The hatemonger next door

How clean-cut Flathead resident Richard Spencer is trying to make white separatism respectable

| October 24, 2013

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His website is evidence of his own duality. On the National Policy Institute’s homepage, a photo of an attractive family gives the impression that the site is just another family values foundation, but if you click on the photo, a dark video depicting riots, shouting blacks and burning buildings unveils what NPI is really about.

The organization seeks to preserve the “heritage, identity and future of European people in the United States and Around the World.” The “lesbians” and “Latinos” have advocates working for them, so why shouldn’t whites, Spencer asks in the video.

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In the video, his voice is mixed over an industrial soundtrack as he intones, “As long as whites continue to avoid and deny their racial identity at a time when almost every other ethnic category is rediscovering and asserting its own, whites will have no chance to resist their disposition.”

This approach is far more sophisticated than that of the dozens of white supremacists who have moved to the Flathead Valley in recent years, as part of a shambolic effort to establish a white “ethno-state” there.

Spencer doesn’t interact much with the others in Montana. His supporters are younger and scattered around the world, from India to France. When I asked Spencer about the other like-minded crusaders in the region, he dismissed them as too overtly radical.

Spencer says he has no desire to advertise his views to his neighbors. “I don’t want to get in big disputes with anyone in Whitefish,” he says. “I would like this to be a place where I have a little bit of an anonymous status.”

“Our job is not to be reactionary in the sense that blacks commit a lot of crime or ‘we don’t like Mexican immigrants.’ All that stuff is real, but we don’t want to be any stupider than that and say, ‘Mussolini is my homeboy,’” Spencer says. “We need to be ahead of the game.”

Packing up, Spencer and I walked slowly out of the coffee shop together, returning to earlier conversations about Washington politics. As we shook hands and parted ways, I turned briefly to get a glimpse of him walking away. I couldn’t help being surprised that that same well-manicured man had just expressed so much hate.

This article first appeared in An online version remains in the Salon archives. Reprinted with permission.


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I posted this a long time ago concerning hate groups. I think it stands to repost it in this article. It’s the same hate with just a new paint job.

I just hope and pray that Montana doesn’t get a bunch of racist people moving in. Our state is one of the best states in the U.S. to live in, if not the very best.

Yes, I don’t agree with a lot of things people say concerning Montana. Normally it’s from the people who move into Montana and voice stupid crap like Medical Marijuana and shove their opinions onto others with no research to back it up. Or when they try to destroy some of the values I was raised up with like saying Merry Christmas or throwing a fit over a statue. I don’t like how some of the people go on about oil, gas and other uses of our natural resources when they drive vehicles, heat their homes with and use the very products they protest. They are all bigots in my eyes! I say if you don’t like my state and the way taxpaying citizens want it, move out.

But most of all I can’t stand white, black, yellow, red or whatever color of race that brings hate into Montana. I would much rather put up with the dope smokers, people who are doing their best to close public land from hunters, voters that don’t pay taxes laying upon taxpayers there stupid plans to pay for and all the rest of the yuppies.

It just sickens me to think this is happening in Montana and I would encourage all Montanans to boycott anything attached with any hate group. I encourage all Montanans to research how these hate groups suck you into their twisted ways of thinking because they are far worse than the rest and will bring hate and distrust. They will hurt your local law enforcement and take away from you their ability to protect your rights. You better wake up Montana before it’s too late.

Montanans, you need to be very careful with these people and God bless you!

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Posted by Shadow on 11/24/2013 at 11:45 AM

This country was built by a very diverse group of people, not just whites. It's an investment, and all involved deserve a piece of the pie.

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Posted by Kenny Bales on 11/02/2013 at 9:56 AM

of course thats where he wants it in Montana, the woman behind (woldwide white seperatist board) lives in Kalispell.

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Posted by tue story on 10/30/2013 at 11:35 PM

...who separates us more than the people who separate us? Like the Independent and all the other fools who continually bring the point of race in every situation. And the whole CELEBRATE DIVERSITY...isn't that totally hypocritical in itself since we should all be as one?

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Posted by dk on 10/30/2013 at 9:17 PM

He said he wants his views to remain unknown (anonymous) in this area. Oops! LOL!
Thank you, Lauren Fox, for writing this article! I am now aware that this jackass lives in my area, and will be sure to let him know how I feel, should I see his arrogant, pathetic, racist face on the street.

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Posted by Bwinslow on 10/30/2013 at 3:59 PM

"Isn't it Rich..." Richard Spencer, the thinking man's white supremacist, calls for a break-away whites-only territory while living smack dab in white-dominated northwestern Montana, which is in close proximity to the white-dominated states of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota. In this massive white-dominated territory, 95% of all the criminal acts that Spencer deplores are committed by white people: robbery, rape, murder, drug dealing, meth addiction, welfare cheating, food stamp abuse, phony worker's compensation claims... In Spencer's white Utopia, virtually all of the crime is committed by members of his beloved white race! Someone once asked me to name my greatest fear. I answered quickly: "Rednecks." A redneck with an above-average IQ is even more dangerous. Imagine the song "Dueling Banjos" played by the Kalispell Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Posted by poodfreemon on 10/28/2013 at 5:09 PM

What is this mentality, "anti-racist is code for anti-white...a country of our own.."???? This world is no ones to be owned. There is no superiority or inferiority. Race is a myth. We are of the same family; human. Science has proved that. The sooner society realizes this, the better the chances for survival of all. It has been shown in history that every empire, with a mind-set of domination, falls. Any who ignores that will fall. In the words of Bill Hicks, we are a species that has yet to earn their thumbs. Love will win. Hate (impure intention) and all those that support it, will fall. That is Nature.

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Posted by Omniamor on 10/27/2013 at 11:54 AM

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White. If White people had a country of our own, this wouldn’t be happening.

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Posted by pfallav on 10/27/2013 at 11:31 AM

No matter how this piece of filth tries to dress or present himself, white supremacists will always be nothing more than homeland terrorists and cowards. Cowards because he fears what he does not know and he want's to kill anyone that he fears. He needs locked up before he does any real harm.

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Posted by Tommy Waters on 10/25/2013 at 8:51 PM

I am fully in support of this Dick Spencer guy creating his 'ethno-state'...on the MOON. I'll stay down here. I know one person I'd like to sterilize.

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Posted by Haley Newberg Hanson on 10/25/2013 at 7:23 PM

Hey, I have an idea. Why don't all the descendants of the European immigrants promoting European nationalism relocate back to Europe.

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Posted by Shianne on 10/25/2013 at 11:03 AM

I hate hatemongers!

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Posted by furburgerlover on 10/25/2013 at 8:43 AM

Mr. Logic your an idiot. No logic to your statement only more of the slimy mentality of a homegrown racist.

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Posted by onetwopunch on 10/25/2013 at 6:53 AM

"crazed or ugly or vicious or just stupid"--he got that much right.
You can't countenance anything this guy says. He cites eugenic rap that was relegated to the dung heap a century ago and only resurrected in Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa. How could the author have " found [herself] nodding along with him" about anything he had to say?
Do not bother to argue points with this dangerous fool. Do not counter this nonsense with reasoned responses. Right now in his mind this guy is the star of his own show. Public recognition--as in this article--is what he seeks and relishes.

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Posted by dmidgett on 10/24/2013 at 10:29 PM

Actually we're making great progress toward real diversity in this country. White people (yuk!) will soon be a minority, and by the end of the century will probably fall to about 30% of our demographic. Soon after, we may well be able to achieve a final solution of the Caucasian problem, and even get rid of them altogether. Perhaps by then we will be able to create a culture as fair minded and as vibrant as Haiti or The Democratic Republic of Congo. Try to imagine a culture that is approximately half African and half Hispanic, a combination of, say, Detroit and Guatemala. Education? Civilization? Two-parent households? Literacy? Self-discipline? Sexual restraint? Who needs that shit! You feel me?
Tito Perdue

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Posted by Tito Perdue on 10/24/2013 at 2:54 PM

When i was in the military, right before Kennedy was killed and during the first sit-ins in Charleston, where I was stationed...I had black friends! We were very good friends and went everywhere(we could..which was the bus station and a fine clothing store) together. No it was "not approved of" by my superiors and peers, however, I continued, even tho I was "punished"! They could not stop me but they threw all they had at me and I just ignored them and kept my friends and my loyalty..why? Because I had no sense before joining the military, of discrimination...had never seen it, never felt the effects until I ended up in Charleston. I had never seen black only restrooms and drinking fountains! It was horrendous to me (an 18 year old white girl) that this actually took place in the USA and when it began to happen to me personally BECAUSE I had black friends I could not believe it not tolerate it. It was embarrassing that our military had such an attitude...I could not wait to get discharged and yes, I continued having black friends for many years...HAD I KNOWN this was going on in Montana I would NEVER have moved here...this "Dick person" and his kind need to leave this country!!!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 10/24/2013 at 2:21 PM

As soon as the black population in the cities wake up from their ignorance and realize that the illegal Mexicans stole their welfare they will clash. Soon Our government will be cutting the food stamp allocations and there will be less money for much more expensive food. I do expect that at anytime there will be full scale riots in our cities and the population will decrease substantially among the Mexicans and blacks. As well their victims will be the whites who are too stupid to have armed their homes from such intruders. So to sum it up I would call it a win win with the loss of stupid gun banning whites, illegals, and welfare inner city second and third generation blacks. The american Indians will feed off of themselves as most of them in this country have been fourth and fifth generation welfare. God Bless America. Here comes Martial Law!

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Posted by Mr. Logic on 10/24/2013 at 12:50 PM

What the #$*@!? The growing threat of diversity? I mean, I am always up for an intellectual and open-minded sharing of differing views - ahhh, the gift of diversity! This dude can't be for real. If so, I am blindsidely fascinated at such a world-view. The statement, "We are undergoing a sad process of degeneration", represents this Dick Spencer as a, well...maybe just a kid trying shake things up a bit. Mr. Dick, might I remind you, as you seem grossly mis or uninformed of a couple centuries back on this continent, which was thriving and cared for by the indigenous since time immemorial - but once the Euro-Crats got here....well, look around. Your comment of growing degeneration amongst the whites is more then asinine considering the true history. Contrary to the history you got out of your 8th grade Social Studies text. If you are so convinced of your neo racism, I dare you to come to Missoula and we'll hold a discussion. Shit, I'll pay for your bus ticket. Just remember who's country you're in, Dick and wipe your feet first...remember your manners. You can't stop diversity the same way I cannot heal you from your affliction of the massive mental imbalance you suffer from. But I forgive you. Come to Missoula - you need a hug.

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Posted by Omniamor on 10/24/2013 at 12:45 PM
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