Protesters Fight Whites-Only Plan for N. Dakota Town
As white supremacist says demonstrators 'literally not human to me'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
Craig Cobb, 61, in Leith, ND.   (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

(Newser) – With white supremacists planning a town takeover, hundreds of people headed to Leith, North Dakota, yesterday—even taking buses to get there—to protest. They stood outside a meeting hosted by Jeff Schoep, head of the white supremacist National Socialist Movement, chanting, "No hate in our state!" the Bismarck Tribune reports. "This is not a one-time, one-day thing," a protester said. "We will be here again and again until you are gone." Craig Cobb, the white supremacist who has bought up a dozen properties in the town, population 24, said he wasn't concerned about the protesters. "They’re loud, so what? They're literally not human to me." (NPR notes Cobb gave one of the plots to Schoep, whose two-day visit to Leith ends today.)

A Nazi flag stood outside the meeting, which featured a supremacist bagpiper and was held at City Hall, the Tribune notes. But Cobb could face hurdles in very different legal arenas, Reuters and NPR note: Health officials may condemn his property because of a code-violating outdoor toilet, and an ND law professor notes that the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 could squash his all-white plans. And town residents are considering another extreme way to stop him: dissolving the town and giving up control to the county. For his part, Cobb tells CNN there is one thing that could drive him away: If officials "send four dozen Somali families to Leith."

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Sep 25, 2013 12:41 AM CDT
It would be next to impossible to implement today. When Oklahoma created their first constitution, they incorporated Jim Crow laws into it and sent it to D.C. to be signed by Teddy Roosevelt. He read it and refused to sign it and sent it back. He said remove the Jim Crow provisions. So they did that and in 1907 Oklahoma becomes a state. But in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the first state capitol, Governor Charles Haskell introduced Senate Bill #1. It outlawed Blacks having equal rights as whites or Indians. It passed. Then Oklahoma went down a road where other governors such as William Murray outlawed ownership of homes for Blacks except in an approved Black zone. That zone exists to this day except it moved 10 miles north and stayed about the same width. It means the East side of Oklahoma City to this day is still considered the Black zone. Eastern Avenue is known as Martin Luther King boulevard in this zone. Now the area famous for Black performers has totally changed in the ultimate example of gentrification this nation has seen. Deep Deuce was the home of Jimmy Rushing 5x5, Charlie Christian, Ralph Ellison, and frequent visitors such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and the old time Motown group. But that is all gone and luxury apartments now dot the zone. Supremacists can hope for an all white zone but years of litigation has honed it into a near impossible dream.
Sep 24, 2013 3:44 AM CDT
There would not be much conversation since there is no black people to complain about. In fact there would be a huge surge in suicides as they would have to face up to the fact that their sad miserable lives are their fault and not the fault of black people. I guess the left handed would have to be next in line for their bigotry.
Sep 24, 2013 3:38 AM CDT
Droney! Here Droney. I have got the perfect place for those hellfire missiles you are carrying.