Fourteen Words

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Fourteen Words, or simply 14, is a reference to a white supremacist slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."[1][2][3] It can be used to refer to a different 14-word slogan: "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth."[4]


Both slogans were coined by David Lane,[5] a member of the white supremacist group The Order, and publicized through the efforts of the now defunct Fourteen Word Press, which helped popularize it and other writings of Lane.[6] The first slogan is claimed to have been inspired (albeit not by Lane or by Fourteen Word Press) by a statement, 88 words in length, from Volume 1, Chapter 8 of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf:

What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe. Every thought and every idea, every doctrine and all knowledge, must serve this purpose. And everything must be examined from this point of view and used or rejected according to its utility.

14 and 88[edit]

Curtis Allgier's numerous tattoos include references to "14" and "88" above and to the sides of "SKIN" and "HEAD", above his eyes.[7]

Neo-Nazis combine the number 14 with 88, as in "14/88" or "1488" with the 8's representing the eighth letter of the alphabet (H), with "HH" standing for "Heil Hitler".[8][9] Lane used 88 to refer to his 88 Precepts with "14-88" representing "14 Words and 88 Precepts" which were part of the Wotansvolk movement he founded.[citation needed] The pairing of "14" and "88" has since been used by other white supremacists, including murderers Dylann Roof[10] and Curtis Allgier.[7] Allgier has "14" and "88" tattooed on his forehead above and to the sides of the words "skin" and "head" above his eyes in his mugshot (right).[7] The numbers also figured prominently in the Barack Obama assassination plot in Tennessee,[11] which was intended to kill 88 African-Americans, including President Obama, 14 of whom were to be beheaded.

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  2. ^ "Hate on Display: 14 words". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  3. ^ Carmichael, Cathie; Maguire, Richard C. (2015-05-01). The Routledge History of Genocide. Routledge. pp. 211–. ISBN 9781317514848. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Gardell, Mattias. Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism. p. 69. 
  5. ^ Michael, George (2009). "David Lane and the Fourteen Words". Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. 10 (1): 43–61. ISSN 1469-0764. doi:10.1080/14690760903067986. 
  6. ^ Brian Palmer (2008-10-29). "White Supremacists by the Numbers". Slate. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  7. ^ a b c Reavy, Pat (June 28, 2007). "Tattoos tell a tale of intimidation". Deseret News. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Biddiscombe, Perry (1998). Werwolf!: The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944–1946. note 58. ISBN 978-0-8020-0862-6. 
  9. ^ "The Truth about 88: New Book Reveals Secret Meaning of Neo-Nazi Codes". Spiegel Online. June 27, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Siemaszko, Corky (December 9, 2016). "Dylann Roof's Videotaped Confession Stuns Courtroom". Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (October 27, 2008). "Arrests in Plan to Kill Obama and Black Schoolchildren". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2017.