The American Front is a racist skinhead group that is active in several states around the country. The group espouses an anti-Semitic, white supremacist ideology and disseminates its message in public events that demonize Jews, immigrants, and other minorities. Before the current leader took the helm of the group in 2002, American Front was unusual in that it espoused “Third Positionist” beliefs, a peculiar blend of right-wing extremism that rejects both capitalism and communism in favor of an ill-defined “third way.”
Founder: Bob Heick; founded in 1987|
Leader: unclear since the 2011 death of former leader David Lynch
Location/Headquarters: Leader based in California; members in several states around the country.
Ideology: Anti-Semitism, White supremacy, Third Positionist
Affiliations: Vinlanders, Volksfront, Sacto Skins, Bay Area Skinheads, Confederation of Racialist Working Class Skinheads, the United Society of Aryan Skinheads, Berdoo Skins.
Although American Front is not particularly large, it is one of the oldest continuously active racist skinhead groups in the United States. However, few original members are still with the group; most of the current membership is new. American Front has a legacy of criminal activity that ranges from brutal hate crimes to acts of terrorism.
To broaden its support base and recruit members, the American Front has affiliated itself with racist skinhead and neo-Nazi groups across the country, particularly in California. In addition, the group has promoted support for members of The Order, a white supremacist terrorist group that carried out armed robberies, assassinations and other crimes during the 1980s.