White supremacists in locations across the United States recently took part in demonstrations, leafletings, and individual acts of protest to promote an increasingly popular concept within the white supremacy movement: the notion of “white genocide.”
The Anti-Defamation League tracked incidents in at least 11 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Activities also occurred in other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, and New Zealand.
All actions took place on March 21, 2015, a date white supremacists have for several years declared to be “White Pride World Wide Day.” Described as part of the “March against White Genocide,” the actions were organized and promoted by Fight Wide Genocide, a self-described “collective of…activism” led by white supremacist Laura Fitzgerald, who is based in the Columbia, South Carolina, area.
The term “white genocide” is a relatively recent phrase coined by white supremacists to describe one of their long-held convictions: that the white race is “dying” due to non-white immigration and “forced assimilation.” White supremacists commonly claim that Jews are behind this “genocidal” action.
Fitzgerald, the campaign organizer, is a disciple of Robert Whitaker, an elderly guru in the white supremacist movement. His followers have coined what they term the “Stop White Genocide Mantra.” Fitzgerald encouraged white supremacists to participate through demonstrations, posting “#WhiteGenocide” stickers in public locations, holding up banners at high-traffic locations, or handing out literature.
A few white supremacists even tried to exploit Starbucks’ recent “Race Together” diversity campaign. Ron Doggett, a longtime white supremacist based in Richmond, Virginia, and several others demonstrated outside a local Starbucks, holding up a “Diversity = White Genocide” banner and other white supremacist signs and placards. Doggett is a former supporter of David Duke, as well as Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in the 2014 fatal shootings of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas.
Another white supremacist posted on-line a photo of a cup of Starbucks coffee with “‘Race Together’ is a code word for WHITE GENOCIDE” written on the sleeve.
Most demonstrations and actions were small in scope. The largest occurred in Florence, Kentucky, where 10-15 white supremacists led by neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell carried a “‘Diversity’ = White Genocide” banner and waved white supremacist flags and placards.