White Power Rising: 100 Recent Homicides Committed by Stormfront White Supremacist Site Users
According to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, prolific posters on online hate websites “are becoming disproportionately responsible” for racist murders around the country.
The report comes on the heels of the murder of three people near two Jewish community facilities in Kansas City at the hands of Frazier Glenn Ross, a former KKK leader who posted more than 12,000 messages on a hate site whose slogan reads “No Jews, Just Right.”
According to the report, around 100 murders over the last five years alone have been committed by frequent users of the white supremacist site Stormfront which describes itself as “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.”
According to Heidi Beirich, who authored the report, “It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged.”
Beirich says “These killers are really hiding in plain sight on these forums.”
The report notes that Wade Michael Page, who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012, was a frequent user of the site. Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian madman who killed 77 people in Oslo in 2011 was a user of the site as well.
According to Don Black, the owner of Stormfront, “We’re obviously a big website, and any site is likely to have a few unstable people pass through. Facebook, Twitter, and particularly Craigslist have had their share.”
Commenting on the SPLC report, Black writes “Like all good propaganda, it’s a mix of truth, half-truth and outrageous lies.”
Black also says that Frazier Glenn Cross was specifically banned from using Stormfront. According to Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the SPLC, however, that came in 2005 after Cross testified in a trial against white supremacists, not because of anything he had posted or believed.