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On Saturday, March 9th, a collection of the Hiwaymen, KKK members, and neo-Nazi groups will rally in Little Rock, Arkansas to “Make America Great Again,” by opposing firearms legislation and the freedom of women to have access to reproductive health.
On the Facebook event page, the Hiwaymen: Operation Home Font, the group organizing the event and which lists Andrew “The Black Rebel” Duncomb as a leader, says that “hate groups” are not welcome, yet they go on to clarify in their comment section that they welcome any group which also opposes new gun laws and attacks reproductive freedom.
On March 2n, the group wrote on Facebook:
We are Constitutional Christian citizens who are gathering to stand against Red flag laws and The murder of the unborn. We are NOT affiliated with any other groups. We do not believe in ANY FORM of supremacy or hate. If anyone shows up at our event with any agenda other they and standing against abortion and the red flag laws you will be asked to leave our event. We will not tolerate any Hate speech.
However when asked why they were allowing neo-Nazis and the KKK to attend their rally, they responded:
Just like you stand with the violent leftist that holds different ideologies than you. We actual have a open to the public event that is open to ANYONE wanting to stand against the striping of our 2nd ammendment and against the cruelty of murdering a unborn human. If ANYONE brings a different agenda they WILL BE REMOVED.
This thinking follows a pattern found throughout much of the far-Right, especially among organizers who use white nationalist, neo-Nazi, and Alt-Right groups as extra padding against counter-protesters. Like Joey Gibson and others, members of the Hiwaymen state that they have “no connection” to white nationalists, yet at the same time say they won’t do anything to keep them from coming to their rallies. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, members between both camps actively coordinate, as both the factions see a common goal in attacking the Left which overrides whatever minimal hostility the two may have in the short term.
The “Black Rebel” explains why he went to neo-Nazi rally on the VICE series, Hate They Neighbor.
Despite their claims, the Hiwaymen, which largely are an offshoot from the III%er militia movement, have a long history of working side by side with white nationalist, Alt-Right, and neo-Nazi groups. Many members of the group attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
As The Nation wrote:
Billy Sessions, a member of the patriot group the Hiwaymen who came to Charlottesville, represented the more gladiatorial end of the spectrum in a movement. “If these antifa assholes show up and they want to get aggressive with us patriots, we need to kick the living shit out of them,” Sessions said in a Facebook Live video posted four days before the rally that he headlined “My philosophy on the war of liberal division.”
After the death of Heather Heyer, Billy Sessions wrote the following on Twitter:
In a video posted to Facebook on March 4th, Sessions in response to this article which he called “fake news,” stated again that members of the Hiwaymen attended the Unite the Right rally, and had also attended other events alongside members of League of the South and the National Socialist Movement.
On other occasions however, Sessions, who is often mocked and attacked by other members of the far-Right for his habit of making rambling, almost daily livestreams, has attempted to distance himself and the Hiwaymen from white nationalists. Speaking in an interview in 2018 to the leftist news site, Splinter, he stated:
“The Confederacy, the history has been twisted on that, but we’re all Southerners,” Sessions said later. “No matter what color you are, we’re all Southerners. It’s not about racism. It might have been about racism hundreds of years ago when the slave ships come across the Atlantic, but it’s not anymore. The white supremacists have hijacked the Confederate flag and it has been seen as a symbol of hate, but it never intentionally was.”
Another member of the Hiwaymen made similar claims to Arkansas Online:
Members of the Hiwaymen were in Charlottesville, Va., last year during the Unite the Right rally that turned deadly, though organizer James Del Brock reportedly said the group isn’t linked to white supremacist ideology.
Andrew “Black Rebel” Duncomb is currently listed as the only public “Team Member” of the Hiwaymen: Operation Home Front. In the VICE documentary series, Hate Thy Neighbor, Duncomb, who is black, talked about attending the Unite the Right rally after being invited to speak. Released chat logs from Discord showed after Unite the Right that some organizers wanted to have select “Alt-Lite” and speakers of color in attendance in order to distance the event from outright white nationalism in the eyes of the media. Later in the Hate Thy Neighbor program, while visiting the grave site of Confederate soldiers, Duncomb argued that blacks fought gladly on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War and were also treated well as slaves.
Beyond the Hiwaymen, the various KKK, neo-Nazi, Alt-Right, and white nationalist groups pushing to attend the Arkansas rally are a collection of pro-Hitler organizations which openly talk of engaging in genocide and mass murder of non-whites, Jews, and those that do not adhere to their political vision of a fascist and authoritarian apartheid State.
Billy Roper, one of the few neo-Nazis that is still openly organizing in a post-Unite the Right world, is currently pushing for his forces to attend the rally on March 9th in Arkansas. Roper is the lead organizer of the Shield Wall Network and was once a leader within the National Alliance, the organization whom popularized the fictional book, The Turner Diaries, which promotes guerilla race war (against a government that is taking guns away from white men) and the literal genocide of all non-white people across the globe. The book helped inspire the Oklahoma City bombing by white nationalist Timothy McVeigh and continues to be a favorite among the most violent wings of the white nationalist movement.
Billy Sessions, a self-described “Confederate Patriot,” and a leader within the Hiwaymen, responds to this article on Facebook. Confirms that the Hiwaymen have attended events alongside the League of the South and National Socialist Movement.
Roper also openly calls for genocide and the mass slaughter of all non-whites. In 2005 he stated on a neo-Nazi radio program:
“Every non-White on the planet has to become extinct. We need to remove these minor-league amateur races out of the game, and refine the playoff brackets a bit, if you get my meaning. The whole world is ours, and the only part of the earth that non-Whites should inherit is however much it requires to cover them.”
And now Roper has his sights set on the March 9th event. On the white nationalist online forum, Stormfront, Roper went on to gloat that he was also working closely with the local police:
So far we have mapped out the route that the Antifa will take on their march to counterprotest, and when they will be leaving and from where, and when they are gathering. We’ve negotiated with the Chief of the Capitol Police and everything is fine there. We have people coming in from Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia. We’ll have two embedded mainstream photojournalists, two different college’s newspaper reporters, and promised coverage from the local NBC, Fox, and CBS affiliate TV stations. It should be a good time.
But Roper isn’t the only neo-Nazi that is organizing for the March 9th event. Kynan Dutton, made famous for being run out of the North Dakota town of Leith, the story of which was made into a documentary film, Welcome to Leith, is also encouraging a number of neo-Nazis, KKK members, and neo-Confederates to attend. Dutton’s long time organizational home, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), is currently in disarray, after an African-American man legally took over the organization in order to fold it.
Kynan Dutton promotes March 9th rally in Arkansas. H/T HateTrackers
Last year the Hiwaymen organized a similar pro-gun rally in Little Rock, attracting several hundred people. This year, the neo-Nazis and KKK members are hoping that they will be welcomed with open arms by the rest of the far-Right, even by groups who claim they supposedly want nothing to do with them. At a time when numbers at far-Right rallies are falling, will the desire for a strong showing re-ignite the drive to “Unite the Right,” once again bringing together both Hitler quoting national socialists along side “Constitutional Christians.”
As always, the real question remains, will the poor and working class, of which the vast majority of white people belong, allow fascism in the US to grow – or will we come together, organize, and push back?
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that members of the Hiwaymen do not consider fellow neo-Confederate Christopher Ritchie who attended Unite the Right alongside them to be a member of their group.