Filed under: Action, Anti-fascist, Southeast
The following report from the Atlanta, Georgia area details an evolving situation in the region centered around white nationalist organizers who also are involved in local real estate. To read a background of white nationalists in Atlanta involved in the real estate market, go here.
Sam Dickson is a notorious white power organizer and Atlanta lawyer, who used to represent members of the Ku Klux Klan and is still involved in the racist movement. In recent decades, Dickson has been busy buying up properties in working class, often majority-Black neighborhoods such as Lakewood Heights, hoping to profit as these neighborhoods gentrify. Anti-fascists have documented Dickson’s dealings that take place behind inoffensively named Limited Liability Companies. Dickson operates with other white nationalists, notably Evan Anderson who operates an LLC also owning properties in Lakewood Heights. Another associate of Dickson is Adrian Davies, a far-Right activist in the UK. Davies’ “Beltem Trust” is active in the Atlanta property market with Dickson’s assistance.
Anti-fascists have been aware for at least a year of some of the properties owned by white supremacists in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood. Occasionally, acts of vandalism such spray painting or wheat-pasting have occurred at the properties, and Dickson and Anderson sometimes had trash dumped on their lots.
In February, CBS46 news did a piece about how Lakewood neighbors were upset about garbage being dumped on empty lots, and they interviewed Dickson without mentioning his white supremacist activities. Dickson was quoted as complaining about the cost of dealing with trash dumped on his property, and what a hardship it was that the city did not care to help him. “They don’t enforce the dumping laws because they don’t get any money out of the kind of person who dumps this stuff,” Dickson said.
This morning, Lakewood Heights residents awoke to approximately 80 flyers stapled and wheat-pasted around the neighborhood, bearing the City of Atlanta’s seal. The posters, titled “City of Atlanta Public Notice: Please Do Not Dump Trash on White Supremacist Leaders’ Properties,” read:
“People have been dumping trash on the properties of well-known white nationalists Sam Dickson and Evan Anderson. Dickson has said that this dumping is a financial hardship, and it interferes with his plans of gentrifying the Lakewood area and forcing out people of color. He and Anderson are very busy organizing with other white supremacists, including attending white pride rallies and providing violent white supremacists with material support. It has been too costly for them to hire security at each of these properties, and it is not possible for police to watch them at all times. So we are relying on your honor and goodwill to refrain from dumping garbage or doing other property damage to these locations, such as breaking windows and spray painting ‘Nazis get out’. If the dumping continues, Dickson and Anderson may even be forced to sell the properties at a loss. Here is a list of Sam Dickson’s and Evan Anderson’s properties to please not dump any trash on.”
The empty lots and buildings were listed alongside a map with the properties marked.