I don’t need to be reminded.
Getting involved with these people under the “Hard Right” umbrella after Shelbyville was one of our biggest mistakes of the past several years.
“My name is Jeff Schoep, the former commander of the National Socialist Movement (NSM). From 1994 until early 2019, I was the leader of the largest neo-Nazi organization in the United States. In early 2019, I retired from the NSM and walked away from the movement in its entirety.
For the first time, in over 25yrs, I was able to take time for self-reflection. It was during this time, I realized many of the principles I had once held so dearly and sacrificed so much for were wrong. …”
It has been almost a year since the Nationalist Front was dissolved.
The “Hard Right” was not the solution to the “Alt-Right.” There was that attention whore Kenny Parker who first manifested at the New Orleans rally who had a swastika tattooed on his chest who beclowned himself in several documentaries before “leaving hate behind” on MSNBC. There was Matt Heimbach’s emo buddy Gabe who was in Auburn and Pikeville and Charlottesville who had his face tattoo removed in an MSNBC documentary featuring Heather Heyer’s mother on the anniversary of Charlottesville. There was Heimbach’s denouement and implosion of TWP and his brief reappearance with the NSM in Little Rock before he was expelled from the group for being a Strasserite communist.
I look back at it and laugh in disbelief now. What the hell were we thinking? Mainly, I was worried around Pikeville that these people would be used as a scapegoat to rationalize political violence (i.e., “punch a Nazi”) and the loss of our free speech. While I was right to be worried that “punch a Nazi” was a slippery slope, I was wrong to believe that the solution was to join them at their political rallies, as if simply standing beside them in public would have been sufficient to turn the tide. Instead, it proved to be just an opportunity for them to beclown everyone who associated with them.
Finally, we at least don’t have the NSM to beclown us anymore. This is a valuable niche in the mainstream media and anti-hate ecosystem. I’m sure that some other group like the Loyal White Knights will be found to fill the vacuum and carry the mantle of Jeff Schoep and the Hollywood Nazi.