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Don Black’s foremost activity is operating Stormfront, the largest and most popular meeting place for white supremacists on the entire Internet. One of the very first hate sites created on the Web, it is widely accessed and has links to hate groups all over the world. Stormfront’s forum members interact with other white supremacists from around the globe, discussing ideology, upcoming events, and recruitment strategies, among countless other subjects. In addition to his role as founder and operator, Black co-hosts an Internet radio show hosted on the Stormfront site.

Don Black (center) at a white supremacist conference in November 2008 with son Derek (left) and Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm (right)

Black is also an active member of Twitter, which he joined in May 2009 in order to increase traffic to Stormfront. Nearly all of his more than 1,000 “tweets” are links back to user-generated forum topics on Stormfront, often with a racist or anti-Semitic theme. For example, in June 2009, Black created a tweet with the text “Little White Girl and Mom Killed by Illegal Wetback” and a link to a Stormfront topic of the same name. That same month, a Black tweet linked to a Stormfront post espousing Holocaust denial.

Black also has had a hand in promoting white supremacist infiltration of the right-wing Tea Party events, staged in cities throughout the country on April 15 and July 4, 2009. He became a member of the Tea Party Americans Coalition, created by a member of Stormfront as “a working group for serious White racialist ACTIVISTS in the US who want to effectively coordinate our efforts and intervene for effect in Tea Party-type events.” The group promotes anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant themes.

Don Black speaks at a conference convened by David Duke in November 2008. His son Derek (left) looks on.

In November 2008, just days after Barack Obama won the presidential election, Black attended and participated in a meeting convened by anti-Semite and white supremacist David Duke. Held in Memphis, Tennessee, under the name of Duke’s European Unity and Rights Organization, the conference brought together white supremacists from the United States, Canada, and Russia. In his speech, Black explained that “white Americans are fed up with black crime, immigration, and now they are backed into a corner…their country is being taken away from them and they will fight back…we will provide them with those answers.”

During the primary election season earlier that year, Black was an active supporter of Republican candidate Ron Paul, contributing money to his campaign and using Stormfront to generate interest in Paul among other white supremacists.

In July 2008, Don Black was a guest speaker at a meeting in Orlando, Florida, organized by the Confederate Hammerskins, a chapter of the Hammerskin Nation, a hardcore racist skinhead group. Black also attended a February 2008 conference convened by the white supremacist American Renaissance publication. He is a frequent attendee at American Renaissance conferences, which take place once every two years and include a large grouping of anti-Semites and white supremacists from around the world.

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