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White Supremacist, Craig Cobb, Plans to Take Over North Dakota Town

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Craig Cobb is a white supremacist who has been recently purchasing land in a small North Dakota town called Leith. His plan is to transform the tiny town of twenty-four residents into a haven of white supremacy; and he plans to do so by first gaining political power. When I first came across this story I thought to myself, “Self, this is nothing new — hell, there are many town here in the USA where white supremacists run shit.”

In fact, I can think of a few of them just next door from me in Harrison, Arkansas and in anytown Mississippi. Of course none of the towns in the states I mentioned are white trash resorts much like Cobb envisions Leith, North Dakota eventually becoming. No, none of them openly fly Nazi flags over county buildings or anything. But, to give racist knuckle-draggers like Cobb any power — even if it’s just a little bit — can be very problematic in our evolving society. I know some of the racist trolls who frequent this site will never agree with me (yes, I’m talking about you OlderWoman) but time has long ran out on your coward dreams of “white power” or being able to exist in a world devoid of people of color.

Listen to Cobb in his words:

This from CNN:

In this Aug. 26, 2013, photo is Craig Cobb, 61, in Leith, N.D. Cobb, 61, a self-described white supremacist, has purchased about a dozen lots in Leith and over the past year he has invited fellow white supremacists to move there and help him to transform the town of 16 people into a white enclave. No one has come, but the community is mobilizing to fight out of fear that Cobb could succeed, and the mayor has vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure Cobb’s dream remains just that. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

In this Aug. 26, 2013, photo is Craig Cobb, 61, in Leith, N.D. Cobb, 61, a self-described white supremacist, has purchased about a dozen lots in Leith and over the past year he has invited fellow white supremacists to move there and help him to transform the town of 16 people into a white enclave. No one has come, but the community is mobilizing to fight out of fear that Cobb could succeed, and the mayor has vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure Cobb’s dream remains just that. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

This weekend, white supremacists and others are expected to descend on the town in a show of support for him.

Cobb said he envisions Leith as a place where white nationalist banners will be flown, where white culture would be celebrated, and where minorities would not be welcome.

His white power takeover would begin with getting political control over Leith. But his ambitions go way beyond this one small town.

Cobb said he wants this movement to spread to other communities, other nations, even around the world, though he does not explain how he would do this.

“I don’t understand why all the different other people don’t say ‘whitey’ is pretty darn nice and clever,” Cobb said. “There are many organizations (in) which whites have to support other cultures… Where is the organization of people from around the world that says let’s keep these white people?… They’re pretty darn good, all in all.”

Cobb is one of the best known white supremacists in North America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Watch the video below:

Now of course when I watched the above video I was shocked to find out that there was at least one black person living in the small town. I already knew that there was a heavy Native American population. Which when you think about it, this asshole buying up property to be able to do this is a slap in the face of the Lakota people of the region. Many of whom live thirty miles away on a reservation. No strangers to the resistance of white supremacy, last weekend members of the Native American community as well as anti-hate groups paid Cobb a visit to his home in full gear.

This from UnityND.com:

More than 300 protesters marched up this small towns gravel road Sunday, chanting and carrying signs to rally against a visit by a leader of a white nationalist group and efforts to turn the town of 16 into an all-white enclave.

As they walked, more than 20 white nationalist-related flags became visible in front of the home of Craig Cobb, who has bought 12 lots in the town about 75 miles southwest of Bismarck. Cobb has been giving them to other known white supremacists as part of his plan to eventually take over the government of the town.

Scott Garman, an organizer of the UnityND protest, yelled into a megaphone as they stood across the road from the town hall and Cobb’s house.

“This is not a single day event, we will be back again and again until you’re gone,” he said.

Lakota and Dakota grandmothers captured the Nazi flag flying over Leith, ND and later burned it. (Photo by Sarah Olowan Martinez)

Lakota and Dakota grandmothers captured the Nazi flag flying over Leith, ND and later burned it. (Photo by Sarah Olowan Martinez)

Garman said he couldn’t have been happier with the turnout, with 150 alone from the Standing Rock Reservation.

As more protesters took to the microphone, Grant County Sheriff Steve Bay and other law enforcement officials formed a line between the protestors and Cobb’s house.

Standing in front of his house, Cobb called the protest, “pure comedy,” although it was a larger group than he expected.

He said the group “is not human.”

“They are a force of nature that has made a plan to impede on my freedom,” he said.

But back to the town’s lone black resident Bobby Harper and how he feels about this development. I’m pretty sure he never envisioned anything like this happening there ever. As the town’s only black person, I’m sure he has had his encounters with racism even though he says he hasn’t. But to have the town overtaken by white supremacists who make no bones about how they feel about you is an entirely different and frightening story.

More from CNN:

Bobby Harper, the only black resident of Leith, North Dakota

Bobby Harper, the only black resident of Leith, North Dakota

Leith’s lone black resident, Bobby Harper, feels under threat.

Harper’s wife said she has received messages from hate groups calling for her to leave her husband and join Cobb’s movement.

“It made me afraid,” Sherill Harper said. “If his goal is to just have only white people here, where do my husband and I go?”

Bobby Harper said he had no plans to leave, even if Cobb’s supporters came in and started controlling the town.

Watch the video below:

It may be shocking to know that pockets of ignorance in the form of racial intolerance still exists throughout this country. Even more shocking to some is when it rears its ugly head in obscure parts of the country. Because when you think about racism and white supremacists, you don’t generally think of a Leith, North Dakota. Nor do you think of Wyoming where a few weeks ago there was a meeting held between the NAACP and the Ku Klux Klan. Thankfully, however, is the fact that the world is a lot smaller with the advent of the internet. As such, it is a lot easier to expose people like Cobb and his white supremacist buddies for who and what they are. That would be, they are sick and twisted cowards who deserved to be called out and put on blast at any given chance. You might think ignoring them is best; but, to ignore them is to give them power.

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Published on: September 25, 2013

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