It was with great sadness that I learned of the act of racist terror perpetrated today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by James von Brunn. The neo-Nazi activist, once jailed for attempting to arrest governors of the Federal Reserve Board, entered the Washington, DC building this afternoon with a rifle and shot museum security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns.
Johns was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital a few moments ago, while von Brunn remains in critical condition after other museum guards returned fire.
I have studied at great length the racist right for several years now, and while I am shocked and disturbed by the shooting, it does not surprise me that a neo-Nazi would perpetrate an act like this. Over the past year I have written less on the subject, in part because of my efforts to finish my dissertation.
Yet part of me simply grew tired of writing about the same dysfunctional loons who populate the racist right. I also grew weary of the real-life harassment and cyber-terror these clowns perpetrate, including death threats and employment disruptions carried out by some of the racist vermin who lurk in our midst. However, from time to time I am compelled to weigh in on the various movements that can be lumped together under the catch-all term "white nationalism."
Or maybe my urge to write about white supremacists is more akin to picking a scab over and over again. Who knows?
Left: Screen shot of von Brunn's favorite websites; click to enlarge
Von Brunn's writings on his website, Holy Western Empire.org, are the usual hodgepodge of whacked-out conspiracy theorists. His magnum opus, a book entitled Tob Shebbe Goyim Harog, contains a blend of diatribes against the Illuminati, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and the latest doctrine in the racist canon: Holocaust denial. I read a few chapters looking for some insight into the mind of von Brunn, but essentially this is a cut-and-paste collection of quotes interspersed with von Brunn's delusional ramblings. Here is a typical passage, taken from von Brunn's Foreword:
The Rules of Navigation tell us that to set a new course we first must know where we are; to know where we are we must know where we have been. Therefore, we intend to briefly examine the history of the CONSPIRACY; followed by a description of the CONSPIRACY in action: LIBERALISM/MARXISM/JEWRY; and finally we will offer a plan to remove the cancer from our Cultural Organism. If it is not removed we die.There is little hope in having a reasoned discussion with misguided people who eagerly swallow such tripe, as I have learned over the years. The true believers of the racist right begin with fraudulent pieces of disinformation such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and theirs is a worldview sustained by the writings of a handful of influential zealots who distort history in their pursuit of goals such as white homelands, forced migration of non-whites, or genocide.
REMEMBER: White genes cannot be created, they can only be transmitted. We Aryans can always build another State upon the ruins of the old; but once the White genepool is polluted YOU CAN KISS THE BLONDES, REDHEADS AND FAIR SKINNED BRUNETTES GOODBYE FOREVER!
Von Brunn's despicable act today might serve as a temporary wake up call to the world of the dangers posed by the unstable elements among the racist right, but unfortunately I suspect that the shock value of the killing of Stephen Tyrone Johns will only last a few days. The racist thugs who are convinced of a Jewish conspiracy to exterminate whites will continue to spew their idiocy, and occasionally the more demented in their lot will continue to kill.
And most of the rest of us will pretend that the racist right is harmless and should be ignored.