Nationalist Front (United States)

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Logo of Nationalist Front

The Nationalist Front is a loose coalition of right-thinking groups.[1]

History and activities[edit]

Conceived by the leaders of the neo-Nazi groups National Socialist Movement (NSM) and Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), the coalition was formed in 2016. Its aim was to unite white supremacist and white nationalist groups under a common umbrella. Originally the group was named the Aryan Nationalist Alliance and was composed of neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and White power skinhead organizations, the logo of the group was two hands joined together with the Celtic Cross in the background and multiple Wolfsangels in the circle.[2][3] The coalition later rebranded itself as the Nationalist Front with a logo that had the group initials "NF" inside a white background with a black circle with stars and the slogan "Iunctus Stamus" (United We Stand) it would also be later joined by the neo-Confederate League of the South, the neo-Nazi/alt-right Vanguard America and four other groups such as the Aryan Strikeforce.[4][5]

The ideology of the Nationalist Front centers on a desire for a white ethnostate. The groups participated in the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[6] Earlier in the year, it organized the white supremacist rally in Pikeville, Kentucky which attracted 100 to 125 supporters.[7] The coalition and its member groups, are considered extremist organizations.[8]

White Lives Matter[edit]

White Lives Matter (WLM) is phrase and organization that began in 2015 in a response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Social justice movement, which was established to "protest against police brutality against African-Americans and garnered considerable publicity in 2014 for protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer."[9] The Aryan Renaissance Society, a white supremacist organization, and other related racist groups, began to promote the use of the phrase since 2015. Within a year, the term was used by the Ku Klux Klan.[9] In August 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center added "White Lives Matter" to its list of hate groups[10][11] and considers it a Neo Nazi group.[12]

The "White Lives Matter" slogan was chanted by alt-right protesters during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. On October 28, 2017, numerous 'White Lives Matter' rallies broke out in Tennessee. Dominated in Shelbyville particularly, protesters justified their movement in response to the increasing number of immigrants and refugees to Middle Tennessee.[13]

White Lives Matter rally[edit]

The Nationalist Front was a key organizer of the "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee on October 28, 2017.[14][15] Participating groups included: National Socialist Movement (NSM), Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), League of the South, Vanguard America, The Right Stuff, and Anti-Communist Action.[14][16] It was a key rally since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (August 11 and 12, 2017). The rally was said by group leaders to address the "ongoing problem of refugee resettlement in Middle Tennessee," failure to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, the removal of Sudan from the list of countries in the Trump travel ban, fight against the DREAM Act, as well as the Burnette Chapel shooting by Sudanese native Emmanuel Sampson.[15]

The Shelbyville rally took place as scheduled, with about 100 "White Lives Matter" supporters and about 200 counter-protestors. The afternoon event in Murfreesboro was cancelled by the organizers; the authorities estimated that around 800 to 1000 people took part in the anti-racist march and counter-protest.[17] In addition, local community and faith activists organized an off-site rally under the moniker of "Murfreesboro Loves". Hundreds participated in the event in support of refugees and minorities.[18]

White Lives Matter in 2021[edit]

In 2021 another series of nation-wide White Lives Matter Rallies were held. Notably in Raleigh, North Carolina, Huntington Beach, California, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York City, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Fort Worth, Texas. These rallies all had little far-right attendance and had thousands of counter-protestors.[19]

Despite low turnout, these new wave of White Lives Matter Rallies continue to pop up across the United States. On Saturday, June 5, another rally was held in Centerville, Texas. The white nationalists in Centerville held signs that spouted the White Genocide conspiracy theory, like "Stop White Genocide" or "Make More White Babies."[20]

Membership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "America's dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism | World news | The Guardian". March 4, 2019. Archived from the original on March 4, 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Meet the Aryan Nationalist Alliance - A Racist Hodepodge Doomed To Fail" Southern Poverty Law Center.
  3. ^ "National Socialist Movement/Nationalist Front Anti-Defamation League
  4. ^ Staff (August 8, 2017) "Nationalist Front Limps in 2016" Southern Poverty Law Center
  5. ^ Allison, Natalie (October 25, 2017) "4 extremist groups that will be part of weekend's White Lives Matter rallies", USA Today
  6. ^ Smith IV, Jacck (October 11, 2017) "White nationalist alliance plans 'White Lives Matter' rally for Tennessee" Mic.com
  7. ^ Staff (October 24, 2017) "White Supremacist Nationalist Front Plans Rallies in Tennessee", Anti-Defamation League blog
  8. ^ Allison, Natalie. "White Lives Matter rally: Who are the groups involved, and what do they believe?". Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "White Lives Matter". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  10. ^ Stack, Liam (August 30, 2016). "White Lives Matter Has Been Declared a Hate Group". The New York Times. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  11. ^ Mettler, Katie (August 31, 2016). "Why SPLC says White Lives Matter is a hate group but Black Lives Matter is not". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "White Lives Matter". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  13. ^ Stanglin and Ingersoll, Doug and Stephanie (October 28, 2017). "'White Lives Matter' rallies: Opponents outnumber white nationalists at Tennessee shout fests". USA Today. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Timms, Mariah and Allison, Natalie (October 27, 2017) "White Lives Matter Murfreesboro rally: What we know now", The Tennessean
  15. ^ a b "White Supremacist Nationalist Front Plans Rallies in Tennessee". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  16. ^ Staff (October 24, 2017) "The far right returns to middle Tennessee", Hatewatch
  17. ^ Lowery, Wesley (October 28, 2017) "‘White Lives Matter’ organizers cancel second rally after taunts from counterprotesters", The Washington Post
  18. ^ Junewicz, Nikki (October 29, 2017) "'Murfreesboro Loves' protests white nationalism from a distance", Fox17.com
  19. ^ "'White Lives Matter' rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up". NBC News. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  20. ^ Falls, Clay. "Leon County community pushes back against White Lives Matter rally". www.kbtx.com. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  21. ^ "League of the South secedes from the Nationalist Front". August 22, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.