The son of a former Klan leader and long-time white supremacist Don Black, Derek Black made a splash in the white supremacist world at the age of 12. That’s when he created a children’s page for Stormfront.org, the leading white supremacist website, which is operated by his father. By 2008, a 19-year-old Black had won election to a seat on Florida’s Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee. The GOP refused to seat him because he failed to sign a GOP loyalty oath. Despite his denial of the white supremacist label, the younger Black’s views have earned high praise from his mother’s ex-husband, neo-Nazi David Duke.
In His Own Words
“[President Barack Obama’s] a big marker. I don’t expect in four years to be living in a wasteland of burning tires and homeless people, but for me Obama is one step away.” – 2009 interview with Details magazine.
Derek Black’s white nationalist pedigree is impeccable. His father, Don Black, is a former Klan leader and the founder of Stormfront.org, the leading white supremacist forum on the Internet. His mother, Chloe Black, is the ex-wife of neo-Nazi David Duke.
By age 12, Derek Black had created a children’s page on Stormfront, complete with white pride songs and anti-Martin Luther King Jr. bedtime stories. As early as 10, he was accompanying his father to white supremacist meetings. His involvement in the movement drew enough attention that he was the subject of a USA Today article and appeared in an HBO documentary, Hate.com, before he was a teenager.
He continued working on his father’s website, including serving as the host of four one-hour weekly shows on the Stormfront Internet radio site, where he also was a webmaster. He won a seat on Florida’s Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee in 2008. The local GOP chief refused to seat Black after learning of his background, saying that he failed to sign a GOP loyalty oath by the deadline. Nine other candidates also were denied seats on that basis.
Duke has spoken out in support of the younger Black’s bid to be seated on the committee. He also has heaped praise on the young man.
“I don’t know of anybody who’s got better gifts for his age than Derek does,” Duke told Details magazine in 2009. “By the time I was 19 I was pretty much on fire politically, and he does remind me of how I was at that age.”
Like his father and Duke, Derek Black eschews the white supremacist label, preferring to describe himself as fighting discrimination against white people, or as a white civil rights activist.
By February 2010, Derek Black was hosting a twice-weekly program on a South Florida news/talk radio station that has a large Haitian audience. He paid $275 a week for the air time on WPBR, an AM station in Lake Worth, a racially diverse city in Palm Beach County. For his debut program, he scheduled Gordon Baum as a guest. Baum, an attorney, is co-founder and, at that time, CEO of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens, which has routinely denigrated blacks as “genetically inferior” and once accused non-white immigrants of turning America into a “slimy brown mass of glop.”
A WPBR manager contacted at the time said he knew nothing of the new host’s background, and added that another station employee worked out the contract with Black.