Left: Bill White and the NSM in Toledo on October 15, 2005
(Toledo, OH) Reports are coming in from a variety of sources that the National Socialist Movement (NSM) - the neo-Nazi group whose presence in a north Toledo neighborhood sparked a major riot last October - may be on the verge of imploding.
One of the luminaries in the white supremacist group, Bill White, has initiated a series of blistering web articles on his Overthrow.com site after being "suspended" by the NSM (he claims that he resigned, but either way White is most definitely out). Among the most serious charges are that NSM Chairman Cliff Herrington and his wife Andrea also run a group known as Joy of Satan Ministries, a pagan/satanist collective.
The disclosures have apparently ripped through organization, and many of the NSM's state units have resigned. Nicole Nichols of Citizens Against Hate first broke the story of the NSM-Joy of Satan connections, and has several excellent articles on her blog.
While racists, many NSM members maintain a Christian religious affiliation, or have ties with the white nationalist Christian Identity movement. News that the NSM chairman may be tied to Satanists must be unsettling to members who hold more mainstream religious affiliations.
White, whose arrival in the NSM in 2004 coincided with the group's meteoric rise in white nationalist circles, disavows any notion that he will form his own party, but it seems unlikely that he will remain on the sidelines for very long. With his organizational skills and access to NSM mailing lists, White is in an enviable position if he chooses to create another white nationalist group.
Harry Schwartz has also been documenting White's efforts to incorporate the NSM name in Virginia, and it is not unlikely that Bill White will attempt a legal maneuver to wrest control of the organization from Herrington and NSM Commander Jeff Schoep.
While I find his politics and tactics repulsive, White's departure from the NSM is nonetheless a major blow for the Nazis. He almost singlehandedly brought the group from being also-rans among the racist right to the largest force promoting white seperatism in the United States.