White supremacists continue to use the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and to promote their racist agenda and hateful worldview. Within days of the destruction, white supremacists communicating to each other on the Internet had incorporated Hurricane Katrina into their standard racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews are controlling and manipulating the government to use African-Americans to destroy the white race.
In addition, many white supremacists expressed outrage at the "contamination" of their white communities. Some white supremacists argued that communities should impose limits on the numbers of evacuees accepted. Many took satisfaction at the number of African-American deaths, or wished that there had been more minority deaths. At least one racist took matters into his own hands. His solution was to go to evacuee shelters wearing a white supremacist shirt to get the attention of white evacuees so he could help them.
After the hurricane hit, a number of white supremacist groups rushed to offer help to whites, or, in many cases, to solicit donations that would allegedly be used to help white victims. One prominent racist proposed a "Cartridges for Katrina" program that would provide ammunition to whites who chose not to evacuate the affected region. His group claims to have established a "Whites only" tent city for survivors.
The following is a summary and compilation of quotations that appeared on white supremacist Web sites and bulletin boards on September 3 - 8, 2005.
Conspiracy theorists jumped to incorporate Katrina into their anti-Semitic theories of Jewish manipulation.
Some blamed Hurricane Katrina itself on Jews. "I have been informed that Hurricane Katrina was an event caused in order to create devastation…" wrote one person on the Aryan Nations Web site. "The reason behind this, is that Israel plans to use the port of New Orleans in order to ship in weapons of mass destruction to use against the American citizens, namely the Gentiles….I have no doubt that Israel and world-Jewry have been attempting to establish what they call Talmudic rule in this country."
Others focused not on the hurricane itself, but on its aftermath:
- "This is the powerful, forced re-locations of citizenry," one white supremacist claimed. "This is exactly what the Jews in the USSR did. Awaken now! Don't tell me the Head of Homeland Security is not a Jew!"
- Another agreed: "Using the destructive precedent of resettling alien refugees in all-white communities…as a model, large groups of these n-----s will be tactically resettled in virtually all-white communities throughout the country… ."
- "There isn't any doubt at all in my mind that this is a targeted white area to throw non-whites in…[The Zionist Occupied Government] has an agenda, and WV is next in line. The goal is to flood every last white or mostly white area with non-whites to hasten our people's extinction…Damn this Jew government for this. Damn them all for ruining every last place that's white. Again these parasitic bloodsucking hook-nosed Jews are rubbing their collective filthy hands together, laughing at us."
Hatred for Evacuees
White supremacists have expressed derision and hatred toward African-American evacuees from New Orleans.
Eric Adams, a white supremacist from Denham Springs, 50 miles north of New Orleans, wrote on the Aryan Nations Web site, "Anyhow, it's a freaking nightmare here. We are a predominately [sic] all white area and they have bussed in over 10,000 n-----s from N.O. right here into our backyard." His solution was to go to evacuee shelters wearing white supremacist shirts to get the attention of white evacuees so he could help them; according to his own account, he was issued two tickets by police for attempting to incite a riot.
White supremacists from other parts of the country were equally unreserved in their invective against the refugees:
- "We are seeing the crime and unrest already here in Dallas," wrote one Texas racist. "Hoards of angry illiterate 'Africans' struggling to get the most food, the most water, the first of everything. Not one word of thanks has come from these degenerates."
- "Not only are HOUSTON, DALLS, FT. WORTH, SAN ANTONIO, AUSTIN and EL PASO receiving these Lazy Shiftless Blacks, but numerous other communities throughout Texas area as well!...I am a 4th GENERATION TEXAN but this is it for me…I am literally shopping around for a place [elsewhere]. Meantime I sure am glad I've got GUNS & AMMO!"
- "Got a n----r shortage in your town? No problem! New Orleans n-----s are on a bus and on the way to YOUR TOWN."
Many white supremacists expressed outrage at the "contamination" of their white communities. When evacuees began arriving in West Virginia, one racist wrote that the state was "95% White and enjoyed one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Expect that to skyrocket, along with crimes against Whites in the area. Whoever picked to send them to West Virginia did it for a purpose and I think it's clear what that purpose is."
Anti-evacuee statements ranged from pseudo-scientific to extremely crude:
- "As the hordes of contaminated and infected 'Americanized-Africans' are dispersed into surrounding areas and states, there also exists a very real threat of outbreak of virulent and contagious diseases."
- "Coming soon to a neighborhood near you, thousands of n-----s only a half a notch above Somalians right out of the trees. Where be dem white wimmins?"
- "Hello white man. Due to Katrina, We (Louisiana) have sent 275,000 negroes to Texas and thousands upon thousands to several other states. Would you like to make an order for your state? We still have plenty left for now, but they are going quick! Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to get your own Louisiana negro complete with an afro, gold tooth, and lice. Once the floodwaters go away this chance to get a free negro will be gone. ACT NOW! Call 800-FREE-NIGS before its too late. If you order now you will also receive a free air freshener. Please forward this to anyone interested in Louisiana negroes at no charge, free delivery included. Minimum order is 1,000 and will include blue gum darkies and other african shades up to "high yellow". We will be sure to include a good mix of spear chunking, crack smoking bucks, gorilla butted, greasy pregnant females, and kinky haired, lice infested yard apes."
- "What we could use is a racist pied piper to guide them all into the Gulf."
- "God, I hope the black plague doesn't come my way. This is so frightening that they will be unleashed on communities."
Some white supremacists argued that communities should impose limits on the numbers of evacuees they would take on. "In reality," wrote one Baltimore white supremacist, "it should be based on how many Blacks can be absorbed without altering the essential culture."
Many white supremacists urged that white people should protest the evacuees or simply reject them. "This is a good opportunity for some action," wrote one Pennsylvania white supremacist, "and white people should be gathering en mass wherever these busses show up…They should let the busses full of blacks know, in no uncertain terms, that they can keep right on going til they find a ghetto that isn't under water."
Blaming the Victims
Other white supremacists concentrated their efforts not on evacuees but on playing their own form of the "blame game," blaming the tragedy that occurred in New Orleans on the fact that the city's population was mostly African-American. Kevin Strom of the neo-Nazi National Vanguard put it this way: "New Orleans hasn't just been sinking physically for years. It's been sinking biologically, too, down toward the level of Haiti…it is all utterly hopeless there, too, as we all know but most are afraid to say out loud because of the racial implications." He labeled it the "Black Tsunami."
Jared Taylor, publisher of the racist American Renaissance magazine, had similar views, writing that "the story of Hurricane Katrina does have a moral for anyone not deliberately blind. The races are different. Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western Civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears. And in a crisis, civilization disappears overnight."
Many white supremacists took satisfaction at the number of African-American deaths, or wished that there had been more minority deaths:
- "I know I should have more compassion, but what the hell? I...can't feel sorry for useless n-----s who don't have any more sense than to wander aimlessly through waist-deep sewage…I couldn't resist a little smile at the thought of that many rotting n----r corpses."
- "Has anyone wondered about the poor animal kingdom? I mean that much n----r meat can't be healthy for the …alligators."
- "The fact that nature is cleansing and assisting genocide without us lifting a finger has to be a sure sign of something great. If only 10,000 n-----s and spics would die in every single state across America that would make our jobs even easier."
- "Mother Nature is a bitch and I don't have a problem with that at all. Especially when it leads to the possible culling of species detrimental to my race and country."
- "The real tragedy in the hurricane/New Orleans flood is that the n-----s managed to survive. This is proof that there is no God, for if there was, he would have smote all the filthy n----r animals."
- "My area was SLAMMED by the hurricane. I just…minutes ago got lights and telephone lines back, it has been sweltering, fetid, disorderly and miserable, but there is a bright side, MANY MUD RACE BASTARDS MET WITH A HORRIBLE DEATH!"
The virulently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church claimed that "It is a sin NOT to rejoice when God executes His wrath and vengeance upon America…Pray for more dead bodies floating on the fag-semen-rancid waters of New Orleans." Idaho white supremacist attorney Edgar Steele had secular but similar opinions: "Too bad Hurricane Katrina didn't wait a week to strike, when it could have caught over 125,000 drunken homosexuals…gathered for their annual 'Southern Decadence' festival."
Relief for 'Whites Only'
After the hurricane hit, a number of white supremacist groups rushed to offer help to whites, or, in many cases, to solicit donations that would allegedly be used to help white victims. The Texas-based White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan offered assistance to people who were "White Christian, White Nationalist, or White Racialist." In Florida, the tiny European American Heritage Foundation claimed to be ready to provide food, jobs, and homes for "any white family that needs it." It too began soliciting donations for its alleged efforts.
The neo-Nazi National Vanguard announced that it had established a "staging area" in Mobile, Alabama (location unspecified), where supplies were being sent to assist "struggling White families." John Gerhardt, the Ohio white supremacist (convicted in 1979 for plotting to blow up a desegregated school in Columbus), urged others to help "our pro-white kinsmen," and announced that his group, Liberty Rights Advocates, had established a "Kinfolk Survival Fund" specifically "for those who are pro-White."
Bigots around the country offered to help Katrina victims—but only white victims. White supremacist Internet forums were filled with such offers:
- "I would support a Katrina charity, but only if the aid went soley [sic] for whites."
- "I will provide room and board for two single adult white nationalists for thirty to sixty days if they want to relocate."
- "We know the non-whites are going to get plenty of aid. It is up to us to take care of our own."
- "I am interested in helping out whites and whites only in Louisiana."
- "I notice that applicants for housing aid don't need to specify race. I'm sure there are anti-discrimination laws or some such that you have to follow, so how can I be assured that if I donate, the money will go only to whites in need?"
- "Is there a way we could obtain a list exclusive to European-American victims?"
- "We don't want the money to go to non-whites, we want to help our own."
- "I would be willing to soldier down to hell and back to help out some white folks."
- "I would like a link or address to send food and clothing (and possibly bullets, if it wouldn't be considered wrong) to the WHITE refugee camps. I haven't given very much to the hurricane survivors, as I believe it will go straight to the muds."
- "I am in total agreement with providing assistance to any white person in need who is not a race traitor."
- "Hail Comrades, if anyone knows of WHITE refugees who need help in the North MS area, please let me know. My family and I will do all we can to help OUR PEOPLE in any way we can, but the rest (muds, spics, etc.) be damned."
Racists Claim To Have Created Tent Cities
Leading the call for white-only aid has been Billy Roper, leader of a small but vocal neo-Nazi group headquartered in Russellville, Arkansas. Roper, along with his associate Ben Vinyard, a former chess teacher, have used their Web site and other white supremacist sites to call for donations and assistance as part of their so-called "Kinsmen Rescue Project."
According to White Revolution, all of its other activities have been suspended, "so that 100% of our time and energies can be directed towards helping White hurricane evacuees in need." Roper has claimed that its volunteers have been working "day and night," and repeatedly urged fellow racists to send donations directly to his group. However, Roper has been slow to provide evidence that his group has helped people.
One of Roper's first actions was to announce a "Cartridges for Katrina" program for white people who chose not to evacuate. "For every black looter you shoot, and provide proof of a clean kill," Roper stated, "White Revolution will provide reimbursement of all expended ammunition, at no charge. That's our guarantee, to you."
Quickly, however, Roper turned to another project, announcing that White Revolution and the neo-Confederate group League of the South had joined together to set up a "Whites Only" tent city in Wiggins, Mississippi. Roper claimed that the tent city had room for 60 people; soon afterwards, he said that it had filled up and that they were trying to set up other "Whites Only" tent cities in other states.
According to its own announcements, White Revolution members were nothing less than heroic in establishing the city. "During their mission," an article on its Web site excitedly claimed, "their truck was swarmed by an angry black mob eager to loot their supplies. A dramatic showdown with guns repelled the crowd and allowed the White Revolution members to escape." Roper, in between calls for donations, claimed to be sending generators, truckloads of supplies, and other equipment to his whites-only refugee camps.
On September 8, Roper announced a setback, saying that the League of the South was withdrawing its support of White Revolution's efforts and claiming that the group was afraid of being labeled racist. The League of the South, for its part, claimed that it did not take part in or endorse any measures with White Revolution. However, on its own Web site, the League of the South has continued to post offers of assistance from its members, including "whites only" offers, such as one from Alabama offering a trailer to a "white family of three or four," and another from Tennessee announcing that he was willing to temporarily house a "White Christian family."
As offensive as the notion of whites-only tent cities is, the existence of such locations has not been independently confirmed. Aside from mentioning the town of Wiggins, Roper has not provided the location of any alleged tent city, nor provided directions. He has not announced the names of any evacuees staying in such a refuge, nor provided photographs. Even members of other white supremacist groups have not confirmed the existence of Roper's alleged whites-only tent city, despite some asking for photographs. Local law enforcement were unaware of any such tent city, and a journalist who visited Wiggins was similarly unable to locate it. A Wiggins resident whose property many had identified as the site of the tent city denied having heard of any such thing. Nevertheless, Roper and Vinyard continue to solicit donations for their alleged whites-only relief efforts.