With a degree in computer engineering, a knack for polemics and some website savvy, Kyle Rogers has become a key player in the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the lineal descendant of the segregationist White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s. He joined, he told the Intelligence Report in 2006, after tiring of “the media telling us everything Southern and everything European is bad.”
Today, Rogers lives near Charleston, S.C., where he moved in 2004, and heads the local chapter of the CCC, which says in its “Statement of Principles” that it “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind.” He is also on the group’s national board of directors, runs its website, and serves as its primary editor.
Rogers, who like many white supremacists is much taken with ancient Norse gods, last year began pushing his “Boycott Thor Campaign,” attacking Marvel Studios for casting a “sub-Saharan black man” as the Norse god Heimdallr. Saying Marvel is known for “leftwing ideologies,” Rogers complained that Heimdallr is actually “the progenitor of Europeans and referred to as ‘The Whitest of Gods.’”
In a similar vein, he has lately been writing in the CCC’s Citizens Informer about Kennewick Man, a famous, ancient skeleton found in Washington state that he and others claim shows whites were here first, only to be slaughtered by Indians.
Rogers leads one of the most active CCC chapters in the country. It has held repeated rallies against undocumented workers at the state Capitol and hotly defended the Confederate battle flag. (Rogers told one reporter that the NAACP was “busing in welfare mothers” to demonstrate against the flag.) And it claims that while Islam cannot be criticized, Christianity is under assault (“[W]e are supposed to view Kwanza as equivalent to Christmas,” Rogers huffed angrily).
Rogers also has had something of a toehold in local politics, serving in 2007 as a delegate to the Charleston GOP county convention. He still urges CCC members to remind the party that it should be “standing up for whites.”
Rogers practices what he preaches. He has long advertised on the CCC website his online flag-selling business, Patriotic Flags, which for years has been selling a T-shirt featuring the unblushing slogan, “White Pride Worldwide.”
In 2012, when Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American student, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., the ensuing national controversy earned Rogers’ ire. “Almost all of the news items about George Zimmerman and Trayvon contains [sic] a combination of false statements, opinions presented as facts, transparent distortions, and a complete absence of some of the most relevant details,” Rogers complained. “Is the media really reporting the news, or is this classic agitation/propaganda to advance a political agenda?”
Rogers also began posting anti-Semitic tirades under the name “Valhalla” on Stormfront, one of the oldest and largest racist forums online. His rants have covered such topics as modern crimes perpetuated by Jews and the supposed Jewish domination of the media. In one thread published on the topic of male circumcision in January 2012, he wrote, “Your typical left-wing Jew is obnoxious about being Jewish and constantly drawing attention to their Jewishness. … Your hardcore Orthodox Jews were probably upset when American Christians first started doing [circumcisions].”