Tuesday, September 23, 2008

League Of American Patriots Distributes "Racist" Anti-Obama Literature In Roxbury, New Jersey; No Association With Kevin Alfred Strom

Update September 25th: Just found a copy of the flyer on this Stormfront thread. Posted below:

In May 2008, I first introduced you to a group calling itself the "League of American Patriots" (LAP). It was uncertain at the time what their intent was; I though it might morph into a pro-white, racially-populist political party similar to the British National Party in the United Kingdom.

Apparently such plans haven't yet materialized, as the League has embraced a more traditional form of pro-White activism. During the weekend of 20-21 September 2008, the League distributed a considerable number of flyers in Roxbury, New Jersey. Some media outlets claim that 25-50 of the township's 8,000 homes were affected, but I think it would have to be more in order to generate the widespread media reporting which subsequently ensued. Primary media story published September 23rd by the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger; other stories published by TheSmokingGun.com, USA Today, the Associated Press, the Daily Record, and on Overthrow.com.

Discussion available on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum.

The flyers, left on driveways in neatly packaged plastic envelopes, questioned, "Do You Want A Black President?" and stated, "Black Ruled Nations most unstable and violent in the world". The flyer also stated, "Why should we seal our fate by allowing a black ruler to destroy us?" The flyer also detailed what it contended were facts on unemployment, poverty, HIV and crime rates among African Americans, while pointing out woes of a couple of predominantly black-populated countries. The material was distributed by a group called the League of American Patriots, which has a Butler mailing address. Here's a copy of the flyer:

The Daily Record offers more background information on this group. The man behind that group is Alex Carmichael, an attorney who recently moved from Garfield to Butler and who declined an interview request on September 23rd from behind a closed door at his apartment in a two-family house on High Street. Carmichael is an active attorney, according to state officials, and recently sued Bill White, the Commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP) on behalf of himself and the League of American Patriots.

Carmichael claims in the suit that White defamed him by publishing allegedly false statements on Overthrow.com about his relationship with the disgraced Kevin Alfred Strom, former head of the now-disbanded National Vanguard white supremacist group. White said that he expects the suit to be thrown out, although in this Overthrow blog post, White reiterates his position that it has not been served and it is stayed by the Chapter 11 proceedings, and also has the problems of being barred by statute and filed in the wrong jurisdiction.

Strom, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, had been convicted of possessing child pornography and was released from federal prison earlier in September. He said in an email on Tuesday that he has no connection with Carmichael. "I have no knowledge whatever of Mr. Carmichael's group and so I regret I cannot be of any assistance to you," Strom said in the email. He added in another email that he didn't even know Carmichael, saying, "I cannot recall the name."

Enough of the drama and back to the story. The first indications of this flyer distribution was when police said they received some complaint calls Saturday about the flier and were reviewing the issue to determine if there were any illegalities connected to the material or its distribution. Police are not considering it a hate crime because no specific races were targeted for distribution, although they are investigating to determine if any littering laws were violated.

Roxbury resident Elizabeth Corsetto said she and her husband came home from doing errands Saturday and found the flier at the end of their driveway. She picked it up, expecting a mailer from a retailer but instead found a one-page, black and white sheet featuring unflattering photos of Obama, including a doctored one portraying him with a long beard and turban.

Corsetto, a former school board president in Dover, said she was not pleased to get the flier. "I'm not against free speech, but I was shocked to find stuff like this in my neighborhood," Corsetto said. "I know racism is out there in this world, but I'm particularly disturbed to believe this is happening in Morris County."

Anti-racist organizations also reacted. Etzion Neuer, director of the New Jersey office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a notorious Jewish supremacist organization, said his group has been watching Carmichael's organization for months. Two weeks ago, he said a Roxbury resident sent him a copy of a flier the group left on a driveway about illegal immigration. He said some white supremacist groups have latched onto the issue of illegal immigration because of its popularity.

And Heidi Beirich, the bovine co-director of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), said their organization has seen Internet, e-mailed threats and negative talk about Obama in the white supremacist world. She also said they've been watching the League of American Patriots since its inception.

Andrew Poag, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in New Jersey, said they have not previously encountered this group or this type of literature in New Jersey during the campaign. "These divisive and offensive fliers won't distract the Obama campaign's focus on bringing our country together and bringing the change we need to Washington, D.C.," Poag wrote in an e-mail message.

The League of American Patriots was formed on March 29th, 2008 at a meeting attended by more than 20 people at an undisclosed site in northern New Jersey, followed by a July meeting at an undisclosed Morris County park, according to the organization's website. The group is "committed to restoring America to the principles upon which it was founded. First and foremost is halting the rapid demographic decline of the European peoples in our homeland," according to the site. League members attended an immigration reform rally in Lakewood in May and what was billed as an anti-Mexican rally in Shenandoah, Pa., in August.

1 comment:

Joseph King said...

heh, the only way to stop the rapid demographic decline is to ban gay marriage, and solve the infertility crisis. illegal immigration is the least of your worries.