Paul Craig Cobb’s White Power Colony in North Dakota

ND Grant County LeithIf you live in some parts of the United States this story would be hard to believe. In others it’s all too credible. From the New York Times:

LEITH, N.D. — The bearded man with thinning, gray-and-bleach-blond hair flapping down his neck first appeared in this tiny agricultural town last year, quietly and inconspicuously roaming the crackly dirt roads.

Nettie Ketterling thought nothing of it when he came into her bar to charge his cellphone in an outlet beneath the mounted head of a mule deer. To Kenneth Zimmerman, the man was just another customer, bringing his blue Dodge Durango in for repairs. Bobby Harper did not blink when the man appeared in front of his house and asked him if he had any land to sell. And the mayor, Ryan Schock, was simply extending a civic courtesy when he swung by the man’s house to introduce himself.

Their new neighbor, they thought, was just another person looking to get closer to the lucrative oil fields in western North Dakota known as the Bakken.

But all that changed last week.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Bismarck Tribune revealed that the man, Paul Craig Cobb, 61, has been buying up property in this town of 24 people in an effort to transform it into a colony for white supremacists.

In the past two years, Mr. Cobb, a longtime proselytizer for white supremacy who is wanted in Canada on charges of promoting hatred, has bought a dozen plots of land in Leith (pronounced Leeth) and has sold or transferred ownership of some of them to a couple of like-minded white nationalists.

He is using Craigslist and white power message boards to entice others in the movement to take refuge in Leith, about two hours southwest of Bismarck. On one board, he detailed his vision for the community — an enclave where residents fly “racialist” banners, where they are able to import enough “responsible hard core” white nationalists to take control of the town government, where “leftist journalists or antis” who “come and try to make trouble” will face arrest…

[continues in the New York Times]


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11 Comments on "Paul Craig Cobb’s White Power Colony in North Dakota"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 30, 2013 at 10:44 am |

    ‘S all right by me.

    My investments in Amalgamated Banjo stock and “Cousin-B-Gone” ™ aerosol repellent spray are skyrocketing.

    • Don’t bring the poor banjo into this. Besides if you really want to make money you should stock pile Slayer t-shirts.

      • Conspiracy Carrot | Aug 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm |

        Don’t bring the good musicians of Slayer into this. If you really want to make money you should stockpile NASCAR shirts, chewing tobacco and overalls.

        • Dan Muench | Aug 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm |

          Indeed – Tom Araya is latino. Though it probably wouldn’t be the first time some cognitive dissonance was tolerated in that subgroup…

      • Rhoid Rager | Aug 31, 2013 at 9:06 am |

        As a banjo player, i agree!

  2. BuzzCoastin | Aug 30, 2013 at 11:17 am |

    this is the 2nd time in a week for this

    Der Homeland is a white supremacist community
    the prisons, the wars, the economic policies
    all testify to that fact

    • emperorreagan | Aug 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm |

      No one even attempts to hide it:

      Bill Bennett, for instance, was Secretary of Education & Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He went on public radio and floated a “thought experiment” that basically if you wanted to reduce crime, you could just abort all black babies. If he thinks it’s somehow appropriate to present an idea like that in public, who knows what was said within meetings and what policy ends they were explicitly discussing.

      Lee Atwater is on tape describing a strategy to eliminate social welfare programs by associating them with African-Americans. You can see how well that strategy worked when you see all the people at tea party rallies that seem to think that their medicare, medicaid, social security benefits, etc. aren’t government benefits.

      • BuzzCoastin | Aug 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm |

        when one reflects upon:
        the American Indian genocide
        the white war over how slaves should be kept (unpaid or paid)
        the invasion of Mexico, Cuba, PR & Haiti
        and except for the 2 “WWz”
        all aMerkin wars were
        fought in foreign countries with dark skinned inhabitants
        and yet
        most white aMerkins are clueless about the systemic racism
        and really think it’s the land of unprejudiced freedom

        great edumaction system, that

      • johnsawyer | Aug 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

        And most people on welfare are white.

  3. emperorreagan | Aug 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

    ND is already pretty white. Why would you need a special town? I would bet some towns in the state are already 100% white. Hell, leave the urban areas in some of the states with 30%+ “other than white” populations and you’ll still find all white towns.

  4. Conspiracy Carrot | Aug 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

    Terrible. I feel sorry for the townsfolk.

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