The White Nationalist community suffered a tragedy on April 22nd, 2010 when Richard Barrett, the longtime leader of the Nationalist Movement, was found dead after a fire at his home in Rankin County, Mississippi. As of this post, Barrett's Nationalist.org website is still online. Media stories from WLBT Channel 3, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and WJTV Channel 12; news video embedded below:
A neighbor spotted the fire at Barrett's home around 7:45 A.M. and called the fire department. When they responded to 227 East Petros Road, in Rankin County, they found smoke coming from inside the house and Barrett's body inside. Investigators on the scene include an FBI representative, but foul play is not yet officially suspected.
Update: A new Associated Press story indicates that stab wounds were found on Barrett's body, and that a Negro male, Vincent McGee, has been arrested after authorities executed a search warrant. See updated post HERE for many more details.
Richard Barrett founded the Nationalist Movement after moving to Mississippi in 1966. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor and for Congress. In 1994 he spearheaded a movement to get Governor Kirk Fordice to pardon Byron de la Beckwith, who was convicted for the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers. More recently, Barrett embarked on a strategy to confront those who misrepresent the White Nationalist community in court, winning victories in a York, PA case. He also led a Jena Justice Rally in Jena, Louisiana on MLK Day in 2008 to counter the orchestrated publicity favoring the Jena Six thugs. Earlier this year, Barrett was also involved in efforts at Ole Miss to bring back Colonel Reb as the school’s mascot. More details on his life provided by Wikipedia.
But Richard Barrett was not held in universal acclaim within the White Nationalist community; this 2005 Stormfront thread is an example of some of the criticism directed towards him. He was periodically critical of some of the more prominent leaders, and they returned the favor; Alex Linder declared an unofficial "embargo" on any mention of Barrett's name on the Vanguard News Network Forum. Barrett was also targeted by the enemies of our race, to include the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.