White supremacists to gather in Tenn.
A Caucasian heritage and $75 are the price of entry into this weekend’s international conference for white supremacists in East Tennessee organized by Stormfront, the oldest website devoted to the “white pride, white power” movement. Like a Facebook for white supremacists, Stormfront is the virtual gathering space for like-minded people to meet, post and respond to messages, tell jokes and offer political commentary in a variety of labeled discussion groups that range from “fighting white genocide” to poetry. The Tennessee conference represents a rare offline gathering for Stormfront members. The two-day agenda includes a luncheon and workshops on immigration, political organizing and communications by some of the movement’s best-known contemporary leaders. “This will be a national conference, drawing people from around the United States and Canada,” said Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups. But the 150-mile radius surrounding the meeting includes concentrations of active supremacist groups most likely to attend, he said. Former presidential candidate David Duke will lead “an informal nature walk through the Smokies” on Day 2 of the conference, which begins Saturday. Duke is the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Louisiana lawmaker. The conference is limited to 150 people, but it’s unclear how many will attend.
via tucsoncitizen: White supremacists to gather in Tenn.