Don Black is the founder and operator of Stormfront, the most popular Internet meeting place for anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. Black operates Stormfront from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Stormfront servesas a repository, resource and meeting place for white supremacists of every stripe. Visitors and members to Stormfront’s electronic forum interact with other white supremacists from around the globe discussing ideology, upcoming events, and recruitment strategies, among countless other subjects. The site’s logo is “White Pride, World Wide.”
Created in 1995 as one of the first hate sites on the Web, Stormfront has exploded into a forum with over 6 million posts, 490,000 discussion threads, and 170,000 members. Though the majority of posts are in English, there are discussion threads in Croatian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, French, Russian, and other languages. Following the election of Barack Obama, so many white supremacists tried to post messages to Stormfront’s server that it became overloaded and the site was temporarily shut down.
Stormfront does more than host on-line message boards. Its Internet radio program broadcasts shows hosted by white supremacists and anti-Semites. Recently, forum members have been able to create their own individual blogs on Stormfront. Visitors to the forum immediately notice banners that promote Stormfrontand a variety of white supremacist causes.
Internet forums like Stormfront have increased the size of the white supremacist movement, providing points of access for those wishing to engage in extreme ideology at a level with which they feel comfortable. From the safety and anonymity of home, people can simply observe, take it one step further and interact with others, or even spearhead the planning of a gathering or campaign. In fact, Stormfront members often organize real-world events like barbeques and meetings, which are frequently billed as ‘Stormfront’ gatherings. In this way, the forum has the elements of an organization in and of itself. In addition to its role as a vehicle for planning real-world activity, Stormfront’s forums are places for cooks to share recipes to feed white families, for singles to find white matches, and for parents to exchange ideas about how to raise white children.
Among the numerous extremist posting to its pages, the Stormfront membership list includes notorious anti-Semite and white supremacist David Duke; long-time neo-Nazi figure April Gaede, mother of the neo-Nazi singing twins Prussian Blue; and Willis Carto, a long-time anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, who publishes the anti-Semitic American Free Press newspaper.
Black acquired computer skills while serving a three-year federal prison term for attempting to overthrow the government of the small Caribbean island of Dominica, for which he was convicted in 1981. He later expanded on these skills to develop the Stormfront site. Though Black controls the site, his teenage son Derek, a rising figure in the movement, is a likely successor.
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