Sunday, June 3, 2012

White Supremacist Elected To PA County GOP Committee

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Steve Smith (left), longtime white supremacist with ties to neo-Nazi and other white nationalist hate groups, has been elected to the Republican Party's Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, committee. Smith, who will serve a four-year term, has matched violent rhetoric with action:

...Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American Third Position, Keystone United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People...

...Smith’s ties to the racist right stretch far beyond the political. In 2001, he co-founded a racist skinhead group now known as Keystone United (which was until 2009 known as the Keystone State Skinheads, or KSS), one of the largest and most active single-state racist skinhead crews in the country. In March 2003, he and two other KSS members were arrested in Scranton for beating up Antoni Williams, a black man, using stones and chunks of pavement. Smith pleaded guilty to terrorist threats and ethnic intimidation and received a 60-day sentence and probation.

...As a committee member, he will have a say in the selection of the Luzerne GOP’s County Chairman and Executive Committee, who, according to the party’s website, “oversee and direct all of the activity of the Republican Party in the County.” Luzerne County GOP officials did not respond to a request for comment on Smith election in time for publication.

1 comment:

Paul Ricci said...

There were strong racist tendencies in Luzerne County, especially Hazleton, Pa where strong anti immigrant and English only ordinances were passed in 2006 by Mayor Lou Barletta, now a US congressman. These were tossed by the courts but they inspired similar ones around the US so this shouldn't be surprising.