NAAWP: Duke's Progeny Online
While David Duke has recently allied himself with the National Alliance,
his NAAWP has also jumped on the Internet bandwagon.
Duke once described the NAAWP as "a perfect foil for me." Around
1990, soon after his successful run for the Louisiana State Legislature,
he resigned from leadership of the group, but he still remained active
behind the scenes. Duke's campaign treasurer, Paul Allen, became the NAAWP's
leader, and the office for Duke's unsuccessful 1991 gubernatorial campaign
served as the group's headquarters. The NAAWP has described Duke as "former
NAAWP President and still, best friend to the organization," and
Duke's Web site proudly identifies him as "founder and former National
President of the NAAWP."
The NAAWP portrays itself as a non-profit "white rights" organization
that defends white interests and rights in the same fashion that the NAACP
works for the "Advancement of Colored People." Unlike some groups
that proudly embrace the label of "racist," the NAAWP is more
subtle in its hate. As early as 1985, the NAAWP encouraged its followers
to mute their white supremacist views and "never refer to racial
superiority or inferiority, only talk about racial differences, carefully
avoiding value judgements." The NAAWP North Carolina chapter Web
site responds to the question "Is the NAAWP a 'hate group'?"
with a firm "absolutely not." At the national NAAWP site, a
group leader writes, "I don't condemn black people. I want the best
for them, both from a compassionate Christian-point-of-view, and because
if they escape from the cycle of poverty, drugs, and crime, then we too
will be better off." According to the NAAWP Michigan chapter, "the
NAAWP doesn't stand for hating anyone, and more importantly it never has.
It's about building a new, better society. A homogeneous community where
everyone contributes, everyone benefits, and all share a common set of
values and cultural beliefs."
|The National NAAWP Web site offers particularly clear examples
of the bigotry that underlies the NAAWP's talk about 'white rights.'
The NAAWP, like David Duke, has tried to hide its hate, but its racist
and anti-Semitic views, like those of its founder, are evident. NAAWP
News, the group's newsletter, has regularly published articles with
titles like "Anti-Semitism is normal for people seeking to control
their own destiny"; "Jewish control of the media is the single
most dangerous threat to Christianity," and "Why most Negroes
On its Web sites as well, the NAAWP shows its true colors. "Tired
of Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day, Miss Black USA, Black
Entertainment Network, The United Negro College Fund, [and] Affirmative
Action?" asks the NAAWP Arkansas chapter site. The Hawaii chapter's
site calls gays "the worst predators on [sic] our children"
and declares, "the Jesse Jacksons of this World just want White Women
around to Pimp for Money and Drugs and to make the White Man Pay."
The National NAAWP Web site offers particularly clear examples of the
bigotry that underlies the NAAWP's talk about "white rights."
It presents an anti-Semitic essay by National Alliance member Kevin Alfred
Strom with the comment, "this essay is a real call to all arms for
all the races and nations of the world to rise up against these hypocrites,
deceivers and tyrants - the j*ws [sic]." The site also posts another
essay by Strom, "The Beast as Saint," which purports to discredit
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a plagiarizer and a patron of prostitutes.
A third document at the site, "Jews, Jews, Jews," offers "proof
that the Jew really does control the media" in the way of a list
of "Jewish CEOs.