Showing posts with label Nazism. Show all posts
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June 8, 2020

For Those Who Don't Know History Will Make The Same Stupidity: German Neo's Getting Training in Russia

Hungary's far right linked to Russia | New Europe


German neo-Nazis have been getting military-style training at camps run by a far-right Russian terrorist organization, German media reported Friday, in the latest sign of deepening international cooperation between white supremacist networks.
Citing intelligence sources, German news magazine Focus reported that the extremists had attended a camp held near Saint Petersburg, where they were shown how to use weapons and explosives, and received close combat training.  
The training camp, known as Partizan, is run by the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), an ultranationalist, quasi-paramilitary organization which claims to be fighting for the “predominance of the white race.” 
The U.S. government added RIM to its list of specially designated global terrorist groups in April — the first time it had taken such action against a white supremacist organization — saying it had “provided paramilitary-style training to white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Europe.”
Encyclopedia of hate: A look at the neo-Nazi militant movements ...
 They want free speech, you know like Trump on Twitter but for us and the news"Keep Quiet"
The Russian government considers RIM to be extremist, but has not banned the group.
The German extremists who attended the camp belonged to the youth wings of two fringe German political parties widely considered to be neo-Nazi movements: the National Democratic Party and The Third Path. The Focus report did not provide further details of their attendance at the camp, but said that extremists from Sweden and Finland had previously attended the camps and gone on to fight in pro-separatist militias in eastern Ukraine.
Experts told VICE News that the German attendance at the camp highlighted the growing cooperation between white supremacist groups internationally, as they sought to build relationships with allies in other countries.
“It signals that RIM is a critical node in the transnational white supremacy extremist movement,” said Mollie Saltskog, intelligence analyst at The Soufan Group. “RIM is going beyond networking and ideology, and is actually providing paramilitary training to individuals who adhere to this violent ideology." 
Kacper Rekawek, an affiliated researcher for the Counter Extremism Project, said that Russia and Ukraine had become important hubs for the transnational white supremacist movement, where permissive government attitudes towards militant far-right groups has effectively created a safe space for extremists to network or receive military-style training.
“I don’t think these [German] guys would be able to do this sort of thing anywhere in Europe,” he told VICE News. 
Like Ukraine’s far-right Azov movement, RIM’s standing in the international white supremacist scene has been boosted by its involvement in the war in Ukraine, where its military wing, the “Imperial Legion,” fought on the side of pro-Russian separatists. 
Rekawek said RIM had acted as a “conveyor belt” for fighters into the Ukraine conflict, amplifying its appeal to extremists from other countries who wanted to increase their capacity for violence.
“They have the street cred,” he said. “They’re saying, ‘We’ve got the experience, we’re the real deal.’”
While no Americans are known to have participated in the camps, RIM has also forged ties with American white supremacists. According to a report by The Soufan Center, RIM developed close ties with Matthew Heimbach, founder of the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Worker Party in the U.S., and an organizer of the infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heimbach, who claims to have renounced his white nationalist views, welcomed a RIM delegation to the U.S. in 2017, and had reportedly received invitations to train with RIM, said Saltskog.
She said the main fear of intelligence services was that the extremists would return home and carry out acts of violence in their own countries, like two Swedish neo-Nazis, Viktor Melin and Anton Thulin, who attended an 11-day RIM training camp in August 2016, before carrying out a series of terrorist attacks in the Swedish city of Gothenburg a few months later. 
According to the State Department, which cited the Swedish bombings as a justification for designating RIM a terrorist organization, the Swedish prosecutor who dealt with their case found RIM was responsible for radicalizing them into action and giving them the expertise to carry out the attacks.
“The tacit knowledge transfer, for example when it comes to bomb-making … presents a great threat to the countries these individuals are from,” said Saltskog. She said the latest report out of Germany was further evidence that the U.S. decision to sanction RIM as a global terrorist group was justified.
“In my opinion, the threat is no different than if a German or Swede would travel to participate in an ISIS or al-Qaeda training camp.”
Cover: A picture taken on February 28, 2015 shows a member of the Russian Imperial Movement, a nationalist group in Russia, walking close to a banner reading "God.Tsar.Nation.We are Russians, God with us" at a training base in Saint Petersburg. (Photo: OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images)

October 25, 2019

Young Neo Nazi Who Fought NY Protesters Got Enough Years To Get Better or Get More Latter

The Judge mentioned the history of the '30s and that was an issue he considers before sending these two to jail. He mentioned how it started in Germany and it was by people beating others that did not agree and beating them on the streets to the point to silent them. The judge said this was not going to happen in New York City like it happened in Berlin.

When you know history you know how to avoid the mistakes of the past. Why someone did not teach to Donald is behind me. The family had the money and teachers to teach him well. But money was more of a calling than history or good teachers. This formula did not even work because Donald is never been swimming in money. That is why good relations with world leaders where he plans to do business with is more important than a desk job that will possibly go away after 4 yrs or before. Putin, He can make Trump a king! Turkey, well Trump is already trapped with the business there. He would sell anyone to the Turks and if his father was alive and his dad would be proud. The money is the law to follow because there are no term limits to make money just he and his family never stopped after Trump went to the white house. They don't believe in that. Why say they did and were going to put his business in trust and so forth. They believe, all of them lying in the search of money is a good thing. Trump never knew the history and if he did he could have accommodated his anxiety for money and not have to sell this nation out so deep into this Putin, and Turkey's ass. Who is going to find us in five years? A military man or woman that knows both how to be an executive and how the military operates. 

 Two members of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist street-fighting gang, will spend four years in prison for brawling with protesters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan last year. 
Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, were sentenced Tuesday by State Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer, who said that the hefty sentence was, in part, intended to discourage extremists from rallying in New York in the future.  
“I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the '30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead without any type of check from the criminal justice system,” Dwyer said, according to the Times.“We don’t want that to happen in New York… especially at this time in the country when people are so divided.” 
The melee occurred in October 2018, after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club. MAGA-hatted Proud Boys wearing their trademark black-and-yellow Fred Perry polo shirts roamed the streets, shouting homophobic slurs and beating up protesters. 
Hare and Kinsman were convicted in August on charges of rioting, attempted assault, and attempted gang assault in August. 
Prosecutors had to rely on video footage of the violence to secure a conviction, because the four victims, who were masked, didn’t testify or talk to police. Based on the video, they concluded that Kinsman was the most violent of the group, and Hare threw the first punches. 
Surveillance and bystander video showed multiple Proud Boys brutalizing protesters and passersby. In one video, a Proud Boy is overheard bragging about kicking a “foreigner” in the head. 
“The defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle royale, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence," Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said after their conviction in August.  
Ten men in total connected to the Proud Boys were arrested in relation to the incident. Two of those men took plea deals and were given community services, one case is pending, and others who pleaded guilty have received sentences between 40 weekends and three months in prison. 
The Proud Boys has been tied to violent clashes elsewhere in the U.S., including in Portland, Oregon. They describe their members as “Western chauvinists” and have been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on account of their misogyny and white nationalist views. 
Disclosure: The Proud Boys organization was founded by Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of VICE Media. McInnes left VICE in 2008 and has not been involved in the company since.
Cover: Maxwell Hare, left, and John Kinsman, arrive at court, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in New York. The two members of the far-right Proud Boys group are on trial this week for their roles in a violent clash with left-wing protesters in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

March 27, 2019

Krispy Kreme and Panera Admit Their Nazi Ancestors Use Slave Labor During WWII

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The family that owns well-known consumer brands like Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Keurig Dr. Pepper and Panera Bread say their Nazi ancestors used slave labor during World War II.

The Reimann family, which owns the controlling stake in JAB Holdings and is reportedly one of the richest families in Germany, will donate €10 million, or $11 million, to a yet-undisclosed charity after a three-year investigation that it commissioned discovered details of their ancestors' behavior.
A family spokesperson said Albert Reimann Sr., who died in 1954, and Albert Reimann Jr., who died in 1984, used Russian civilian prisoners and French prisoners of war as forced labor in their factories during the war, and that they were anti-Semites and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler.  

The investigation also found that Reimann Sr. donated to Hitler's paramilitary SS force as early as 1931.
Investigators also found a letter from Reimann Jr. to a local mayor complaining that the French prisoners of war weren't working hard enough and should be in prison.

"Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty. The two businessmen have passed away, but they actually belonged in prison," said Peter Haft, the chairman and one of the managing partners of JAB Holdings, in an interview with German publication Bild. "We were ashamed and white as sheets. There is nothing to gloss over. These crimes are disgusting." A family spokesperson confirmed the quote to CNN Business.

The family expects to publish a book next year that will detail the ties. 
JAB Holdings, which is based in Luxembourg, also owns Peet's Coffee, Pret A Manger, Einstein's Bagels and Coty. 

The company acquired most of its best-known brands within the last several years. It took a stake in Coty in the early 1990s and is the beauty company's largest shareholder.

November 27, 2018

Jury Selection Begins For The Supremacist Trump Man That Drove Car Into Crowd Killing Heather Heyer

Jury selection begins today in the trial of the man accused of ramming his car through a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. James Alex Fields, Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer, and faces additional charges of malicious wounding.
One of those wounded was Star Peterson. When the August 12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally erupted in violence, Peterson was with a multi-racial group of counter-protesters marching downtown. She didn't see the gray Dodge Challenger coming from behind, accelerating down a hill on a narrow one-way street.
"I just heard three bumps," she recalls. "Two of them were his left tires going over my leg."
Star Peterson was injured when a car rammed into a crowd in August, 2017, during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
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Sporting neon-pink pigtails and a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, 38-year-old Peterson now uses a cane for walking. She's had five surgeries and has not been able to go back to work due to the severity of her injuries.
"He broke both of my legs, two parts of my spine, and one rib and then [I] also had a pretty big laceration that had to be sewn up," she says.
Peterson plans to testify at the trial.
"I need to do something for Heather other than just lay flowers at her grave and if I can be part of prosecuting the person who killed her then that's something I can do for her memory," says Peterson.  
Authorities say Fields, a 21-year old white man from Ohio, deliberately plowed his car into the anti-racist demonstration and say he had earlier participated in the rally with chants promoting white supremacy.Image result for Fields, a 21-year old white man from Ohio,
Fields have pleaded not guilty. His court-appointed defense attorney, Denise Lunsford, declined to comment on the case.
Lunsford has sought to have the trial moved outside of Charlottesville, arguing the impact of the event on local residents and widespread publicity will prevent Fields from getting a fair and reasonable trial.
Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore has taken the defense motion for a change of venue under advisement. He says if an impartial jury cannot be found from the large jury pool of 360 people, he will revisit the matter.
Key evidence from prosecutors will include graphic videos shared on social media by witnesses.
"I feel like the court's going to be watching my daughter die again, over and over and over," says Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother.
She's ready to get the trial over with and hopes selecting a jury won't prove to be an issue.
"I want them to have a completely fair and impartial trial," she says. "I don't want to have to redo this 15 times."
She says she feels like the process could go on for years if there are appeals. But no matter what happens, she wants to see the case through.
"I have never hated Mr. Fields because I felt like he's in the hands of justice now," says Bro. "But I do pray that justice prevails here."
The broader community is also looking for justice as it seeks to reconcile the forces that made Charlottesville shorthand for racial strife.
"Where we go from here I don't I don't know," says Don Gathers, co-founder of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.
Don Gathers, a deacon at historic First Baptist Church and co-founder of the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter.
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"We've got to figure out how to make Charlottesville more than just a hash tag again, and more than just a blip on the racist history of this country," he says.
Gathers has served on several citizen advisory panels — including the city's Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces.
He says there's been an awakening that this is the focus of a new civil rights battle.
"We've reached a point now that we've got to stop having the conversations about race and start talking about the real elephant in the room which is racism."
Addressing systemic racism is a goal of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. It's raised over a million dollars for the Heal Charlottesville Fund.
"Part of what we heard from our community that was needed for the healing was opportunities to act, opportunities to really be good and honest about our collective history," says Foundation President Brennan Gould. "And also to start to act in ways that that will help address the impacts of that history."
The foundation has funded an initiative to increase teacher diversity for instance and to improve security in the Jewish Community. Gould says the ongoing focus is helping injured survivors with myriad needs including rent, utilities, medical bills, and counseling.
"It seemed like the world had moved on in a way," she says. "And yet people were still very much living and dealing with the consequence of that tragedy."
One way the fund helps survivors is through a grant to social worker Matthew Christensen at Partner for Mental Health. He serves as a navigator, helping people deal with things like filling out disability applications or finding accessible housing.
"It's a lot of whatever they need," says Christensen.
Right now they need help coping with the trial, which he says could be re-traumatizing. But Christensen says the trial itself is an opportunity for accountability.
"For the perpetrator to face real consequences because that's something that people struggle with — not seeing the organizers like Jason Kessler or Richard Spencer face real consequences legally for organizing this rally."
Four rally participants have been convicted related to the violence, but rally organizers have not been charged with any crime. The organizers face a civil lawsuit, however, brought by Charlottesville residents who sued under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.
Survivor Star Peterson is bracing for her testimony in Fields' trial. But she thinks justice will be elusive.
"There can't really be justice," Peterson says. "We can't undo what's been done. We can't bring Heather back."
If convicted on the Virginia charges, Fields could be sentenced up to life in prison.
He's also been indicted on federal hate crime charges, which allow for the death penalty.

October 30, 2017

Gay Concentration Camps in Russia and Neo Nazis in Florida-Next: Where You Are

Maxim Lapunov spoke out about Chechnya’s “gay concentration camps.”
This week a courageous young man named Maxim Lapunov, 30, came forward in Moscow to detail his experiences of torture at the hands of Chechen authorities, in what have become known as Chechnya’s “gay concentration camps.” 

I'm not sure why reports are still putting concentration camps in inverted commas. We already know that they exist, that since April 2017 at least 100 gay men have been arrested and many killed in the Russian region. Lapunov himself was brutally tortured in one of these detention centers for twelve days.
Two men he didn't know bundled him into a car earlier this year and took him to a cell that was already blood soaked. Then the beatings began. “They burst in every 10 or 15 minutes shouting that I was gay and they would kill me,” he told the press conference arranged by human rights activists last week. 
“Then they beat me with a stick for a long time. In the legs, ribs, buttocks, and back. When I started to fall, they pulled me up and carried on. Every day they assured me they would kill me, and told me how.”
At night he couldn't sleep due to all the terrifying screams he heard from nearby cells. When he was finally released he couldn't walk for days. Every night they had brought in a new captive he said, and every night a new torture session began. 
Because Lapunov was an ethnic Russian he was assured by Chechen authorities that he would not be beaten as badly as native Chechens. They did not electrocute him with wires as they did their own countrymen. Instead, they forced him to watch other detainees being beaten and bloodied.
Human rights groups have detailed the cases of at least 15 detainees who “were released to their relatives and have since disappeared without a trace,” raising the suspicion of “honor killings” by their own families. Kill them before we do, they are reportedly told.
Meanwhile, Russia’s independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has published a list of the names of 27 men, executed in a single night in Grozny on January 25, 2017.
Because Russian authorities have reportedly made no serious attempt to investigate these charges, Lapunov made the decision to come forward last week, putting a face to the allegations. He is risking his own life to do this. But he feels he had no choice but to go public. This year, for the first time since Nazi Germany, people on the European continent are being targeted for extermination based on their sexuality alone.
One survivor of a camp located at a former military base in Argun claimed he was tortured and interrogated by the Chechen officials themselves. They had used a hookup app on his phone to lure him into their trap, then they tried to use his contacts to identify and arrest his contacts.If this sounds a page from the Nazi playbook, that's because it is.
In the 1930s, when fascists began to target out-groups for detention, torture, and extermination, many people told themselves they were not directly affected. Yes, the wider atmosphere was being poisoned by their propaganda, but they did not anticipate that the doses would be slowly increased until they resulted in millions dead.
If we keep looking the other way when fascists arrive in our public squares with their burning Tiki Torches, they can assume we no longer oppose them so vehemently, they can even assume we may secretly share some of their aims.
Sadly we don't even need to look overseas now to recognize the growing threat. Last week three neo-Nazi's were charged with attempted homicide here in the United States after they shot at protesters outside an event hosted by white supremacist Richard Spencer at Florida State University. Flyer campaigns by fascist groups have become more common across the country this year. Now they march without hoods or masks. They clearly believe their time has come. So the time has come for us all to decide what we stand for too. If we thought we'd still have a little longer to figure it out that's too bad. If we thought we weren't directly threatened by the forces that are gathering around the globe that's too bad too. We are all of us threatened by the global resurgence of fascism. The moment is here. Now.
This simple truth needs to be remembered: fascism is an inherently violent ideology. It does not seek to live in peace with its neighbors because it will not. What it wants is to remove, first by threats and intimidation, then by violence or extermination, all threats to its total dominance. Today they are targeting the most vulnerable. That's how all of this starts. Tomorrow it will be you.

August 21, 2017

Some Liberty U. Grads Returned Their Diplomas-Graduates Not Aware What "Falwell" Represents?

 Anti Gay, Anti black, anti equality Rev. Falwell honors Trump in this picture as he is invited to speak at Liberty University. Some politicians like Ronald Reagan whose presidency gave roots to the "Silent Majority" formed by Jerry Falwell Sr.  became visibly close to Falwell while running but distanced some after winning. At the time of Falwell Sr
 anti gay and so called family values gained strength in the South. The closeness to the clan at the time was a well known secret but Reagan ignore it. By the time Trump won the Presidency, this fact was well known as some went to some of his rallies wearing the dunce hats. Trump felt they had contributed to his winning and that he owe them. It is clear Trump wanted to be President so bad and found it so unreachable at times (he himself has said as much) he was willing to accept help from wherever he could get it. Be Russia or be the Clan. After all he had always like Russia who helped him when his casino's starting going bad to pay some of his debt to keep investing and making money and with the Ms.Universe Pageant. Trump hated the name and the man Barack Obama. He could not believe a black man and then a black whose father was born outside of the US would become President. He started the birther movement (a racist organization making it clear a black should not be president, he was not a real American) knowing better than most people Obama was born in Hawaii and had been born a US citizen thru birth and family of his mother which were whites. But he knew if he could break up the political voting habits of poor blacks and poor whites he could split up the black and white collision. He eventually did not only got the poor white vote but the more educated white men vote. Still not enough to win, still he needed more help and it would come from outside the US.  The bigger issue here is not why students returned their diplomas but why a religious , homophobic anti black University got its accreditation? Through political contributions, which is wrong.

 This University which pay no taxes is the best example of why they should.  No religion should be preaching and teaching anti American rhetoric on the American dime. Allowing Islamic, or Protestant, or followers of any religion should not have accreditation for Universities and schools when they are teaching against the values of the Constitution and its amendments. Free speech is fine but accrediting a teaching institution is not a right but a privilege controlled by requirements. 
Adam Gonzalez

A group of alumni from one of the country's most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school's president for his continued alignment with President Trump.

A small but growing number of Liberty University graduates are preparing to return diplomas to their school. The graduates are protesting university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s ongoing support for Trump. They began organizing after Trump's divisive remarks about the deadly white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Va.

Chris Gaumer, a former Student Government Association president and 2006 graduate, said it was a simple decision.

"I'm sending my diploma back because the president of the United States is defending Nazis and white supremacists," Gaumer said. "And in defending the president's comments, Jerry Falwell Jr. is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit."

Liberty graduate Chris Gaumer said that "Jerry Falwell Jr. is making himself and, it seems to me, the university he represents, complicit," with President Trump's comments about white supremacists.
Courtesy of Chris Gaumer

Trump has been criticized — including by many Republicans — for a series of statements after an anti-racist counterprotester was killed by an alleged Nazi sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd.

Trump initially responded by blaming "many sides" for the violence, and then made a statement condemning white supremacists, before eventually giving an off-the-cuff statement in which he claimed that there were "very fine people on both sides."

Falwell responded the next day with a tweet praising Trump's statement and adding, "So proud of @realdonaldtrump."

Falwell later followed up with a tweet calling white supremacists, Nazis, and other hate groups "pure evil and un-American."

In January 2016, Falwell became one of the earliest evangelical leaders to endorse the billionaire candidate, at a time when many conservative Christian leaders were expressing concern about Trump's multiple marriages and past support for abortion rights.

Last October, some Liberty students circulated a petition opposing Trump after the release of a 2005 Access Hollywood video where he could be heard bragging about groping women without their consent. Students also criticized Falwell for defending Trump.

Falwell invited Trump to give the first commencement speech of his term as president to Liberty University graduates. During his remarks, President Trump thanked evangelicals for their support at the voting booth last November.

Falwell isn't alone among his evangelical peers in continuing to stand with the president. In recent days, multiple members of Trump's evangelical advisory board have publicly condemned white supremacy, though most have stopped short of criticizing the president by name.

Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man
Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

A university spokesman told NPR that Falwell "wants to make it clear that he considers all hate groups evil and condemns them in every sense of the word."

In a group letter being prepared to be sent to university officials, several alumni declare their intention to return their diplomas and call for Falwell to repudiate Trump's remarks:

"While this state of affairs has been in place for many months, the Chancellor's recent comments on the attack upon our neighbors in Charlottesville have brought our outrage and our sorrow to a boiling point. During the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, white supremacists, nationalists, and neo-Nazis perpetrated brutal violence against anti-racist protesters, murdering one woman and injuring many. Instead of condemning racist and white nationalist ideologies, Mr. Trump provided equivocal and contradictory comments. 

The Chancellor then characterized Mr. Trump's remarks, which included the claim that some of the persons marching as white nationalists and white supremacists at the rally were 'very fine people,' as 'bold' and 'truthful.' This is incompatible with Liberty University's stated values, and incompatible with a Christian witness."

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that," said Georgia Hamann.
Courtesy of Georgia Hamann
Georgia Hamann, a 2006 alumna and an attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., helped pen the letter.

"We're asking that Liberty University return to its stated values and accept that the pursuit of power is leading it into some dark places, and really repudiate that," she said. "The word in Baptist and evangelical circles is 'repent.'... You know, truly a turning away from wrong conduct."

Alumni who can't find their diplomas are being asked to sign the group letter or write individual letters to Falwell expressing their concerns.

Some Liberty graduates see Falwell's association with Trump as both a personal liability and a moral embarrassment. Rebekah Tilley graduated from Liberty in 2002 and now works in higher education in Iowa.

"I was to the point where I didn't even want to include my alma mater on my resume when I was applying for jobs, just because I think that can be so loaded," Tilley said. "There's such a strong affiliation now between Liberty University and President Trump that you know that reflects badly on all alumni."

For Doug Johnson Hatlem, a 1999 graduate who now works as a Mennonite pastor in Ontario, Canada, Charlottesville feels like a tipping point for many alumni who have been concerned about the university's association with Trump.

"It really is a watershed moment to have people openly chanting Nazi chants ... holding white supremacist signs, and carrying weapons along with all of that, and killing somebody, injuring many in the process," he said. "For there not to be an unconditional condemnation of that kind of action and behavior is just completely anathema."

Johnson Hatlem said returning diplomas is an important symbolic statement.

"I'll have to have my mom dig it out of storage," he said. "But I do plan to send back my diploma to Liberty."


Matthew Colligan, An American Nazi Who Never Had to pay a Price for Spreading Hate, Not Anymore

 Matthew Colligan (center with mustache) marched through the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Friday night.

The photograph is as chilling as it is unforgettable: a sea of young white faces, lit by torches and inflamed by hatred.

The picture was taken in Charlottesville, Va. But the hate? At least some of that has its roots in Boston. 

When Dicky Stock first saw that now-infamous photo from last weekend’s violent rally, a face jumped out at him: The mustachioed guy in the second row was unmistakably his former Brighton neighbor and onetime friend. That, he knew instantly, was Matt Colligan.

“I considered him a friend,” said Stock, a comedian who now lives in Los Angeles. “He would come over and drink beers on our porch with us.” That was in 2011, and there was no inkling, Stock said, that his neighbor, who has spent the last several years living in and around Boston, would become one of the most recognizable faces of a white supremacist movement. 

“He was a very nice guy, I really liked him,” Stock said. “There was no sign he was going to get into this disgusting stuff.”

On Twitter, where he is known as @Millennial_Matt, Colligan cultivated an insipid notoriety, palling around with a right wing “comedian” known online by the nom de idiot Baked Alaska. The poster known as @Millennial_Matt once compared Auschwitz to a five-star resort and devoted a lot of time to trolling the right-wing men’s group the Proud Boys, evidently for not being far enough to the right.

In one video, he sidles up to Senator Elizabeth Warren under the pretenses of taking a selfie. Once he’s in position, Colligan smiles through his mustache and happily recites what has become his catch phrase: “Hitler did nothing wrong.” 

In Charlottesville, Colligan pulled the same stunt with Elle Reeve, the Vice correspondent behind a searing documentary about last weekend’s unrest. As he blurts his Holocaust denial, Reeve appears to realize what’s happening and dives out of the picture.

Until Stock outed him, Millennial_Matt was another anonymous Internet troll, spreading hate without consequences and saying increasingly outrageous things to get a rise out of people.

How much of his shtick is trolling for attention and how much was deeply held racism is impossible to know, if that even matters. Many a racist has sought to obscure his ideology in a cloud of LOL JKs. But once you show up among the chanting, torch-bearing crowd, then you own the full-throated white supremacy that comes with it.

In liberal Boston, Colligan could blend in — another skinny, white, twentysomething Allston hipster with a silly mustache. But if you believed the audience for white nationalist speakers at Saturday’s “free speech” rally in Boston would be coming from someplace else, consider Matt Colligan.

Colligan did not respond to requests for comment through various channels. But his Instagram account, “allstonninja,” confirms that Colligan and Millennial_Matt are one and the same. Several of the same photos appear on both the Instagram account and Millennial_Matt’s Twitter account, though the allstonninja is largely devoted in recent years to (I swear I’m not making this up) selfies taken with a hairless cat named Igor. “Allstonninja” at one point also posted what was plainly his own driver’s license photo. He cropped out his name but not his birthdate — a birthdate that RMV records show matches Matthew Colligan’s.

Colligan’s current address isn’t listed, but his driving record and Instagram photos suggest he remains in the Boston area.

Though he initially had some reservations about outing his former friend, Stock decided to identify him on Facebook as the man in the Charlottesville photo. Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from consequences, and the same Constitution that gives Colligan the right to shout his Holocaust denial and march alongside neo-Nazis gives Stock the right to tell the world who he is.

Soon after though, others posted phone numbers and addresses for Colligan that were either outdated or incorrect.

One home address that circulated had belonged to his mother years ago; a man in Illinois started getting death threats on his cellphone, which a database had incorrectly linked to Colligan.

After initially responding with taunts — he posted what he said was his “real” home address, the site of a Jewish temple in Boston — Colligan soon turned serious. In a video posted on Twitter, Colligan pleaded for the future of the country he’d been helping to tear apart.

“What’s happening today is horrible,” Colligan said. “This is a very dark time for America.”

Millennial_Matt is gone now. Not long after I reached out to him for this column, he tweeted that he had received death threats police deemed credible, and wrote that his family was in danger. Then he abruptly deleted his Twitter account. Police in the town where his mother lives said they were aware of the situation but did not confirm the specifics.

“I’m usually a jokester. I do a lot of comedy,” Colligan said in the video, visibly emotional. “But there’s nothing funny about threatening people’s lives, threatening people’s families.”

Publicly, at least, it was the first true thing he’d said in a long time.
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