Fascist USA: Coeur d’Alene and a Legacy of Hate

Cassandra Devereaux
Large group of “Patriotic Front” fascists arrested when preparing to attach Pride March in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

PART I: 19TH CENTURY NORTHWEST ETHNOSTATES AND THE GENOCIDE OF INDIGENOUS NATIONS

Coeur d’Alene,the largest city in Northern Idaho, is set in truly breathtaking country. It’s on a lake that shares its name to the south, and another lake to the east. To the east, west, and south of the lake are miles of evergreen trees. A thirty-minute drive will take you to Spokane, Washington. Just outside of city limits, on Hayden Lake to the northeast, is a grimmer landmark: the former compound of the Aryan Nations. This is Coeur d’Alene where 31 fascists were recently apprehended attempting to attack a local Pride celebration.

The Pacific Northwest has a long history of white supremacy. In 1843, years prior to the U.S. Civil War, Oregon to the west of Idaho rejected chattel slavery (while reaffirming prison slavery). However, due to fears that runaway and otherwise freed enslaved people would move there, in 1844 the state government passed the first of a series of their Black exclusion laws. The first such law affirmed the ban on chattel slavery while also decreeing that all Black men must leave the state within two years, and all other Black people a year later. The penalty for failing to leave by the deadline was the whip and expulsion. Late that year, the law was extended to allow a freed enslaved person to be sold in Oregon if the person who ‘bought’ them entered a contract with the state. That was conditional on the promise the enslaved be removed from Oregon at the end of said contract. Slavery was legal again. A subsequent 1849 law laid bare the fears that drove these laws. Describing this law to Congress, one delegate said:

“The negroes associate with the Indians and intermarry, and, if their free ingress is encouraged or allowed, there would a relationship spring up between them and the different tribes, and a mixed race would ensue inimical to the whites; and the Indians being led on by the negro who is better acquainted with the customs, language, and manners of the whites, than the Indian, these savages would become much more formidable than they otherwise would, and long and bloody wars would be the fruits of the commingling of the races.”

As is always the case with the far right and white supremacists, they feared solidarity between oppressed peoples.

First Oregon Black exclusion law text (article 35, c. 1844)First Oregon Black exclusion law text (article 35, c. 1844)By 1850, the Black population of the state was under 50. In 1857, Oregon voted for statehood, and article 35 to the Oregon constitution was passed to amend the state’s bill of rights. By 1860, the Black population had increased from under 50 to only 75. As of 2016, Oregon is a little over 85% white.Article 35 read,

“No free negro or mulatto not residing in this state at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall come, reside or be within this state or hold any real estate, or make any contracts, or maintain any suit therein; and the legislative assembly shall provide by penal laws for the removal by public officers of all such negroes and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the state, and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the state, or employ or harbor them.”

In other words, the government wanted a white supremacist ethnostate.

Although invalidated by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution after the Civil War, this article remained on the books for an additional 58 years.

In the area around the modern cities of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Spokane, Washington the Coeur d’Alene war was fought in 1858. Indigenous nations resisted being displaced onto reservations and fought back against the encroaching power of the U.S. Army and the industrialists whose whims they served. A thousand Skitswish (called the Coeur d’Alene by white people), Spokane, and Palouse warriors defeated U.S. troops in the Battle of Four Lakes. Colonel George Wright responded in force, defeating the indigenous alliance. The army committed the mass hanging of 17 indigenous people, including Chief Qualchan of the Yakima, along a river that became known as Hangman’s Creek. A historical marker at the site notes this history, reducing the number hanged by 10 and claiming that the hangings brought peace. As had happened so often since Europeans colonized the continent, indigenous blood was spilled on their own land by white soldiers to forward the genocidal and imperialist project of manifest destiny and white rule.

By the early 20th century, the newly revived KKK found surging membership in the Pacific Northwest. A man named “Major” Luther Ivan Powell organized the Washington State Ku Klux Klan and went on to successfully organize chapters in Idaho, California, Alaska, Montana, and, of course, in Oregon, where the Black exclusion laws were still in living memory. He found kindred spirits in anti-Catholic fraternal organizations, especially ritualistic secret societies such as the Freemasons. He brought many from these organizations into the Klan. He successfully shepherded thousands of people into the ranks of his chapters and founded a weekly magazine that spread Klan propaganda and filled their coffers.
A Ku Klux Klan March in Ashland, Oregon (Date unknown; estimated to be from the 1920s) (Oregon Historical Society)A Ku Klux Klan March in Ashland, Oregon (Date unknown; estimated to be from the 1920s) (Oregon Historical Society)

Powell was so successful at his nefarious schemes that he organized dozens of chapters in one year alone. In Vancouver, he organized a chapter which he marched through the streets. However his personality was awful, and, even among white supremacists, he gained a reputation as a troublemaker and grifter. Canada deported him and barred his reentry. The Vancouver Klan, which he himself organized, expelled him and called on Canadian officials to deport him back to the U.S. He eventually returned to his home state of Louisiana where he organized a group called the Khaki Shirts of America, styled after the Nazi Brownshirts, and later became an organizer for the similar Silver Shirt Legion of America.

Although Powell left the Pacific Northwest, white supremacy remained in the extremely white region, where it still thrives to this day.

PART II: ARYAN NATIONS AND FASCIST UNITY

Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler was born in 1918 in the vicinity of Denver, Colorado.  In his boyhood, he delivered Liberty Magazine, which was subtitled, “A Magazine for Everyone”. Without noting the irony of this, it printed a sensationalized serial novel that depicted a takeover of the United States by villainous ‘race-mixing’ Bolsheviks. Butler was enthralled by this story. He went on to study aeronautical engineering in college, then took a job with a company that sent him to British occupied India to overhaul military aircraft. He was assigned a valet who described his understanding of the caste system of the British colony as a system of racial purity, which left an impression on young Butler. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in the U.S. colony of Hawaii, Butler enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he taught hydraulics as they relate to aircraft.  While he signed on to fight Japan, he fell in love with another member nation of the Anti-Comintern Pact, known in the U.K. and U.S. spheres of influence as the Axis powers.

Butler adored and idolized Hitler and his white supremacy, fascism, and anti-communism. About Hitler and his Third Reich, Butler said decades later,

“In the newsreels of the day, I was thrilled to see the movies of the marching Germans. In those days, all we knew was that Hitler hated communists, and so did my folks — as we did.”

After the war, Butler became an enthusiastic supporter of Senator McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts, and the House Un-American Activities Committee’s virulent anti-communism. He donated to Senator Joe McCarthy’s campaign, and joined the California Committee to Combat Communism. For the latter, he hoped to root out communist educators. The attacks on educators and education we see today is nothing new. Today, as then, this was done in the name of fighting communism.

Slithering through the years in and out of explicitly anti-semitic, racist, homophobic, transphobic church congregations and organizations, he was hired in ‘68 by military contractor Lockheed-Martin. In time, he co-invented a tire repair system, netting him a sizable sum and allowing him to retire at the age of 55. This money allowed him to buy a farm on the shore of Hayden Lake in vastly white Idaho, seven miles outside Coeur d’Alene. Butler was ready to indulge his fascist fantasies and bring into the world a twisted vision.

From his land he started a self-described ‘Christian Posse Comitatus’, referencing the infamous armed, violent far-right organization. By 1977 his project had developed into the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, more famously known as the neo-nazi Aryan Nations. His land was now a compound of armed and dedicated militant neo-Nazis.

Two years later, the Greensboro Massacre became a turning point in the modern far right. A group of communist anti-racists came to a majority Black housing project in Greensboro, North Carolina. A cadre of armed Klansmen and Nazis descended upon them in force and fired upon them, killing 5 and injuring 10 more. National media was there to capture the scene, yet uniformed police were nowhere to be found. Certainly no cops intervened. Still, due to popular pressure they were apprehended quickly and although the bloodbath was captured on camera, they were handily acquitted by all white juries. To describe the white nationalist movement  as giddy was an understatement. Until the massacre, white supremacist formations had been distrustful of each other. The ultranationalist Klan, with leadership that lived through the WWII years, saw Nazis as enemies to the United States. After Greensboro, they saw each other as natural allies, and Butler saw an opportunity to unite them.

The Greensboro Massacre happened in November of 1979. In 1981, Aryan Nations hosted the first of what would become regular ‘Aryan World Conferences’, a summit where the elite of the white supremacy movement would gather, including Louis Beam. Beam founded the organization White Aryan Resistance or W.A.R. He communicated with and inspired murderers and terrorists including Timothy McVeigh and Dylann Roof, and is sometimes described as the father of modern white nationalism. Other attendees would include several former klansmen. Don Black, who created the Stormfront internet forum, was there. Racist lawyer Kirk Lyons, who defends extremists and was married at the compound, attended as well. From this compound, Butler mentored Robert J. Matthews who founded terrorist group ‘The Order.’ The Order killed Jewish radio host Alan Berg and they stole $3.6 million from an armored car to launch a race war. Fourteen attendees to the 1983 congress would be indicted for conspiracy to commit murder and sedition in a plan birthed there but were acquited- the reason offered being a lack of evidence. Aryan Nations also had a successful outreach into prisons, and hosted a concert featuring skinhead bands from the ‘Rock Against Communism’ movement to celebrate Hitler’s birthday.
Victoria Keenan (center), her son Jason Keenan (right), and her daughter Sarah Keenan on the steps of a federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene in 2001.Victoria Keenan (center), her son Jason Keenan (right), and her daughter Sarah Keenan on the steps of a federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene in 2001. | Photo: cdapress.com

And then, there was the violence. Followers committed murderers and shootings. A former guard on the compound shot 70 rounds into a Jewish community center and murdered a Filipino letter carrier on the scene. Shootings and murders were commonplace for Aryan Nations members for decades. In the end, this doomed them. Victoria Keenan and her son Jason, members of the Cherokee nation, were headed home from a wedding. On the way home, they stopped their ‘77 Datsun by the Aryan Nation compound after something fell off the car. They retrieved the item, and when they restarted the car, it backfired. Thinking the sound was gunfire, three guards of the compound opened fire, and when the Keenans fled they chased and shot at them. Their car was run into a ditch. One guard grabbed Ms. Keenan by the hair and pressed a gun to her head. She was saved when another car approached. The guards fled after giving a Nazi salute.

After the incident, the Keenans sued Aryan Nations and won a $6.3 million settlement, bankrupting Butler and his fascist organization. In 2000, the compound was bought and the buildings destroyed. Some structures were torn down by heavy machinery, others burned in a firefighter training exercise. Poor, working class, and oppressed peoples hailed the victory and optimistically saw this as a turning point for Coeur d’Alene and Idaho. Of course, dissolving an organization doesn’t dismantle an ideology. The former members, and the white nationalist movements of the United States, weren’t going to concede their capitol of hate in Coeur d’Alene, nor the Pacific Northwest for which they had a perverse vision.

PART III: THE MODERN MOVEMENT FOR A ‘WHITE HOMELAND’ IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

The Aryan Nations compound is demolished after a jury's verdict against the group forced it to go bankrupt in September 2000.The Aryan Nations compound is demolished after a jury’s verdict against the group forced it to go bankrupt in September 2000.

In the days before the destruction of the Aryan Nations compound, leader Richard Butler and a Michigan-based former Klan Grand Dragon, Robert E. Miles, contrived a vision of the Pacific Northwest as a fascist white ethnostate. Both had founded Christian Identity churches, which interpret the faith through a racial lens. According to Christian Identity, Celtic and Germanic people are the true descendants of the prophet Abraham and, therefore, were God’s chosen people. It posits that when the Kingdom of God, described in the Bible, is established on earth, everyone but white people would be either enslaved or exterminated.

While explicitly Christian Identity churches are in decline, the ideas are still a motivating force for much of the far right, with implications for the Northwest. They planned to make Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana into a fascist white ethnostate in what was dubbed the Northwest Territorial Imperative. Sometimes called the Northwest Imperative, this is a return to the animating concepts behind Oregon’s Black exclusion laws; a plan to expel (or kill) everyone who isn’t white. It was the Northwest Imperative that brought Randy Weaver to Idaho where the Ruby Ridge siege resulted when law enforcement attempted to apprehend him.

Another adherent to the Northwest Imperative plan was Harold Amstead Covington. Formerly of the U.S. Army, he was expelled when he was caught distributing Nazi propaganda. Covington went to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to kill Africans in service of their white apartheid state. There, Covington founded the Rhodesian White People’s party. Even by the standards of white supremacist apartheid Rhodesia, Covington was deported for being too extreme. He returned to the United States, where he would eventually become leader of the National Socialist party of America. Prior to the Greensboro Massacre, he was already trying to build a Nazi-Klan alliance, and two members of his NSPA helped conduct it. Later in life he adopted the Northwest Initiative idea, and formed a group called the Northwest Front. Northwest Front hosts a variety of propaganda. There is a podcast, a blog, and a series of Covington’s novels which depict a ‘Northwest Volunteer Army’ forming after a fictional ‘Coeur d’Alene incident’ in which the federal government attempted to take kids from a white nationalist family to give to affluent liberals to raise. These books were also sold on Amazon until public pressure forced the company to remove them in 2019.
Promotional image for Covington’s series of Northwest Front books.

Northwest Front was referenced in Dylann Roof’s manifesto related to his murder of nine Black congregants at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. 2015. Other admirers and co-conspirators are  Chistopber ‘Coast Guard Nazi’ Hasson, the Nazi terrorist militias Atomwaffen Division and The Base. For vast numbers of U.S. Nazi groupings and individuals, their fantasy of the Pacific Northwest is the dream, their ‘blood and soil.’ Especially beloved by them is that capitol of hate, Coeur d’Alene. In recent years, many in the far right have been packing up and moving to the Northwest in droves. 93% white, Idaho has become home to many, and the once fringe white nationalist viewpoint has become mainstream.

Coeur d’Alene lies in Kootenai County, and the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee endorses explicitly white nationalist candidates such as Dave Reilly. A promoter of the deadly Unite the Right rally and former member of the fascist Identity EvropaReilly relocated to Kootenai County from out of state. This group rebranded to the American Identity Movement in the wake of Unite the Right.  Reilly also regularly posts bigoted perspectives about Jewish people, women, and those in the LGBTQIA2S+ communities. Confronted with proof of this history, including a characterization of Judaism as “the religion of the antiChrist”, KCRCC Chair Brent Regan went to the right’s usual deflections. He dished out claims of ‘fake news’ and cancel culture, then compared Reilly to ‘inspirational’ Trump apologist and far right conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell. In the end, the KCRCC proudly stands by their endorsement of Reilly. Said Regan in a prepared statement:

“I believe Dave is a good man who will make an excellent Trustee and will resist the Progressive/Marxist indoctrination of our children.”

By ‘Marxist indoctrination’ they refer to the plain and unadorned truth about the history of the United States rather than the usual nationalist indoctrinations found in textbooks.

In March of this year, a recorded phone calll was released between a Kootenai County voter and KCRCC Youth Chair Dan Bell regarding a plan to subvert their Democratic Party counterparts from within. In the call, Bell says,

“Long story short, we want to take over the Democrat Party.” He boasted, “I know from personal observation that certain members of the KCRCC are masters of deception with an ability to twist the meaning of even their own statements.” With this claim, he detailed a plan to take control of the local Democrats by running undercover right wing operatives as candidates for positions within the establishment with the aim of subverting and taking over from within. KCRCC also passed a resolution in support of the notorious anti-communist and racist John Birch Society. Infamous white nationalists, such as Vincent James Foxx, post photos from KCRCC events where they pose with smiling politicians from Dave Reilly to the Lieutenant Governor. Foxx founded the far right media outlet Red Elephants and claims that 9/11 was a result of Jewish conspirators. He also attended the January 6 attempted coup and called the white supremacist Buffalo shooter, “right about white replacement”.

In a speech, Foxx said:

“We must have a deep desire to dominate without mercy, and if you refuse to dominate, then America First will dominate you!”

Left to right White supremacists Vincent James Foxx, Dave Reilly, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin who Trump endorsed as a candidate for Governor in the state

In the wake of the popular uprisings following the murder of George Floyd by police in 2020, over 400 far right militia members armed with assault rifles and military gear confronted a handful of anti-racist protesters in Coeur d’Alene who turned out to peacefully demonstrate. The mayor and city council praised the armed far right presence as ‘reassuring’. The far right shut down school board meetings that were to hear from public health officials during a Covid-19 surge. They harassed health care workers. Carrying military hardware, they confronted children during a LGBTQIA2S+ event at a public library. Militant fascists and white supremacists in general are on the march- quite literally- in Coeur d’Alene as they are all over the U.S. and Canada.

The Huffington Post quoted Shawn Keenan, who is nephew and cousin to the Keenans, who sued and bankrupted Aryan Nations, saying:

“They have completely rebranded what it is to be a conservative here in north Idaho, and they have literally excommunicated and cleaned house of any rational, regular conservative from their ranks.” 

Of course, a ‘rational conservative’, like centrists and liberals, serve Wall Street. ‘Rationality’ in this use merely means a lack of overt allegiance to domestic extremists.

Leading up to the Coeur d’Alene Pride celebration of this year right wing influencers from around the country trumpeted the cause of ‘defending’ Coeur d’Alene from ‘degenerates’ and ‘pedophiles’. Both are code words for all folks in the LGBTQIA2S+ communities, referring to longstanding and fraudulent claims that associate homosexuality with pedophilia. Of course, pedophiles are overwhelmingly heterosexual and cisgender, not gay or trans. It was Reilly himself who asked the ‘Libs of Tiktok’ twitter account run by Chaya Raichik to send out the call to extremists to shut down Pride In The Park.  Libs of Tiktok serves as a clearinghouse for right fury, serving bigoted outrage that is picked up and repeated by right wing media from Fox news on down. Idaho Tribune, a right wing blog that poses as a legitimate news source and which regularly promotes Reilly, tied the event to satanists. Of course, this was chum in the water to Evangelicals and Christian Identity true believers. According to a SPLC article:

“Anti-racist activists also tipped Hatewatch off to infrastructural overlap between a website that promotes Reilly by name and Idaho Tribune. Hatewatch reviewed source code for David Reilly’s website and the Idaho Tribune site and confirmed that the two sites share graphics from the same web-hosting account, meaning they are likely controlled by the same person.”

Another amplifier of the call to attack Coeur d’Alene’s pride event is racist Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson, who published the call on his blog on June 7. A British man and far right media darling, Watson was exposed in recordings published by one British outlet saying such things as:

“I really think you should press the button to wipe Jews off the face of the Earth.” 

and 

“Media f*gg*t activists [are] up in my face trying to get me to join the gay f*gg*t Palestinian cause. I don’t give a shit about Israel and Palestine. I care about white people. Not sand n****r Jew P*ki f*gg*t  c***s”. 

As has been widely covered without the broader context, white nationalist and explicitly fascist Patriot Front heeded this call. On June 13 of this year, 31 members of the formation were apprehended. Their intent was to attack the Pride event. This organization split from the neo-nazi Vanguard America after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The men were dressed in identical uniforms of khaki pants, blue shirts and coats, and baseball caps. The U-Haul also contained baseball bats, shields, and white balaclavas. Their intention was to assault attendees of Pride in the Park. Of these men, only one lived in Idaho, the rest coming from as far as Virginia. For them, as for white supremacists and fascists all over the U.S., Coeur d’Alene is seen as sacrosanct to their hope for an ethnostate. It is their fascist dream of ‘Blood and Soil’, the soil of the land soaked in the blood of indigenous peoples and that of the victims of Aryan Nation’s killers.
Large group of “Patriotic Front” fascists arrested when preparing to attach Pride March in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

After Patriot Front was thwarted by community members who witnessed them on the way to the park, far right propagandists stepped in to blame everyone from antifa to nonbinary folk. Andy Ngô, who has a history of defending Fascists by blaming antifa, posted a photo of an individual with visible facial stubble, long pink hair, and eye shadow. He made the claim that this person went by the pronouns ‘it/its’. “It” is commonly used by transphobes to dehumanize trans and nonbinary people, and is almost certainly not used as pronouns by  the individual pictured if by anyone at all. ‘Evidence’ of arrest for violence and drug use and support from antifa were posted by Ngô and spread by the far right media sphere. These claims are found nowhere else, and are certainly lies straight from fascist propagandists to inflame their audiences. And so, fascism marches on, gathering steam, even in Patriot Front’s failure.

PART IV: COMMUNISM AND THE ANTI-RACIST STRUGGLE

“We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.” – Huey P Newton former Chairman of the Black Panther Party

Looking through the history of white nationalism and fascism in the U.S. and beyond, it’s striking that it is always married to anti-communism. While they tend to be unclear on what communism is, attributing it to such Democratic Party figures as Nancy “we’re capitalists” Pelosi and the most milquetoast of centrist policies, they understand communism to be the greatest oppositional force to fascism and white supremacy. In this, they’re correct. From Marx’s support for the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States to the Soviet opposition to the fascist Anti-Comintern Pact nations in WWII, it’s been communists who have led the charge to stop them. Martin Niemöller wrote of the Nazi concentration camps,

“First they came for the Communists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist…”

And so the Nazis did, outfitting communists and then socialists writ large with red triangles on their concentration camp uniforms. Decades on, Fred Hampton of the communist Black Panther Party said,

“We say it’s no longer a question of violence or non-violence. We say it’s a question of resistance to fascism or non-existence within fascism.”

Another thread running through right wing discourse is the perverse and ironic use of the word ‘freedom.’ Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill was heralded by supporters of Governor DeSantis as a win for freedom. Book bannings are lionized as serving freedom. Trans sports bans? Freedom, somehow. And, of course, advocates of the Northwest Initiative claim to serve ‘white freedom’. The right wing, without any apparent self-awareness, invoke freedom while working to crush it because by ‘freedom’, they mean white heterosexual cisgender Christian hegemony. To put it another way ‘freedom for me, not for thee’ which is no freedom at all. In contrast, Communists understand freedom as liberation from oppressive structures and crushing conditions. Angela Davis said,

“The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what’s that? The freedom to starve?”

Of course, where there is white supremacy, there is homophobia, transphobia, and all the assorted hatreds of LGBTQIA2S+ peoples. Hate is a comorbid condition. Just as anxiety disorders are often comorbid with substance abuse, hatred of Black, Brown, Asian/Pacific Islander and indigenous peoples walks hand in hand with hatred of Jews, Muslims, and of non heterosexual/transgender people. There are always outliers like Andy Ngô and Milo Yiannopoulos who support fascism and serve as deflections when fascist racism and homophobia are called out. However, fascism is an ever tightening circle and those who are useful today are purged tomorrow, finding expulsion if not a gruesome end.

While droves of white nationalists have already relocated to the Pacific Northwest, so many more, a vast majority, have not. We can look to Coeur d’Alene, but have to remember it’s only one focal point in a fascist phenomenon that can be found from the grandest metropolises to the tiniest villages in the United States, Canada, and beyond. Coeur d’Alene is not the only land in the United States that has known genocide. Every inch of the 50 states has. While the now destroyed Aryan Nations’ land is perhaps the best known white nationalist compound, it is far from the only one. The destruction of Aryan Nations just gave way to new organizations and avenues for hate to advance. Communists cannot become complacent but must fight fascism wherever it makes itself known. We must be the proverbial knife at the throat of white supremacy, and we must never relent in our opposition to fascism. We are uniquely qualified to do so. Where fascists want to scapegoat oppressed people, we build bonds of trust and solidarity across lines of poor, working class, and oppressed people. They do it with lies and scapegoating. We do it with sober analysis and the truth.

But to do this, we need to build a united front of militant opposition of anti-fascists all across the left. We are not engaged in a mere rhetorical battle. This is no war of words, but a struggle against a militant and murderous movement that grows bolder every day. Far right white supremacist mass shootings have become commonplace. At a Turning Point U.S.A. conference last October in Idaho, one anti-masker asked:

“At this point, we’re living under corporate and medical fascism. This is tyranny. When do we get to use the guns? No, and I’m not — that’s not a joke. I’m not saying it like that. I mean, literally, where’s the line? How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”

He wants to commit mass murder because he was asked to wear a bit of cloth on his face. Future killers and terrorists wait in the wings, and a third of registered Republicans now say that political violence is needed to save the United States. The party establishment gives cover to white supremacist murder by blaming videogames and, with unchecked ableism, scapegoats mental illness. They consciously and deliberately feed the white supremacist beast by cosigning racist conspiracy theories.

This is a party that engineered the successful destruction of bodily autonomy with the SCOTUS’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade. The Supreme Court Republicans successfully stacked now invites cases that will allow them to overturn the rights to same-gender love, marriage, and access to all contraception. This bourgeois state will never fight the structures that give us white supremacy. The truth of this can be seen as the far right becomes mainstream and Democrats are unable or unwilling to stand in their way.  Every time the right fails, such as on January 6 and in Coeur d’Alene, it deflects, scapegoats those they hate, and becomes further entrenched in white supremacist radicalization.

Centrists such as Democrats are unequipped to fight back. Even given differences between racist organizations, since the Greensboro Massacre and the first Aryan World Conference, the far right successfully unites and acts. It kills. We need to set aside differences between organizations on the left to fight back. As the far right becomes mainstream and Democrats are unable or unwilling to stand in their way, we see that we’re the only ones able to oppose them.  We must unite with every poor person, every worker, and all oppressed peoples willing to stand and fight the right.

Huey Newton, Chair of the Black Panther Party said,

“We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.”

This work is before us. We can build a new world in the shell of the old. We will destroy white supremacy, as we must.

Poor people, workers, and oppressed people unite! All power to the people!