November 18, 2007

THE TITLE'S ACCURATE ANYWAY:

Neo-Nazis Lose a Clubhouse: After a Voice article describes a white-power picnic, heads roll (Maria Luisa Tucker, November 13th, 2007, Village Voice)

An Elmwood Park, New Jersey, meeting hall, run by a patriotic men's association called the Junior Order of American Mechanics, had been a regular venue for white-supremacist groups like the National Alliance and National Vanguard for more than 15 years. Former Klan leader and Louisiana Congressman David Duke has held court there, along with the white-supremacist teenage-sister act Prussian Blue. Most recently, it was the site of a Memorial Day barbecue for members of Stormfront, the nation's leading white-supremacist message board. Throughout the event, Rich Lindstrom, a Junior Order member and a well-known white supremacist, played host—and apparently kept the racist content of the meetings from his higher-ups in the Order.

"We didn't have a clue until we read the Voice article," says Harry Thompson, the secretary treasurer for the New Jersey Junior Order. Soon after, the Junior Order head honchos did some housecleaning: They expelled Lindstrom and five fellow white supremacists for insubordination after the men ignored a request to submit a list of people who had been using the meeting hall. In July, the Junior Order heard Lindstrom's appeal, but refused to allow him and the others back into the group. "I can't say anything bad about Brother Lindstrom—he's a great guy," Thompson says. "His belief is his belief, but not in our building and not under our charter. . . . They were muddying our name."

Thompson and other Junior Order members cleaned out the hall, turning over all the financial records, VHS tapes, and books they found there—including The Triumph of Reason: The Thinking Man's Guide to Adolf Hitler—to the police.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2007 4:59 PM
Comments

I suppose it is a waste of time to correct the record, but David Duke served one term in the Louisiana legislature and was never a member of Congress.

Posted by: Earl Sutherland at November 18, 2007 5:42 PM

A white-power picnic--is that anything like a . . .? Obviously, it is.

Ironic, is it not, how anything these Stormfront types touch becomes an immediate Rassenshande.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 19, 2007 3:48 PM
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