Extremism in America: American Front

  • March 31, 2011


The American Front is a racist skinhead group that is active in several states around the country. The group espouses an anti-Semitic, white supremacist ideology and disseminates its message in public events that demonize Jews, immigrants, and other minorities.

Although American Front is not particularly large, it is one of the oldest continuously active racist skinhead groups in the United States. However, few original members are still with the group; most of the current membership is new. American Front has a legacy of criminal activity that ranges from brutal hate crimes to acts of terrorism.

To broaden its support base and recruit members, the American Front has affiliated itself with racist skinhead and neo-Nazi groups across the country, particularly in California. In addition, the group has promoted support for members of The Order, a white supremacist terrorist group that carried out armed robberies, assassinations and other crimes during the 1980s.

The American Front Leadership has been in a state of flux since the death of its long-time leader, David Lynch, in March 2011.  Police found his body in his home in Citrus Heights, California, with gunshot wounds to his head and torso.  Lynch’s live-in girlfriend, pregnant at the time, was shot in the leg but survived.  The murder is still under investigation.  Lynch had led American Front since 2002; no clear leader has emerged in American Front since his death.

Read the full report, Extremism in America: American Front (PDF).