Tonight, Michigan State University’s (MSU) chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) is hosting British National Party (BNP) member Nick Griffin. Nick Griffin and the BNP have a long history of racism, homophobia, holocaust denial, and anti-Muslim hatred. Young Americans for Freedom–who has been designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center–stated in its press release for the event that Griffin will speak about how “multiculturalism, mass immigration, and Islam are destroying Western civilization” and how Europe is becoming “Eurabia.” Perhaps not surprisingly given Griffin’s involvement in the larger racist right, racist groups with a presence in Michigan including American Renaissance and the Council of Conservative Citizens have promoted the discussion on their websites, as has the racist online message board Stormfront.
While Young Americans for Freedom has brought speakers to MSU before who have connections to the racist right, none of the speakers have been as closely involved with the broader racist right as Griffin. A protest has been planned to greet Griffin:
“Community Speak Out Against Racism and Injustice!
Friday, October 26th
Meet at the Rock – 6pm
(Michigan State University Campus on Farm Lane across from Bessey Hall)
March to Veterinary Medical Center
(Griffin will speak in E100 Vet Med Center)
Community Speak Out – 7pm
In front of the Vet Med Center
Nick Griffin, holocaust denier and leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP) will be speaking on campus to promote a racist agenda and divide our university and community.
THE POLITICS OF THE BNP ARE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL TREND OF RACISM AFFECTING BOTH AMERICA AND EUROPE
We reject this xenophobic speaker and feel the need to speak out against him. Join us!”
Nick Griffin is a white supremacist, a holocaust denier, is homophobic and is an all around racist. These images are just a taste of the hate that he and the British National Party (BNP) represent.
Griffin has stated that Islam is a “wicked, vicious faith” and that Muslims were turning Britain into a “multi-racial hell hole” (1).
Griffin has called the Holocaust the “Holo-Hoax” and wrote that, ‘I am well aware that orthodox opinion is that 6m Jews were gassed and cremated or turned into soup and lampshades… I have reached the conclusion that the “extermination tale is a mixture of Allied wartime propaganda, extremely profitable lie, and latter witch-hysteria’ (2).
Griffin on Islam
In a speech, British National Party leader Nick Griffin made in the Reservoir Tavern in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on 19 January 2004, in which he described Islam as a “wicked, vicious faith” and said Muslims were turning Britain into a “multi-racial hell hole”. (3)
Another Griffin speech turned to allegations of violence by Asian Muslims against whites. He said: “These 18, 19, and 25-year-old Asian Muslims who are seducing and raping white girls in this town right now are not particularly good Muslims, they drink and all the rest of it, but still part of what they are doing comes from what they are taught is acceptable.”
Griffin said Asian community leaders would condemn the attacks to the press, but not to the attackers themselves. “It’s part of their plan for conquering countries. It’s how they do it,” he said. He added that this would expand to cover the UK “as the last whites try and find their way to the sea”. (4)
In interviews, he has refused to say sorry for comments on Islam and said the “Islamification” of the West had partly happened by rape. (5)
Griffin’s Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial
In 1995, Griffin joined the BNP. He began to edit The Rune, an anti-Semitic quarterly. He also announced that the BNP should prioritize denying the Holocaust to schoolchildren.
He earned a two-year suspended prison sentence for his sick views on the Holocaust. In 1998 he was found guilty of inciting race hatred at Harrow Crown Court for denying that the Holocaust ever took place. (6)
He wrote in the Rune: ‘I am well aware that orthodox opinion is that 6m Jews were gassed and cremated or turned into soup and lampshades… I have reached the conclusion that the “extermination” tale is a mixture of Allied wartime propaganda, extremely profitable lie, and latter witch-hysteria.’
He insists the number of deaths at Auschwitz has been inflated, and is emphatic that no more than 3.5m Jews had perished under Nazi rule. (7)
A Griffin publication, “Who are the Mindbenders?”, claims to prove that the minds of British people are brainwashed through Jewish control of the media. The booklet includes a list of all known Jews working in the media as though they are working together for a joint cause. He proves Jewish control of the BBC by naming a mere 19 Jews who work for the corporation.
In 1996, Griffin launched a vicious attack on the Holocaust denier David Irving for admitting that some people might have died in the Holocaust. “True Revisionists will not be fooled by this new twist to the sorry tale of the Hoax of the Twentieth Century,” Griffin wrote. (8)
Griffin remains an ardent Holocaust denier. Even today, he still refuses to accept the Holocaust happened. In 2006 he was quoted in the Mail on Sunday as saying: “It’s well known that the chimneys from the gas chambers at Auschwitz are fake, built after the war ended.” (9)
If Griffin’s reform is not a ruse then it certainly has limits to its tolerance. In response to the protests following the Soho bomb planted by former BNP member David Copeland, Griffin wrote: ‘The footage of dozens of “gay” demonstrators flaunting their perversion in front of the world’s journalists showed just why so many ordinary people find these creatures so repulsive.’ (10)
According to the BNP 2001 general election manifesto, “native Britons”, whom it claims can only be whites, would be given priority in the job market. “Non-whites” would instantly become second-class citizens in Britain. Any black person who commits a crime would also be thrown out of the country, even those who were born here. Mixed-race relationships would be outlawed. Privately, the BNP leaders have continually reasserted their political views. “all black people will be repatriated, even if they were born here,” BNP leader Nick Griffin told Wales on Sunday in 1996. “We must preserve the white race, because it has been responsible for all the good things in civilisation.” (11)
Affiliated with Neo-Nazis
The BNP has a long relationship with William Pierce, leader of the National Alliance, one of the most hardline Nazi groups in the USA. In August 1999, Pierce addressed an American Friends of the BNP (AFBNP) meeting in Arlington, Virginia. Pierce’s articles have regularly appeared in Spearhead, and in 1995 he addressed a BNP rally in London.
The website of the American Friends of the BNP has links to openly Nazi and
BNP members are heavily involved in the violent Nazi skinhead music scene, Blood and Honour. In 1998, Blood and Honour hosted a fundraising concert for the BNP European Election campaign in Coventry. Among the audience were Nick Griffin (BNP Chairman) and Tony Lecomber (BNP Group Development Officer). (11)
Nick Griffin of the BNP has met with the National Alliance via the American friends of the British National Party, the main avenue of contact between the BNP and American Neo-Nazis.
This relationship is highlighted by comments made by the leader of the American Friends of the British National Party (AFBNP), Marc Cotterill, “It is not an American fight or a British fight or a German fight. It is a white fight, and we have got to win it.”(12)
Background on the British National Party
Heres a picture of BNP’s Founder, John Tyndall (on left) in Nazi attire in front of a swastika flag. (13)
Out of the public eye, the BNP’s “cadres” make no secret of their fascist sympathies. In a 2002 Channel 4 documentary entitled Young, Nazi, and Proud Mark Collett, the then head of the BNP’s youth organisation and a protege of Griffin, was secretly filmed declaring that “Hitler will live on forever”. Collett endorsed Griffin’s view that an openly Nazi movement was inappropriate to Britain in the early 21st century. But he insisted:
“National Socialism was the best solution for German people in the 1930s…. When people say ‘Do you take any inspiration from that?’, I mean, I honestly can’t understand how a man who’s seen the inner city hell of Britain today can’t look back on that era with a certain nostalgia and think, yeah, those people marching through the streets and all those happy people out in the streets, you know, saluting and everything, was a bad thing … would you prefer your kid growing up in Oldham and Burnley or 1930s Germany?”
In October 2004, when the BNP contested a council by-election in Dagenham, an Evening Standard reporter infiltrated their campaign. He quoted Tony Lecomber, who as we have noted was one of the earliest proponents of the current “modernising” project, expressing similar pro-Nazi sentiments to Collett’s. Lecomber asked: “Do you remember Cabaret with Liza Minnelli, the part where, one by one, the Hitler Youth, our fellas, stand up and start saluting and singing? That is right stirring that is, gets the blood up every time.”
On the eve of the 2005 general election the Yorkshire Evening Post reported details of a video made at a BNP social event “in which its members and supporters sing neo-Nazi songs, praise the leadership of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, and give Sieg Heil salutes accompanied by shouts of ‘Auschwitz!’.” One of the songs sung in the video is “a re-write of the Kenny Rogers 1969 chart hit ‘Ruby, don’t take your love to town’, except that the words have been changed to ‘Nigger, get the **** out of my town’.”(14)
bnp quote – Collett said gangs of Asian lads wanted “to wipe out white people”. He added: “I honestly don’t hate asylum seekers – these people are cockroaches and they’re doing what cockroaches do because cockroaches can’t help what they do, they just do it, like cats miaow and dogs bark. They do it because they are what they are and they’ll do what they do. The people I hate are the white politicians who have sold us down the line.”