White Like Me: Welcome To Shasta County, American Identity Movement!

Local members of Identity Evropa dropped a banner praising firefighters off the Sundial Bridge last November.

Last October, as northern California was still reeling from two successive wildfires that ranked among the most destructive in state history, seven white men marched onto the Sundial Bridge in Redding and unfurled a banner praising firefighters in the name of Identity Evropa.

If the name Identity Evropa rings a bell, it should: it was one of a several “white identitarian” groups implicated in acts of violence on the U.C. Berkeley campus and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

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The seven men planned the banner-drop carefully, filming the Sundial stunt with a drone, then later splicing the film together with wildfire footage and scenes of the banner being constructed at a secret location. No one’s identity was revealed. A classical-sounding music soundtrack was added, and the artfully crafted Identity Evropa recruitment video was posted on Bit Chute on Nov. 1.

I received a link to the video via email from a friend several weeks ago, who in turn found it on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website’s “Hate Map.” Both the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League designate Identity Evropa as a hate group.

Now, “hate” is a pretty strong word, and the SPLC and Anti-Defamation League, despite the good work they’ve done, have sometimes overreached, expanding the definition of what constitutes hate speech to the extent that the self-proclaimed “white idenitatiran” can’t express the concerns of his or her (but usually his) tribe without being branded the racist spawn of Hitler.

I’m using the phrase “white identitarian,” instead of white nationalist, white supremacist or neo-Nazi, because that’s the term Identity Evropa, Richard Spencer and countless other “white identitarians” that arose to prominence during President Barrack Obama’s 8 years in office (go figure!) adopted to intellectualize and sanitize their Kipling-esque, 19th century ideals.

These groups began feeling their oats with the rise of openly racist and xenophobic candidate Donald Trump in 2016. In March of that year, Nathan Domigo launched Identiy Evropa.

According to the SPLC and other reports, Domigo was raised in the dramatically shifting demographics of San Jose, California. He joined the Marines in 2004 and found the white Midwestern farm boys in his platoon more to his liking than the Asians and Latinos he’d grown up with in his hometown.

He did two tours in Iraq and returned to California with severe PTSD in 2007. He robbed an Arab cab driver he mistook for an Iraqi and received an other-than-honorable discharge from the Marines and a four-year prison sentence for the violent crime.

In prison, he began studying the writings of David Duke and other white supremacists, all of which are freely available online. Upon his discharge from prison, Damigo joined the National Youth Front, a recruitment arm of the white supremacist American Freedom Party. He also began pursuing a social science degree at California State University, Stanislaus.

According to the SPLC, Domigo was frustrated with the National Youth Front’s lack of progress and began studying the white identitarian movement that has been growing in Europe, particularly in France, since the early 2000s. His idea was to polish the image of white identity politics in the U.S. Thus the supposedly kinder, gentler Identity Evropa was born.

From Identity Evropa’s viewpoint, white people are just one of many racial groups asserting their rights. They ignore the ongoing history of systemic white racism and focus on attacks on their own kind by other races. They abhor the globalism that has destroyed U.S. manufacturing and blame it on Jewish financiers such as George Soros.

Jews, by the way, are not eligible for membership because they’re considered non-white.

All these allegedly non-violent white men want is room to live with their own kind, whether that entails creating all-white enclaves or building a wall and shipping all the non-white immigrants back to their home countries.

As Trump’s dark star rose, Identity Evropa and other Alt-Right groups gravitated upward, spreading their ideas on the internet via podcasts such as Red Ice Radio and websites like the Daily Stormer. Identity Evropa’s specialty was papering college campuses with fliers depicting classical images such as the statue of David underlined with the message, “Protect Your Heritage.”

Identity Evropa meme. From internet.

Such “dank memes” became popularized across right-wing culture, from the internet to conservative talk radio to FOX News, epitomized by the frequently repeated claim that white people created Western civilization all by their lonesome.

After Trump won the election, the Alt-Right was on a roll. But alas! For Identity Evropa, which had grown to 300 members nationwide, it was not to last!

First came the Battle of Berkeley in April, 2017. Identity Evropa was one of several white identity groups on hand when Alt-Right heartthrob Anne Coulter canceled her appearance. Left-wing protesters, including members of AntiFa, were also present and a riot broke out.

One of the most-circulated images from the riot featured Identity Evropa founder and president Nathan Domigo punching a 95-pound female protester in the face.

The punch seen ‘round the world. YouTube screen grab.

A man punching a woman in the face is pretty much the definition of what more publicity-minded white indentitarians call “bad optics.” Domigo insisted the viral video actually increased Identity Evropa’s membership, which tells you more than a little about the club.

At any rate, Identity Evropa was gaining momentum heading into the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, four months later. Identity Evropa was one of the main organizers of the event, the phrase “you will not replace us” chanted by young men bearing tiki torches was popularized by Identity Evropa.

The fact that the chant “you will not replace us” morphed into “Jews will not replace us” at Charlottesville is significant. It’s an ethnic slur/conspiracy theory common in Alt-Right circles that blames Jewish politicians and business people such as Soros for America’s immigration and trade polices, which are perceived to be purposefully harmful to whites.

The next day, a liberal protester, Heather Hyer, died when Alex Fields, a neo-Nazi sympathizer, rammed her with his automobile after police canceled the rally and chaos erupted between protesters on the right and the left. Fields was recently sentenced to life in prison.

Domigo was named along with two-dozen other leaders involved in Unite the Right in a civil lawsuit brought by Charlottesville residents that is still ongoing. He resigned as Identity Evropa’s president and has filed for bankruptcy protection.

He has since been replaced with the more soft-spoken Patrick Casey, a 20-something Virginia resident who has attempted to move Identity Evropa beyond the disastrous events at Berkeley and Charlottesville.

Rather than hold public protests that might produce bad optics, the group has been focusing on recruiting college-age whites on campuses across the country, via memes on the internet, posting fliers and stickers on college campuses, and the occasional banner drop, as occurred at the Sundial Bridge last October.

The plan is to mainstream white identitarian ideas in ways that don’t automatically offend white normies who might be attracted to the cause. According to Casey, the effort to burnish the group’s image has paid off, and in early 2018, he claimed Identity Evropa had 1000 members nationwide and he was shooting for 5000 by the end of the year.

But as the saying goes, hard as you might try, you just can’t polish a turd.

Last month, the progressive media collective Unicorn Riot obtained 770,000 leaked communications between the group’s members indicating that Identity Evropa, despite its claims, is rife with virulently racist anti-Semitic white supremacists.

So Casey did the only thing he could do. He re-branded the group.

Meet the new Identity Evropa, the American Identity Movement.

So say goodbye to Identity Evropa (we hardly knew ye, here in Shasta County) and hello to the American Identity Movement. Here are AIM’s five principles, written by Casey with my notes afterward in parenthesis.

Nationalism

“We affirm the validity of borders, walls, and nations defined by shared bonds of commonality. We believe that a nation’s leaders should pursue its interests, rather than those of globalist elites.”

(And we know who the globalist elites are, don’t we? The Jews!)

Identitarianism

“We acknowledge that identity plays a central role in human affairs. Identity comes in many forms and is often the source of much social conflict. Like it or not, identity politics are the norm in multicultural societies. We staunchly defend the preservation of America’s historical demographics in the face of mass immigration, and are opposed to the demonization of and discrimination against America’s white majority.”

(Preserve America’s historical demographics? You mean the demographics pre-1492?)

Non-interventionism

“We believe that America should, as our founding fathers intended, remain free from foreign entanglements, limiting its military action to extreme circumstances in the nation’s best interests.”

(So do I, but not because I’m worried about taking in refugees from the countries we habitually destroy.)

Protectionism

“We favor trade policies designed to protect American industry and workers, rather than benefit globalist interests.”

(Good luck! That horse done left the barn.)

Populism

We see America’s currently ruling elites as hostile to the historical people, culture, and identity of America. Our ultimate goal is thus a shift in the American power structure. So long as we’re ruled by hostile individuals and institutions, America will not be made great again.

(Ruling elites hostile to the historical people? Who could you possibly be referring to?)

“Diversity Destroys Nations.” A nice subtle message brought to you from AIM.

The American Identity Movement’s five principals sound vaguely reasonable if you don’t know the reasoning behind them, which is profoundly racist and/or anti-Semitic. Just like Identity Evropa, Blacks, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans and Jews are barred from AIM membership. It’s a secular organization, but some Christians are allowed. The vetting process for membership is reportedly strict.

Ideally, Casey has said he would like to halt all immigration, legal and illegal, except for whites from European countries. He imagines a future where the United States is 90 percent white—not even 80 percent white Shasta County makes that grade!

This, of course, is fantasy at the national level, unless Casey and his ilk plan to shed a tremendous amount of blood. The U.S. Census predicts whites will become a “minority” by 2045, meaning just 49.7 percent of the population will be white.

Yet whites will still be the largest minority, with more than double the number of Hispanics, who will comprise 24.6 percent of the population, four times the number of African Americans, who will comprise 13.1 percent, and nearly seven times the numbers of Asians, who will comprise 7.9 percent.

All of this wringing of the hands over the declining white population sounds disturbingly similar to “The Great Replacement” manifesto Brenton Tarrant, the Australian white supremacist who murdered 50 Muslim worshipers in two New Zealand mosques last month, posted online before his shooting rampage.

It should sound similar—it comes straight out of the European identitarian movement, which Tarrant was exposed to while traveling through France, and which U.S. identitarian groups like Identity Evropa and now the American Identity Group have absorbed online.

For Casey’s part, he claims AIM is a distinct and separate group from the now apparently defunct Identity Evropa. At the same time, he claims most of the members of the old group have already joined the new group.

In fact, the members AIM are already up to their old tricks, plastering college campuses with posters that have shifted the graphic content from classical Europe to early 20th century Americana and the red, white and blue AIM logo, which sometimes appears with an eagle.

The message might be generic: Protect American workers. Or, as seen above, it might betray AIM’s actual views: Diversity destroys nations.

Although it’s possible the seven white men who hung the Identity Evropa banner off the Sundial Bridge aren’t from here, I suspect they’re local boys. Shasta County has a long and sordid history of racial intolerance and violence, and AIM’s message is bound to appeal to that certain subset of young white males who seek to blame The Other for all of their and the world’s problems.

AIM, in action less than a month, has already been banned from Facebook and Instagram. But anyone can follow their Twitter feed and watch their stickers and fliers march north through California’s college campuses.

According to Lonny Seay, director of Shasta College Campus Safety, there’s been no AIM activity on campus so far.

“We have not had any activity like this over the past school year,” Seay informed me by email. “I would like to take this opportunity to state that as a college, we respect the right to free speech on our campus and our district will always reject all forms of racism, bigotry and discrimination. Shasta College is a community that cherishes a diversity of ideas and community acting together in shared interests as a sustaining and core value. We will continue to uphold an environment wherein all those associated with our district can feel valued and safe.”

Reassuring words, for the time being. Keep a close watch on those bulletin boards, Mr. Seay!

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R.V. Scheide
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107 Responses

  1. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    Another eye-opener, R.V. I often wonder where all the hate originates. I knew a woman who said she had to hide her copy of Sammy Davis Jr.’s autobiography from her husband while she was reading it because he was so anti-black.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      That reminds of the episode of All In The Family when Sammy, who had a glass eye, showed up and Archie, trying to be hospitable, asked if him if he wanted “cream and sugar with his eye.”

      • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

        I recall that episode concluding with Sammy planting a kiss on Archie, and the camera holding Archie’s shocked expression for several extra beats.

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Yeah Archie bungled the black thing and the Jewish thing with Sammy. That was a formative TV program.

  2. Avatar Michael Kuker says:

    “I’m using the phrase “white identitarian,” instead of white nationalist, white supremacist or neo-Nazi, because that’s the term Identity Evropa, Richard Spencer and countless other “white identitarians” that arose to prominence during President Barrack Obama’s 8 years in office (go figure!) adopted to intellectualize and sanitize their Kipling-esque, 19th century ideals.”

    What. The. Hell. R.V.

    Call them what they are.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      My thought was that if I just out and out called them neo-nazis from the beginning of the article, readers wouldn’t understand why young white men would find AIM’s message attractive. AIM recruits by posting these innocuous fliers with their web address. The new recruit isn’t likely to know AIM/Identity Evropa’s history. He goes to the website, there’s no openly racist or anti-Semitic content, and the next thing you know, they’re signing up. But yeah, they’re neo-nazis.

  3. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    Yes . . . . one wonders just where all the hate is incubated . . . . then you realize it is all rooted in fear.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      The solution to all this is simple: deep down, we’re all afraid of the same things. Instead of separating into tribes and fighting each other, we must band together and alleviate these fears.

      • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

        You’re right, R.V. Henceforth, I will do my best to be more accepting of people who live west of I-5.

        • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

          As Doni pointed out previously, Hal, you do have a talent for interjecting humor at just the right time and in the correct dose.

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          “…but we don’t want the Irish!”

          (The conclusion of a line by the mayor regarding the citizens’ reluctant inclusivity, from the Mel Brooks comedy, “Blazing Saddles.”)

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Eastside rules!

      • Terry Turner Terry Turner says:

        Brilliant article. So thought-provoking and well-written as usual. I love your idea. Let’s all band together and alleviate those fears.

  4. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    I grew up in lily white Salt Lake City. I never saw deep racist hatred until I moved to San Francisco. I think the term familiarity breeds contempt might be fitting.
    Of course I never saw Mormon hatred until I left SLC. I think the term unfamiliarity breeds rumors is fitting.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      I grew up in southern Idaho and eastern Washington, next to respectively the Blackfoot and Coleville Indian reservations. I was aware that I was witnessing the aftermath of a racial genocide.

    • Avatar Amy Curran says:

      My family lived In Southern Utah while I was in elementary school. I saw racist behavior, and hatred,in my second grade classroom directed towards the only student who wasn’t Caucasian. I also was targeted for not being Mormon in every grade in every classroom for the 5 years we were there. If I did attend primary when asked by a fellow student, always a girl, I was shunned.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      Yep. Fear of “the other” isn’t much of a daily issue when there are no others.

      “Mormon hatred” reminds me a lot of Bethel hatred. It’s mostly Christians who derogatorily refer to both as “sects” and call them out for false doctrine and such.

      For many of us on the outside of the doctrine debates, it resembles Flat-Earthers shit-mouthing Chem-Trailers.

      • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

        Steve, the Flat Earthers Group hold an annual conference in Denver. Not too long ago a member was going to fly a balloon during the conference to prove the Earth is flat but the balloon sunk. Not enough hot air I guess.
        And in Arizona, the infamous Kelli chem trail Ward want’s to be head of the Arizona Republican Party.

  5. Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

    This exceptional article calls our attention to a major red flag for the area. Shasta County is fertile ground for groups like these – “long and sordid history of racial intolerance and violence” is unfortunately all too true. When I first came to Redding 40 years ago I can recall traveling all over town for days without seeing a single person of color. The first African-Americans I encountered were an elderly man and a young woman (their old truck parked nearby) who were face-down on the ground, surrounded by police officers with guns drawn. I eventually came to know many members of Redding’s small African-American community, who were (throughout most of Redding’s history) confined to the most neglected part of the City in terms of services and upkeep, and who ventured beyond that area at their own peril.

    At one point the City “improved” that badly neglected neighborhood by constructing barriers in the middle of the streets, which were intended to hinder the residents from getting in their vehicles and escaping police, who were looking for people to arrest for various unsolved crimes. A young woman I know still cries when she recounts being the only Black child in her class, and being forced to sit alone on the sidelines when her class went on a field trip to swin in the pool of a local fraternal organization (Blacks were not allowed). The acts of actual physical violence – including one probable lynching – I won’t recount because of the people involved.

    People of conscience need to be extremely mindful of the warning in this important article. We can’t lose the humanitarian ground we’ve gained (with local officials kicking and screaming every inch of the way).

    • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

      When Lena Horne was was appearing in Las Vegas, she walked by the hotel pool, dipped her toe into the water, and management was forced by several guests to drain the pool. That was probably at the same time that black performers weren’t allowed to stay in the hotels where they were headliners and bringing in tons of money for the hotel.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Thanks Patrecia. When I first moved to Redding, for six months back in 1978, I was surprised to discover African Americans were crowded into their own little three-block section of town. As a naive kid from eastern Washington, I had the idea of California promoted on TV and in movies, the sunshine state where everyone lived in racial harmony. Boy did I get that wrong.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      When we bought a house in Sunset Terrace seven years ago, the papers came with CCRs dating to when the subdivision was built in the 1950s. One clause stipulated that “negros” were not allowed to stay overnight, with the exceptions of female servants. I ripped that CCR page into fourths. We sold the house “by owner” late last year. Obviously, the subdivision’s CCRs did not survive my ownership of that property, but I imagine there are many houses in Sunset Terrace where they are still under contract.

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        A little different take on CC&R’s, but when we purchased our cottage in the Parkview Neighborhood in 2007, the CC&R’s stipulated owner/occupied only. We even received a letter from the city a few years ago reiterating that directive. I smiled as I read the letter because numerous neighboring homes were rentals by then. And in the last month, I’ve received two letters from the city stating that owners of Parkview Neighborhood homes were asking to become either B&B’s or airbnb’s. I have no objection to B&B’s or airbnb’s in our area unless they become housing for Bethel students. My reasoning there is that parking is at a premium, and if the area is inundated with cars, it will be very difficult for current homeowners to park. We are fortunate in that we have a garage, but most of the houses don’t have garages. So your ripped page had all the authority of absolutely nothing. Great city follow-through.

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          Well, the CCRs in Sunset Terrace may remain in place as far as the City of Redding is concerned, and my gesture may indeed have been symbolic, but I wasn’t going to sign contracts with that horseshit attached.

          We’re all familiar with the expression: “He looked the other way.” It was quite a while ago, but I remember the title officer literally looking the other way as I shredded the CCR page.

        • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

          Beverly,

          The proposed housing you mentioned will almost certainly go to Bethel students and visitors, since those are the only groups that are flooding into the area in large numbers. You probably don’t want them as neighbors for more reasons than just the parking issue. They are notorious for what they call “drunken Holy Spirit parties” (I don’t believe there is any alcohol involved – they just behave as though they’re drunk), and by all accounts they tend to trash the homes they occupy. Also, a big part of the Bethel philosophy is to attempt to recruit/convert the neiborhoods they live in, which means being harassed with proselytizing on a regular basis.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Patricia, “…You probably don’t want them as neighbors for more reasons than just the parking issue.”

            So here are some genuine horrible stories about racism and how we treated minorities, and you make the same type of comments about a religious group. How is that any different than not wanting a person of color living next to you?

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            I don’t want neighbors who throw “drunken” parties, play loud music late into the night, trash the property, and harass the neighborhood, no matter what religion or race they are.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            18-25 year olds are notorious for having loud parties, abusing real alcohol, and trashing properties. Compared to that cohort, Bethel students are saints…

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Correct, Tim. Instead of loud drunken parties, most of the Bethel kids I knew would have some sort of Bible study activity. During spring break, instead of going to Cabo for a drunken spring break gala. My Bethel employees were asking for time off to do mission work. I had one gal that dedicated her time in getting young girls out of the sex industry, even going to Thailand to work there. Where there are thousands of underaged girls working as prostitutes.

            As this thread talks about racism, prejudice and bigotry…we can see that bigotry comes in all shapes and sizes.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            By all accounts (and I’ve heard plenty due to my position in a Bethel watchdog group), their “

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            OOPS! Clicked at the wrong time above (please disregard). To complete that post:

            By all accounts (and I’ve heard plenty due to my position in a Bethel watchdog group), their “drunken Holy Spirit parties” (also referred to as “drunk in the Spirit parties”) are every bit as much of a disturbance as any other party, and their rock “worship” music is just as loud, and played just as often. Doug’s attempt to portray anyone associated with Bethel as saints is ludicrous.

          • Avatar Tim says:

            BSSM enrollment is what, 3,000? I’m sure if you go looking you can find examples of some of them behaving badly.

            But I guarantee that if you go looking for bad behavior among Chico State students (~18,000 enrollment) you’ll find A LOT more than 6 times as many examples. And the bad behavior is much more severe than bad dancing to loud music (see many shootings and stabbings in your Bethel watchdog group? Overdoses?)

      • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

        Now, that’s an amazing bite, not bit, of history. Never knew this about Poverty Flats.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Racist CCRs are still a thing in even such a sophisticated place as Sacramento.

  6. Avatar Robert Scheide Sr. says:

    As comedian Ron White says “YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID” and the number in this group has grown a lot lately. Led by our very own racist president. You can also count as members of this group Fundamental Christians, Nazis, white supremacists,anti-immigration types and of course Republicans.

    It is troubling to hear these groups actively pushing for a civil war of the shooting kind. It is times like these that The Freedom of Speech guarantee gets difficult for me to say it should apply to these groups.

    I look around the country and don’t recognize it as the country I grew up in. Sure there were racists then as now but they were a lot further underground. Today they openly spew their hate in every venue there is. They have added new groups to the hate blacks, now they also hate anybody who is not white and that is a hell of a lot of people.

    When quizzed about anything of importance they routinely come up blank or with answers that are so far from the truth it makes you cringe to hear them. I hope we can push these folks back to the gutter they come from without tearing the country up. I beg you to fight back against these wackos.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      It sickens me when I encounter hyper-conservatives pining for civil war—as if they can’t wait to start shooting their fellow citizens. When you hear them brag, “We got all the guns!” it adds an element of cowardice as well—as if there would be some sort of heroic virtue in shooting unarmed, largely defenseless people.

      I don’t indulge it much anymore, but I used to categorize people by whether or not I thought they would have been eager little Nazis in 1930s Germany. I don’t care what you call the current crop or what they call themselves—they’re would-be fascists. It’s disgusting to think that some of their relatives probably gave their lives defeating fascism on behalf of democracy six decades ago. As did some of mine.

      Make no mistake: The impulses that gave us Orange Mussolini are racist and proto-fascist authoritarian to the core. Two years ago I gave up decades of describing myself as a moderate independent for: I’m on the other side, and I will remain on the other side until this his history, one way or the other.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        An excellent book on the subject of armed German militia units rounding up and shooting millions of their Jewish fellow citizens is Daniel Goldhagen’s “Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” Not every German was cut out for mass executions, but too many were. I have no doubt our cowards will be up to the task if they get the chance. Here’s a link.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler%27s_Willing_Executioners

  7. Avatar Candace C says:

    Steve, I didn’t know that about Sunset Terrace but I’m not surprised at all. My paternal grandfather built one of the first homes in Sunset Terrace. He was the business manager of the Anderson lumber mill. He and my grandmother were white, wealthy and conservative. I was not close with them. When my parents divorced and my mother went to work for a local attorney we were babysat during the day by our black Godparents who lived in a very small home in a small group of very small homes adjacent to what is now Victor Ave. Being children we had no understanding of the racism/living conditions of our Godparents. We were kids, we had fun there. As an adult looking back of course I’m appalled but also ashamed that it took me so long to actually pay attention to racism in Shasta County and elsewhere. Although I understand R.V’s reaskning , I agree with Michael, call ‘em what they are, Neo Nazi’s, and call it loud and clear.

  8. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Thank you, R.V, for another very fine article that brings in the light. On such an awful topic. Yes, this particular bunch of neo-Nazis is growing in rank. They have been very actively recruiting on college campuses across the country over the past five years or so. They are very bad news.

  9. Avatar Anita Brady says:

    I have to say that when I first viewed this video, and it showed the young people working on the banner, I thought to myself ” BSSM students”….. Yeah, I know that they pride themselves in their diverse student body, but the whiteness, the clothing and the whole affair reeked of Bethelism.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      What an odd thing to think…The only reason we have the diversity in this town is because of Bethel. I was at the Sundial Bridge the other day where there were a large group of Bethel kids enjoying the day. There were many people of color with them. Bethel brings in people from all corners of the world. Reeked of Bethelism? Wow…

    • Avatar Candace C says:

      Anita, Gotta push back on that one. While I strongly disagree with some of their views , absolutely, unequivocally, no way, no how, do I equate Bethel Church members with neo-nazis.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      What I think Anita is picking up on is that these guys have that hipster millennial look, not unlike your average BSSM student.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        You mean like racial profiling of black men?

        • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

          Yes, similar to that. It seems doubtful to me that Bethel members would be involved in a group that’s anti-illegal and anti-legal immigration. When Kris Vallotton was questioning Brian Dahle about immigration, he was very careful not to use harsh words about immigrants, even though Dahle showed no such restraint in numerous radio ads.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            The connection between churches like Bethel and hate groups like this is actually much more direct. These groups have been greatly emboldened by the election of Trump, and his flagrant white nationalist-white supremacist rhetoric and policies. If white evangelicals hadn’t turned out to vote for him in such strong numbers (at the urging of their leaders), Trump would never have attained the presidency.

            Trump’s agenda was never hidden, even during the campaign. In addition, the reasons given by Bethel CEO Bill Johnson for voting for him were openly racist and xenophobic (ie: he promoted Trump’s closed borders policies, while basically denying Trump’s long history of rabid racism). In my opinion supporting an openly racist political candidate is tantamount to supporting racism itself:

            https://www.christiantoday.com/article/bethel-churchs-bill-johnson-why-i-voted-for-trump/100306.htm

  10. Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

    Trump’s “Justice” Department has essentially stopped monitoring neo-Nazi groups in this country.

    I lived a few blocks from one of the synagogues in Sacramento that Redding’s Williams brothers set fire to. Also in my neighborhood was a coffee house owned by a retired Sacramento cop. The coffee house distributed a white supremicist tabloid with the innocent sounding name of Community News. I picked up a copy to read while drinking my coffee and was shocked to see such hate being distributed in one of Sacto’s great old neighborhoods. The day after the synagogue fires (before the Williams brothers were caught), I called the FBI and suggested that there might be a connection between the fires and the hate rag. The FBI was very interested in my information and asked me to fax them a copy of the rag. In the next issue, the “editor” of the rag complained about FBI harassment. That made my day.

  11. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Oh my gosh what an informative and frightening article R.V. When I watched the video I realized that there was a lot of organization and money behind this group. Even creating and unfurling that flag on the bridge would require more than most Redding clubs and organizations would or could muster together. The other thing I noticed was that the signs were being painted in a school gymnasium.
    Years ago I visited web sites where a couple of students got the information they used to argue their racist viewpoint. What alarmed me was how well organized and how well written the misinformation was. The writers were educated and literate and convincing. I realized that the difference between myself and my impressionable students was that I had studied history, logic and propaganda techniques and had lived in peace in a working class neighbor hood where I was the only white person around. Thank you R.V.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Yes, those guys had some resources. Hard to say where the money came from. After Charlottesville, Identity Ervopa was always crying poor because of lawsuits.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      I didn’t think it was clear that the sign was being painted in a school gym……but if it was, I’d be keen to know which local school.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        I think they were fairly careful not to reveal their location. Any warehouse would do, or it could be a private gym. Getting in shape is one of the white identitarian’s hobbies.

  12. Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

    If it was in a local high school, the person who authorized its use owes us an explanation. If he/she knew the agenda of this group, there should be serious consequences.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      I encourage all readers to watch Identity Evropa’s Sundial Bridge banner drop video that is linked in the piece. It’s possible you might recognize someone, like the guy with the hairy arm.

  13. Avatar Candace C says:

    R.V. I watched the video. I have a question. This looks like it was shot in broad daylight. Are there not cameras at the Sundial Bridge?

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Candace, I did not go that far in my research for this article. Chances are that if there was someone on security duty that day, there’s a good chance they might not have know what Identity Evropa is. They may have looked like just a bunch of guys thanking the fire fighters.

  14. Avatar Candace C says:

    R.V. Also, my guess is that there are many people who have no idea what EVROPA is and simply thought it was a wonderful way of thanking our first responders during the Carr Fire, which makes it that more insidious.

  15. Frank Treadway Frank Treadway says:

    I can’t figure out why the Sundial Bridge guard, or any persons walking along the bridge, didn’t sound an alarm. Even the employees in the Turtle Bay cafe and gift store could have seen something. Any other groups do this dastardly stunt and they’d be marched off the bridge in handcuffs. Also, how did the IE group get away with placing recruitment flyers on Shasta College and Simpson bulletin boards. Something smells rotten in River City.

  16. Avatar Doug Cook says:

    I have never heard of Identity Evropa until this oped piece, so I did a little research on them. Yes, they are a neo-Nazi group that are abhorrent and have no place in civil society. I also read that as of 2017 there were 200 members nation wide and there is every indication that their numbers have been dropping. am I worried about and wringing my hands over this group? Nah…There have always been racist idiots and always will. be. Why make them sound more important and diabolical then they are? That’s what they want. Here is the best way to deal with them. Make them look as stupid as they really are.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs4P1kKK-5k

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      Yeah, that was pretty funny—the perfect anthem for Identity Evropa. Maybe throw in a kazoo.

      That said, it’s reckless not to take these right-wing fringe nuts seriously.

      I first became aware of the real threat they pose in the 1980s, when my aunt was a radio talk show host in Denver (KOA). One of her colleagues was Alan Berg, who was murdered by members of The Order, a Christian Identity Movement group. He was singled out because he was Jewish and a vocal, caustic critic of white supremacist groups.

      But the days of thinking of right-wing crackpots as mostly harmless Goobers and Gomers *really* came to an end in when a group of anti-government white nationalists murdered 168 people (including 19 babies and toddlers) with a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995.

      They may be the worst kind of stupid—the kind that don’t know they’re stupid—but that doesn’t mean they’re not extremely dangerous.

      • Avatar Tim says:

        While no genius (unlike Kaczynski), McVeigh’s essay on hypocrisy clearly shows he possessed an above average intelligence.

        • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

          I agree regarding McVeigh’s above-average intelligence. I was mostly referring to the mouth-breathers who march chanting “The Jews will not replace us!” and occupy federal wildlife refuges. Some of the video of those guys on the wildlife refuge—Jesus God, it leaves you wondering how any of them could manage to open a can of beans.

          McVeigh comes off as a sociopath and stone-cold but well-organized mass murderer. I suppose if you’re more in the neighborhood of his way of thinking, he’s patriot-warrior who has a possibly misguided sense of cost/benefit ratios.

          Or rather, *had* a misguided sense of cost/benefit ratios, since McVeigh is currently deader than fried chicken.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Steve, McVeigh was a coward murderer. I say this because of personal dealings. After the Oklahoma bombings an Oklahoma woman was so upset she made 19 quilts, one for each child murdered in the daycare center. The quilts were sent to 19 religious centers in the nation, one went to Epworth Village in York, Nebraska. Ten years after the bombings I worked at Epworth Village. Every day I would see this quilt hanging on the wall, with a picture of a smiling toddler crawling. This toddler, and his 18 classmates, had their lives ended by a murderer who hated the federal government. Those who hail McVeigh, including a homeless advocate I would argue with on the Searchlight comments and went to defend the Bundy’s, as a hero were more than misguided.

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            To be clear, if Tim McVeigh has been sentenced to being buried alive in a coffin with an oxygen vent so that he’d have ample time for reflection before wasting away, I wouldn’t have objected .

            Or, if my conscience got the best of me and I thought that being buried alive was too long-term torturous, maybe I’d have been okay with him being thrown out of a plane at 20,000 feet AMSL.

            Because f*** that self-righteous child murderer.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      Doug Cook, no one knows the precise numbers of any of this groups. Was there a drop-off in membership overall after Charlottesville? Yes there was. The neo-nazis went underground to avoid the heat. But as of the end of 2018, Identity Evropa itself was claiming 1000 members, as I reported in my story.

      If you’re suggesting I made them sound diabolical in this story, I beg to differ. I tried to report this story as straight as possible. I could have written it a lot worse.

      What you don’t seem to understand is that these beliefs are shared by millions of white people in the United States and around the world. Right about the same time Identity Evropa was dropping that banner on Sundial Bridge, white supremacist Gregory Bowers was murdering 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Bowers had exactly the same believe system as Identity Evropa, as did the New Zealand mosque murderer. These killers aren’t “crazy.” They’re acting on their beliefs, and these beliefs are spreading rapidly on the internet.

      • Avatar Tim says:

        RV says “I tried to report this story as straight as possible. I could have written it a lot worse.”

        It was noticed & appreciated.

  17. Avatar Candace C says:

    Doug, Identity Evropa ( American Identity Movement) is just one faction of the growing numbers of white supremacy hate groups ( The Proud Boys, etc.) The fact that you’d never heard of them doesn’t mean many others haven’t. Fliers and banners from white supremacy hate groups are popping up more and more on college campuses. Horrific hate crimes ( as we see played out on the news) are being perpetrated in the name of white supremecy. I agree with you that publicity is their lifeblood but in my opinion, subscribing to a “nothing to see here, pay them no attention, they’re stupid” mentality is dangerous. There’s nothing silly with being vigilant about stamping out hate wherever and whenever you see it , be it in small or large numbers.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      Not only that, but right-wing hate crimes—including murders—are on the rise. The trend is decidedly heading in the wrong direction.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      As I said earlier…there will be always fringe right wing and left wing groups. Most of them are marginal in nature and don’t deserve the attention they get. We get so concerned about these right wing fringe groups, but tend to ignore the left wing groups. Groups like Antifa are causing much more damage and violence than these right wing groups, not only that but they are advocating against free speech, trying to kick conservative speakers off our university campuses by the use of violence and rioting, largely ignored by the left. . In addition, these groups like BLM and others are actually forcing some universities to allow segregated housing for people of color. Isn’t that moving in the wrong direction? Isn’t that blatant racism? I wouldn’t worry about white supremacy groups at our colleges, I worry more about the identity culture and racism and intolerance from the left. At the University of Michigan, students actually demanded a ‘white free zone’ on campus for people of color. How scary is that?

      • Avatar Candace C says:

        Doug, again with the “whatabout” argument. Antifa didn’t hang a white supremecy propaganda flag on the Sundial Bridge to use in a recruitment video, Identity Evropa did. Seems to me we’ve shifted from “education is turning our kids into Democrats” to “education is making them POLITICALLY INTOLERANT”. As you frequently like to say, “good grief”.

        • Avatar Doug Cook says:

          It is not a ‘whatabout’ argument. It is a matter of degrees. My research shows that there are maybe 200 members of Evropa nationwide. Call me indifferent if you like, but I can’t get too worked up over this display…maybe these guys will recruit one or two more people in their little hate group. Yawn. ..but when I hear and read about actual intolerance and hate coming from the left, where segregation in colleges is being demanded, that segregated housing is now a thing, where a leftist professor whacks a conservative in the head with a huge bike lock and gets away with it, where rioting occurs because of the willingness to stop free speech. That is certainly something to be worried about. Why doesn’t it concern you?

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Doug — If you’re going to do research, you need to start looking at body counts. Worldwide, most terror-motivated killings are by religious fanatics. Second comes right-wing terrorists. A distant third is left-wing terrorists. It should hardly come as a shock that there’s a lot of overlap between religious terrorists and authoritarian, ethnocentric right-wing terrorists.

            Those patterns hold for the United States as well.

            Yeah, some of those Antifa people are jerks. But c’mon, man. Look at the scoreboard.

          • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

            Doug,

            Your endless refrain that Antifa is responsible for more violence than right-wing Trump supporters has been thoroughly debunked. Over time I’ve given you many (documented) examples of extreme violence committed by white supremacists – emboldened by Trump – which includes multiple murders, numerous assaults with serious injuries, and countless acts of blatant terrorism.

            Much of that right-wing violence pre-dated the rise of Antifa, and the single incident you mentioned above involving Charles Murray, who built a career on the claim that white men are superior intellectually and morally to Black people and women of any race.

            I have nothing but sympathy for people on college campuses who don’t want to see their schools (and in the case of students, what may als be their home) become a party to any more death and destruction, incited by white supremacists.

          • Avatar Doug Cook says:

            Patricia, I assume you believe the story that Jussie Smollett gave about his hate crime, right? . These are the kind of fake stories that get the press…this time, however…the truth came out. There are not enough real hate crimes by MAGA hat wearing men, so they have to be made up.

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            You’re doing it again, Doug. People are pointing out to you that body counts and acts of vicious violence tell the tale, and you bring up Jussie Smollett?

            If whataboutism and false equivalency screwed and had a baby, it’d be your argument.

          • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

            Doug Cook, you are the quintessential laptop bombardier. I’ve been following white supremacist groups for 30 years, but a few clicks of the mouse, and now you’re more expert than me. I put links in my stories to back up my claims. I will be blunt with you: you claiming you have somehow refuted this article is insulting. But I’m used to it.

            The only thing you know about AntiFa is what you hear on Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Savage. AntiFa, even more than being anti-fascists, are anarchists so anyone with a black balaclava can join.

            Members are culled from the same subset of young people spoiling for a street fight as white power groups. The open fascists parading around America’s college campuses the past 10 years has given them a cause worth fighting for.

            For anti-violence progressives such as myself, AntiFa is a disaster. The main problem is, anyone with a black balaclava can join, including government agents, who were allegedly responsible for much of the damage caused by AntiFa at the Battle of Seattle in 1999. The government’s goal was to discredit progressives protesting the World Trade Organization’s anti-worker policies.

            Anyone who swings a bicycle chain at another person needs to go to jail and think about what they did. That said, claiming AntiFa is just as violent and dangerous as white supremacists is on your part either a case of not knowing the facts or willful ignorance.

      • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

        Doug Cook: What do you mean “we” are concerned, Kemosabe? Obviously you’re stuck in “nothing to see here, move along mode.” But in your defense, I know for a fact that all of our local media outlets got the same tip about the Sundial Bridge banner drop. I waited three weeks to see if anyone would take it on. None did.

        So if it wasn’t for A News Cafe, a lot of people wouldn’t know about this incident, and more importantly, what it means. Thank you.

  18. Avatar Kathryn McDonald says:

    I just heard on the news that the Department of Homeland Security has shut down its domestic terrorism unit.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      To be fair, the responsibilities for counter terrorism was given back to the FBI, where it should have been all along

    • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

      And the liberals are suing the Trump administration for changes to school lunches. Gasp, Trump allows chocolate milk back in schools. What’s wrong with chocolate milk?

      • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

        Nah. What actually happened is that Michele Obama spearheaded the reform of school lunch standards to be more healthful: Less sugar, less salt, more fresh veggies, more whole grains, etc. The problem with the milk wasn’t chocolate, per se. It was the amount of sugar in flavored milk of all kinds.

        By most measures Mrs. Obama’s program was successful—kids across the country were eating healthier. Studies show that it took a little time, but they adapted.

        The Trump Administration—out of pure spite for the Obamas—tried to eliminate the healthier standards.

        The lawsuits are to stop the Trump Administration from implementing the degraded standards for school lunches fed to kids—for many the most nutritious food they get all day.

        • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

          Steve, I was pointing out how everybody picks part of a headline, like HHS disbanding Domestic Terror Group, to get likes without actually telling the rest of the story.

          • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

            Touché, if that’s what you were doing.

          • Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

            Steve, you don’t think a red neck uneducated person from Shasta County can’t realize commenters only, including me, tell half stories.

  19. Avatar Candace C says:

    Doug, also, excluding their misogynistic views, I’m not one of the groups white supremecists want to “ get gone” ( white cis woman). I suspect that your view of overreacting “hang wringing” because of your perceived size of a white supremecy group translates much differentky to those folks.

  20. Avatar Candace C says:

    Doug, *white, non-Jewish, cis woman

  21. Avatar Mark Roman says:

    Look at how our government is run. The group with the best lobbyists seems most likely to get their way. There are probably 1000’s of special interest groups that represent every skin color, religion and culture in our country. Too many people want to have it ” their way”, so many will lose. This tribalism is not a good thing.

    • R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

      You’re seriously arguing that nonprofit special interest lobbies for, say, African Americans, have more pull than, say, the medical industrial complex lobbyists? Who’s getting their legislation passed? Who isn’t?

      If you’re not, and you’re trying to say identity politics is tearing the country apart, then we are in agreement. I don’t foresee it ending in the next two years, but perhaps we can all unite against the tax policies that have flowed upward to the top 1 percent, wrecking the country.

  22. Avatar Candace C says:

    Doug, black students on a campus demanding a non-white safe space? How scary is that? Oh the horror! Don’t get me started, the rebuttal is too obvious. Disagree or agree with the university or its students. segregation is nothing new nor is it a thing of the past in many urban areas , it’s just called something different. As far as someone not physically threatened with bodily harm hitting someone else over the head? Ya, no.

    • Avatar Patricia Barrett says:

      The incident mentioned by Doug above (involving a bike lock and an infamous white supremacist) was pre-dated by a great many verifiable acts of extreme violence committed by right-wing Trump supporters. Those crimes include multiple murders, and numerous assaults with serious injuries.

      Doug harps continually on rare, isolated incidents of violence by the left, while refusing to acknowledge the massive amounts of violence and acts of blatant terrorism that have been committed by Trump-supporting white supremacists all over the country.

      • Avatar Doug Cook says:

        Patricia, Who was the victim of the bike lock attack? An “infamous white supremacist”, really? Do you know his name? How do you know he was an “infamous white supremacist’? Because he was a Trump supporter? This man injured 4 people during this demonstration. Were they all ‘infamous white supremacists’? Are you justifying these attacks on people because you believe they are supposedly white supremacists? Let me see your proof that this man brutally attacked was an ‘infamous white supremiscist’

        You also justified the baseball shooting of our GOP representatives because, and I quote you, “Trump drove him to this”

  23. Avatar Candace C says:

    Doug, consider this – Neo-Nazi groups organize a hate speech rally. Antifa ( anti-fascist, anti-Neo Nazi , Pro Black Lives Matter, etc) shows up to the rally with the intent of disrupting it because, well, they hate fascists (thus their name) and uses “ black bloc” for both identity protection as well as an intimidation tactic because it’s “ scary looking” to their hate group opponents. Yes, there is a sub-set of Antifa that is more prone to using violence in clashes and no, I’m not a fan of that. Antifa was pretty much unheard of as being active in the states again after the 2000’s until Trump’s campaign appeared along with a sharp rise of organized white supremacy groups. SO, a Neo-Nazi group organizes a hate speech rally ( that 99% of sane people would find appalling) and openly and proudly wears ARMOUR and brandishes WEAPONS in order to “protect themselves from the threat of Antifa” and screams inflammatory hate-filled Neo-Nazi, white Supremacy slogans in order to incite folks, including but not limited to Antifa, and then violence breaks out among some in that very heated, very loaded setting (who whudda thunk?!) and the Neo Nazi’s point fingers at Antifa and cry foul saying “See! Look at them, not us! “ I’m not a proponent of violence but to suggest that Antifa is the cause of more murders and violence than alt-right, white supremacy groups is not based in fact. Also, my personal opinion about violence is that it comes in many forms and sometimes we as Americans confuse anger and “loudness” with perceived physical violence when that’s not always the case and in fact usually is not the case.

  24. Avatar Bruce Vojtecky says:

    Those who claim hate crimes are up because of President Trump miss the obvious, reported by several groups liberal and conservative. Reporting hate crimes is up because something is being done about it. In the past many hate crimes were not reported because the victims felt nothing would be done.

  25. Avatar Candace C says:

    Bruce, no matter how conservatives or liberals spin the reasons for the uptick in hate crimes, the obvious is that the increase in reported numbers of hate crimes directly correlates with the timeline of Trump’s campaign. Derogatory rhetoric matters. Wrongly or rightly perceived dog whistles to white supremecists matters. Intended or unintended, there are consequences attached to giving a tip of the hat to the kind of inflammatory rhetoric Trump uses at his rallies to rile up his base.

  26. Avatar Candace C says:

    And now, ( hold your applause everyone) I’m retiring from commenting for at least a few days. I figure if even I am tiring of hearing myself I can imagine how tired of me everyone else is. Dog with a bone comes to mind… sorry guys and gals.

  27. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Speaking of dogs, someone once told me early on that there are those who like Shasta County because they could be a big fish in a small pond. I’m getting it now. Or, here’s another one: What if there was a war, and nobody came? My empathy to the administrators. Ah, the baseball game is on!

  28. Avatar Candace C says:

    Linda, not my intent. Ouch.

    • Avatar Linda Cooper says:

      Oh, sorry. I hate it when ouch happens. Online is such a challenging way to communicate. I will be direct in case you didn’t understand. It wasn’t about you at all. I was just thinking, what if there was what some people call a troll, and nobody listened. Or responded. Referring to the war thing. There is an elephant in this room, and no, not you. Now, I will retreat!

  29. Avatar Candace C says:

    Linda, Oh, ok, got ya. Still, I don’t think there are trolls on the site so far (?), just some basic difference of opinions from people who like to debate which sometimes gets heated. I’m guilty sometimes of letting things get my goat and “comment hogging” and for that I apologize.