In advance of a speech at Michigan State University (MSU) by British National Party (BNP) member Nick Griffin, there was some discussion about how Griffin’s speech was being promoted on various websites associated with the racist right, including those of American Renaissance and the Council of Conservative Citizens. In addition, the event was promoted on Stormfront, a prominent racist message board used by the racist right and its sympathizers.
The discussion of Stormfront was largely used to bring further pressure on MSU’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), with an example being postings on a blog tracking Young Americans for Freedom called YAF Watch. Following the speech, there was a little discussion on both YAF Watch and Media Mouse about Griffin’s associate Preston Wiginton who is a contributor to Stormfront.
However, Media Mouse has learned that in addition to Wiginton, at least three Stormfront members from Michigan were in attendance at Griffin’s speech. Three individuals came from the east side of the state and boasted of eating dinner with Griffin and other Stormfront members in the following post by an individual using the name “Tactical Mastery” (his profile image contains a swastika):
Looking through video footage from the event and postings by “Tactical Mastery”, it is clear that the user was present:
The user known as “Tactical Mastery” has postings similar to what can typically be found on Stormfront, including complaints about African-Americans in the media:
Racist statements towards African-Americans living in his metro Detroit region:
Weighing in on important controversies like dating people that are not white:
and even expressing concerns over his own “whiteness:”
“Tactical Mastery” said that he attended with other Stormfront members, including those going by the names “David Starr Jordan” and “Ypsilanti NA”. Looking through posts, we were able to find conformation that “David Starr Jordan” was there, as shown in the following screen grab from the event and post from Stormfront:
Earlier discussion of Stormfront members attending the Griffin lecture has previously been used primarily to discount MSU’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, rather than as a vehicle for discussing how YAF and Nick Griffin fit into a larger rightwing context. The presence of these individuals should not be used simply to discount YAF, but rather to show that Nick Griffin is firmly rooted in the racist right and that his speech would be of interest primarily to racists.
On Stormfront, a common topic of discussion is how many posters are not willing to be “active” in the racist movement, instead spending most of their time on the Internet rather than doing organizing or educational work. The Stormfront members who were present at the Griffin event are active participants in the racist right. In the picture above, “David Starr Jordan” and “Tactical Mastery” were shown preparing leaflets for distribution on Eastern Michigan University’s campus. The leaflets came from a group called “The Nationalist Coalition” a so-called “white activist organization” that calls for a “White living space… completely free of non-Whites” as one of its “goals.” The leaflets were distributed as part of an event organized by Stormfront members called “Night of the Flyer” in which members were encouraged to distribute “pro-White” material in their communities. In addition to Ypsilanti, flyers were also distributed in Muskegon by another Stormfront member.
Aside from the leafleting at Eastern Michigan University, it is worth noting that “David Starr Jordan”–who’s name appears to be “Evan Thomas” based on several posts and articles attributed to him on Stormfront–is an active member of the organized racist movement at the national level. This year, Thomas spoke at a gathering of white supremacists in New York, where he was described as one of the “up-and-coming leaders of a new wave of white supremacy” by the Village Voice.
Indeed, Thomas has a long history of involved in the racist movement and has organized several events in Michigan. He was involved with the European American Association, a group that has brought Canadian racist Paul Fromm and John de Nugent (who has been affiliated with the Holocaust denial organization known as The Institute for Historical Review) to Michigan. Moreover, Thomas has been involved in a number of racist groups including the European American Unity and Rights Organization, the National Alliance, the League of the South, the National Vanguard news website, and his own Soldiers of the Confederacy discussion board:
In addition, through his organizing in Michigan and involvement in organized racism, Thomas has connections with prominent racists, including David Duke and his self-proclaimed “friend and mentor” John de Nugent:
On Stormfront, Thomas has written fairly extensively and while a considerably more detailed post would be needed to fully explore his ideology, the following posts show that he is a “white nationalist” and a possible Holocaust denier:
Finally, another member identified as attending the event with Thomas and “Tactical Mastery” was “Ypsilanti NA”. That poster also has been involved with organized racism and has been active with the National Alliance and attended a recent meeting organized by the Council of Conservative Citizens that featured prominent racists Jared Taylor and J. Philippe Rushton:
By inviting Griffin to campus, these are exactly the type of people that Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) could have expected to attract. Griffin–more than any of YAF’s other speakers–has direct ties to the organized racist movement. It seems impossible that YAF could have been unaware of Griffin’s racism (even if they did perceive them to be “allegations” rather than specific examples) and now it is clear that their event brought not only a racist to speak, but members of the organized racist movement to Michigan State University’s campus.