups, minorities and/or those living in poverty are “children,” but imagine a game of football between a group of 10-year-olds facing a team of pro ballers. One has all the advantages required for success and the other is bound to get smashed…unless there are rules in place that adjust for the innate unfairness of the situation. “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ”
    ? Paulo Freire

  • http://spe-lunk-ing.blogspot.com Jacob

    Craig Cobb is supposedly going to be a guest next week on The White Voice podcast. If you aren’t familiar with the White Voice, Joseph Adams, John King and Frank Taaffe, time to get acquainted.

    http://spe-lunk-ing.blogspot.c.....white.html

    http://spe-lunk-ing.blogspot.c.....frank.html

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  • aadila

    I just realized I had this whole thing wrong.

    When they said they wanted an all white town in North Dakota, I thought it was going to be _painted_ white, like Clint Eastwood did when he painted Lago red in High Plains Drifter.

    Who knew?

  • dinosaur

    Aron, I believe Mike Dellapia is referring to Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic community outside of NYC. It is frequently cited by wn as evidence of a double standard. Even a cursory glance at Wikipedia shows that its history is a rocky one and full of conflict with neighboring communities.

    The thing is, these racists present equivalences between “white” and black, and “white” and Jewish as if they’ve uncovered conspiracies. They don’t see false equivalencies– white history is not Jewish history.

    But these racists don’t understand such distinctions. They are poorly educated and poorly socialized. They believe that their personal experiences of failure and marginalization have value as objective frames of reference. They don’t understand that the modern world was built upon European imperialism. They seem to think that because they do not benefit personally, whites did not and do no exploit non-white peoples.

    So they play “gotcha” with crime statistics, ignoring black-on-black violence and ignorant of the the conversation about the crime epidemic in the black press. They cite obscure communities like Kiryas Joel thinking they’ve proved a point. All they prove is their own ignorance about anything that really matters.

  • CM

    The fact that all-“white” or all-“black” or even all-Jewish communities do exist does not validate the notion of deliberately setting out to create a new all-“white” community. Whatever the reasons for a de facto monoethnic community’s existence, federal and state laws require that if a member of some different ethnic group wants to go live there, they have the right to do so. No one can establish and maintain an “all-white enclave” without violating one or more of these statutes, and numerous others:

    U.S. Code:

    42 USC §3631. Violations; penalties
    Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, by force or threat of force willfully injures, intimidates or interferes with, or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with … any person because of his race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin and because he is or has been selling, purchasing, renting, financing, occupying, or contracting or negotiating for the sale, purchase, rental, financing or occupation of any dwelling, or applying for or participating in any service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings … shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both.

    North Dakota Century Code:

    12.1-14-01. Official oppression.
    A person acting or purporting to act in an official capacity or taking advantage of such actual or purported capacity is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if, knowing that his conduct is illegal, he:
    1. Subjects another to arrest, detention, search, seizure, mistreatment, dispossession, assessment, lien, or other infringement of personal or property rights; or
    2. Denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity.

    12.1-14-04. Discrimination in public places.
    A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if, whether or not acting under color of law, he, by force, or threat of force or by economic coercion, intentionally:
    1. Injures, intimidates, or interferes with another because of his sex, race, color, religion, or national origin and because he is or has been exercising or attempting to exercise his right to full and equal enjoyment of any facility open to the public.
    2. Injures, intimidates, or interferes with another because of his sex, race, color, religion, or national origin in order to intimidate him or any other person from exercising or attempting to exercise his right to full and equal enjoyment of any facility open to the public.

  • Erika

    Mike and the Midwest is full of small towns where there are still German or Swedish or Norwegian language newspapers and churches. Many Old Order Mennonite and Amish Churches will conduct services in German. Yiddish and Hebrew are likely to be heard in Orthodox Jewish towns.

    German, Swedish, Norwegian, Old Order Mennonite, Amish, and Orthodox Jewish are all distinct cultural groups with a shared language, religious, and cultural heritage. People – especially people with a very distinct culture (like Orthodox Jews, Old Order Mennonite, or Amish) – are likely to flock towards others who share their religious and cultural views. White is not a shared religious and cultural heritage. There is a big difference.

    i mean, there are probably hundreds of all white or virtually all white towns in the Dakotas that people don’t care about – and that is because in those towns a non-white traveler can stop at the local gas station and get gas and not risk being killed. Of course, their numbers are dwindling as people from different heritages move in and the locals tend to embrace people of any heritage moving in mainly because small towns are basically dying anywhere.

  • Aron

    ‘All Jewish town in Upstate New York?’ Evidence, please.

    They may have large Jewish populations, but I highly doubt they’re ALL Jewish.

  • bob

    This is a great website.

    I am sure the SPLC will be all over it trying to take it down

    http://wh8te.com/category/teachers-2/

  • Mike Dellapia

    I live in upstate New York. Up h ere we got Jewish only towns. No body ever protested that. What gives?

  • concernedcitizen

    We don’t want Neo Nazi Germany here in America. I think that pretty simple. Anyone who knows their history would understand it isn’t the American way and it never will be.

    Whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it.

    Henry David Thoreau

  • aadila

    Pithy, Mark. Nice.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Mark Potok,

    1000 minute Reich, LOL!

  • Mark Potok

    It’s a case of the 1,000-minute Reich.

  • dinosaur

    The NSM didn’t stick around for long did they? I was under the impression they would stay in Leith for a few days. The eight from the NSM and one more man who came in from Oregon makes nine. Not even landowners April Gaede and Alex Linder were present. Did anyone else show up to support Cobb?

    Cobb does seem to love the spotlight. But I disagree that there’s a sudden flood of interest from racists who want to join him. He’s been begging white nationalists to move to ND for years, but no one– not one person– has shown the slightest bit of interest. He’s notorious for not playing well with others on his side. Seeing that he’s throwing around all these threats of litigation, it seems like he doesn’t have a plan. Then there’s the fact that the few crackpots who still tolerate him splintered into competing factions (VNN and White Nations) just as he caught the attention of the press.

    He’s no more likely to succeed now than two months ago when he was begging people to join him in obscurity.

  • Reynardine

    Let us be clear: Those allegedly all- nonwhite communities referred to by Mr. Cushman and Mr. Georgia are generally called poverty ghettos and shantytowns. People live in them because they are poor and/or ostracised… including poor and ostracised white people. In my younger days, I lived and worked in a few, and both socially and by general appearance, I am white. In general, white people who move in because they are in a similar economic situation are not resented. Those who come in to “gentrify” are another matter.

  • Gregory

    Michael Cushman,
    You didn’t answer the question posed in a previous thread; have you ever been a member of the National Alliance?

  • Georgia Citizen

    I can empathize with Mr. Cobb in wanting to live in an all white town, but those pesky liberals and cowardly conservatives don’t want to see to happened for political and ecomonical reasonings. Threr are place that are predominateely black and/or hispanic? What’s the problems. Oh I get it. Everything has to be the liberals say so. Right? It’s isn’t fair.

  • Reynardine

    The problem, Coral Sea, is that they don’t intend to move into that community and live like everyone else. They intend to move into that community and force everyone else out.

    Glad to see you back! Happy Equinox!

  • Michael Oase

    Where are the pictures of all of this ? Photos of the demonstrators etc.

  • http://southernnationalist.com Michael Cushman

    I certainly do not support NSM or know this fellow Cobb but reading the title I wonder if hundreds would flock to some obscure area of the US in order to protest an all Black, Hispanic or Asian town? I highly doubt it. The US media would probably celebrate it as ‘empowering’ whatever non-White group did it. This indicates the anti-White nature of the US media.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Ryan Lenz,

    Cobb is a such hypocrite for trying to use Civil Rights laws to his benefit, the very ones created to stop people like him. I’m certain that in just about any other context he opposes those laws. In fact if he ever sets up his little pure white enclave, I can just imagine the ridiculous arguments he and his followers will come up with for why those laws shouldn’t apply to them, and how they should be able to discriminate and violate the rights of the people they hate with impunity.

  • Reynardine

    The Leith Police releaseth us, we’re happy, Sir, to say!
    The Leith Police releaseth us. They thought we sought to stay.
    The Leith Police releaseth us, and we all sighed sighs apiece
    And the sighs we sighed as we said goodbye were the size of the Leith Police.

  • coralsea

    I have very mixed feelings about this–serious disgust at the white supremacists, but also concern about harassing an unpopular group, which, as Cobb says “is breaking no laws or ordinances.”

    As a Wiccan, I am very aware of harassment that has been launched against Wiccans in various areas, including having their shops or schools harassed, homes vandalized and burned, threats, etc. In the case of Wicca, this is typically coming from people who don’t know anything about the religion or are making suppositions about it that don’t in any way track with reality.

    And of course we have all seen awful cases of harassment, abuse, or just plain rudeness toward African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, and any other group that someone decides they don’t want near them.

    While considering the nastiness of the Neo-Nazis and their declaration that they want an “all-white” community certainly invites commentary and rebuttal — such as, “We don’t agree with you, and we will take action if there is harassment of persons of color who visit or also want to live here,” the best response would probably be for Leith and its neighbors to form a “Diversity Committee” or an “American Club” (as in, America, the melting pot) and celebrate their own pleasure at living in a country where people are free to live where they choose.