Members of the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) joined together with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists on May 30 for a “Feds Out of Kentucky” rally in Alexandria, Kentucky, a few miles southeast of Cincinnati.
The rally was organized by Coleman Lacy, a young member of the LOS from the local area who serves as the group’s “state chairman.”
In addition, Geoffrey Rash, the Kentucky leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and also a local resident, brought members to the event. Afterwards, Rash stated that it was good for the LOS and the NSM to work together “to rid this country, starting with our own states, of the Zionist Jewry that decays our people, our states and our nation.”
Though the LOS promoted the event, only about 14 people took part in the rally, waving flags and anti-government signs.
However, the significance of the event was not in its size.
Rather, the Alexandria rally marked the completion of the LOS’s gradual transformation from a neo-Confederate group that typically denied having racist ties into an unabashed white supremacist group.
The LOS has had ties to other hate groups in the past but frequently denied such ties or distanced itself from hate groups when ties were actually publicized. In 2005, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, members of both the NSM and White Revolution announced the LOS’s cooperation in providing assistance to “white only” victims of the hurricane. The LOS later said that it did not take part in or endorse such measures—though it did post “whites only” offers of assistance on its own website.
As recently as 2013, the LOS expelled a member, Matthew Heimbach (also head of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a small white supremacist group), for attending a neo-Nazi event in Kentucky. However, in another sign of the transformation of the LOS into an explicitly white supremacist group, Heimbach was back inside the folds of the LOS within a year. Heimbach attended the Alexandria rally.
Behind the growing radicalization of the LOS is none other than its founder and longtime leader, Michael Hill. Once a college history professor, by 2011, Hill was urging his followers to arm themselves and “join the resistance.” The LOS began offering members weapons training around this time.
Protests by African-American communities in 2015 in the wake of highly-publicized police shootings moved Hill even further into blatant white supremacy. In May 2015, Michael Hill declared his determination to participate in a race war if “negroes,” egged on by the “largely Jewish-Progressive owned media,” engaged in “black rage.” Hill warned that “if negroes think a ‘race war’ in modern America would be to their advantage, they had better prepare themselves for a very rude awakening.” On June 1, Hill openly declared that “our Southern forebears” who opposed civil rights for African-Americans “were right.”
With a leader spouting tirades about race war and followers openly cavorting with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, there can be no further doubt that the League of the South, despite its past denials, is anything other than an explicitly white supremacist organization.