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He Took Control of Neo-Nazi Group, Died Months Later

Black activist James Stern was 55

(Newser) - Earlier this year James Stern, a black California pastor and activist, "outsmarted" a neo-Nazi group, became its director and president , and ultimately planned to "destroy it." But Stern died before that happened, CNN reports. Stern's attorney and a friend say the 55-year-old died at home, where... More »

Tenn. University Finds 'It's OK to Be White' Signs

Signs cover memorial for first African-American students at East Tennessee State University

(Newser) - East Tennessee State University is the latest college campus hit by a white supremacist campaign started by an internet group. "I am disgusted by this act," Brian Noland, university president, says in a statement cited by NBC News . That act: signs proclaiming "It's OK to be... More »

He Unnerved a Neighborhood in 2016. Now, an Unnerving Arrest

Feds say Conor Climo plotted to attack Jews, LGBT bar patrons in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Jews in synagogues and LGBT bar patrons were allegedly a Las Vegas man's targets—and he was working up a plan to attack them, the FBI says. NBC News reports 23-year-old Conor Climo was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, which a Justice Department release... More »

Inmate Charged in DA Murder Plot: He'll Get 'F---ing Pizza'

Alleged gang member Billie Allen wanted to take out Colorado DA, authorities say

(Newser) - An overheard conversation between inmates in a Colorado jail sounded on the surface like a casual chat about a pizza delivery. But upon closer listen, a deputy realized something more chilling was afoot, and now an alleged gang member has been charged with plotting to murder the Weld County district... More »

Aide Reacts After Media Links Trump, NZ Shooter

Mick Mulvaney speaks out against reference to shooter's manifesto

(Newser) - A top White House official said Sunday President Trump "is not a white supremacist" and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are "absurd," per the AP . Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, described the New Zealand shooter as a "disturbed... More »

Mosque Killing Suspect Makes Hand Gesture in Court

Brenton Tarrant is believed to have made a white power signal

(Newser) - The hand symbol may say it all. The alleged killer of least 49 people at two New Zealand mosques smirked in court Saturday and made a symbol—an "OK" gesture with the thumb and index fingers forming a circle—that many are taking as a white power sign, Sky... More »

Neo-Nazi Group's New Leader Is Black Activist

James Stern has vowed to dismantle NSM

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black civil rights activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to... More »

White Supremacist Nabbed After Reaching Central America

Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo was 'brought back' to US

(Newser) - Four members of a California-based white supremacist group said to promote racism and fighting have been charged with inciting violence at protests throughout California last year. Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo, 28, was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after returning from Central America, while Robert Boman, 25,... More »

Black Lawmaker: Gun Control Led to My Quitting

Kiah Morris reveals more about why she stepped down

(Newser) - Vermont's state legislature only had one female black lawmaker. Now, there are none—because Kiah Morris quit last month amid a rash of apparent vandalism, home invasions, and racially fueled threats. "There were individuals in the community and throughout the state that we were finding were parts of... More »

Coast Guard Guy 'Removed' for This Hand Gesture

Many on Twitter took it as a 'white power' sign

(Newser) - A Coast Guard member has been removed from the response to Tropical Storm Florence for flashing what some took as a white-power sign, the Washington Post reports. During a live MSNBC Coast Guard briefing, the man—sporting a crew cut at a desk in the background—looks at the camera... More »

Lots of Cops, Peaceful Events Mark Rally Anniversary

Three people are arrested on a mostly reflective day in Charlottesville

(Newser) - Charlottesville, Virginia, marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence with marches, vigils, and other community events that began unfolding peacefully Saturday amid a heavy police presence, the AP reports. As many businesses in a popular downtown shopping district began to open Saturday, law enforcement officers outnumbered visitors.... More »

Neo-Nazi Group Celebrated Murder of Gay Jewish Teen

ProPublica takes a chilling look into the inner workings of Atomwaffen Division, or AWD

(Newser) - The body of a 19-year-old U of Penn student was found last month in a California park, and as details of Blaze Bernstein's murder continue to emerge, so, too, does a disturbing picture of suspected killer Sam Woodward, 20, and the white supremacist group he's said to belong... More »

He Was Busted at Train's Controls. Now, Terror Charges

FBI says it found weapons, ammo, white supremacist materials at Taylor Wilson's home

(Newser) - A white supremacist accused of stopping an Amtrak train in Nebraska has been charged with terrorism. Documents unsealed Wednesday in US District Court in Lincoln show 26-year-old Taylor Wilson of St. Charles, Mo., is charged with terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems, the AP... More »

Charlottesville Police Chief Steps Down

Al Thomas was sharply criticized for his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in August

(Newser) - The police chief of Charlottesville, Va., abruptly retired today, four months after a rally held by white nationalists in the city turned deadly and two weeks after a city-commissioned review slammed the police department for its response. Alfred Thomas had served as chief of police since May 23, 2016, CBS... More »

White Nationalist to Speak at UF. His Cost: $10K. UF's Cost: $500K

Richard Spencer event scheduled for Oct. 19

(Newser) - As one university faces a lawsuit over its refusal to host white nationalist Richard Spencer, another is reluctantly conceding to the idea. The University of Florida says it will allow Spencer to speak on its campus on Oct. 19 in what will be the alt-right leader's first college event... More »

University of Virginia Got Money From KKK. Here's How It's Using It

'I hope any remaining members of the KKK will appreciate the irony'

(Newser) - In 1921, the Ku Klux Klan pledged $1,000 to the University of Virginia. That amount, in today's dollars, would be about $12,400, and with that in mind, the university is allocating an equivalent amount, $12,500, to the Charlottesville Patient Support Fund, which will be used to... More »

ESPN Host Assailed for Calling Trump 'White Supremacist'

White House says 'SportsCenter' host Jemele Hill's comments are a 'fireable offense'

(Newser) - An ESPN host who tweeted about President Trump is finding herself in the White House's crosshairs, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling the comments a "fireable offense," per CNN . The offending tweet by SportsCenter host Jemele Hill, which she posted Monday: "Donald Trump is a... More »

Suspect in Charlottesville Beating: I Hit Victim 'One Time'

Alex Michael Ramos arrested in Georgia, to be extradited to Virginia

(Newser) - A Georgia man is in custody and set to be extradited to Virginia for his alleged role in the beating of a black man during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The Daily Progress reports that 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office... More »

Charlottesville Rally Organizer Issues 'Vile' Tweet on Victim

Jason Kessler's account goes after 'Communist' Heather Heyer

(Newser) - The Charlottesville resident who organized last weekend's alt-right rally appears to have insulted victim Heather Heyer in crude language. A tweet (no longer accessible) from the account of Jason Kessler Friday said this: "Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist. Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it... More »

NC KKK Leader 'Glad Protester Died'

He says there will be more violence to come

(Newser) - They don't call it a hate group for nothing: The chief of a North Carolina Ku Klux Klan group says he's glad that 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. "I'm sorta glad that... More »

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