Category Archives: Clemmons

Your Friendly Neighborhood White Nationalists

You ever wish you hadn't learned something because you were way more comfortable with your ignorance?  That happened to me this week when I learned that Clemmons is the HQ for the North Carolina chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens which is considered a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Thanks Fec). With one quick Google search I learned that Clemmons had hosted the Council of Conservative Citizens' national conference last June.

I couldn't believe that I'd missed media coverage of the event – after all the media would love nothing more than a story about a controversial organization hosting its national conference in the area – so I went to the Winston-Salem Journal website to search for a story about it.  I came up empty but did find an article from February, 2011 about the slight decline in North Carolina hate groups, and that article featured an interview with the CCC's North Carolina executive director, a Mr. A.J. Barker of Clemmons.  Here's what Mr. Barker had to say:

A.J. Barker of Clemmons, the organization's executive director in North Carolina, said calling the council a hate group is unfair.

"That's totally ridiculous," Barker said.

He said there are good and bad people among both races, and he doesn't consider blacks worse than whites.

Barker said the council has been criticized by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center because of the council's stand on such issues as affirmative action and illegal immigration.

"When you take a stand like that, you're automatically stigmatized by groups like that," he said.

Okay, let's see what representatives from the Eastern Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapter of CCC had to say about the conference held in Clemmons in June, 2011:

Following up Mr. Taylor on the topic of being ‘victims of our virtues’ Louis March, a former aide to Senator Jesse Helms, gave a passionate speech and echoed the call for all White men and women to do whatever they can to save Western Civilization from impending destruction.  He emphasized that we need work together for our group interests and not fall victim to what he referred to as “suicidal altruism”, which is essentially a term for how we as a race do every imaginable to lend aid and assistance to every other race at our own expense, even if it means heading down the path of our own extinction.

Mr. March went on to say that even though we must always seek to educate our people with regards to our histories and cultures, it is not enough.  He stated that we need to do more than offer up intellectual arguments for people to ponder.  We must inspire our people to be noble and charitable with regards to our own.  We must inspire people to be heroes and take a stand as our ancestors in Europe did in repelling the invading colored hordes from Africa and Asia…

Sam Dickson, also a CofCC Director, began his presentation with the statement that he quite pessimistic and no linger hopefully in a political or “democratic” solution to our dilemma since we are no longer in control of our society in any area whether it be the government, educational institutions, or the media.  He quoted George Orwell, “Who controls the past, controls the future.   Who controls the present, controls the past”…

Mr. Dickson then went on to say that our only viable option, due to our socio-political dilemma and the demographic disaster we face due the sheer volume of nonwhite immigrants in the country, is to separate from this society and form a White entho-state where we can look out for our own self-interests without interference from others.  He pointed that the success of such a drastic move is achievable by putting forth Israel as an example.

Yeah, I really don't know how someone could mistake them for a hate group.  I mean their roots certainly wouldn't lead you to that conclusion would they?

Founded in 1985 by Gordon Baum, a worker's compensation attorney and longtime racist activist, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) rose from the ashes of the Citizens Councils of America (CCA), commonly called "White Citizens Councils," a coalition of white-supremacist groups and individuals formed throughout the South to defend school segregation after the Supreme Court outlawed the policy in 1954 in Brown vs. Board of Education. 

Unlike the KKK, the CCA groups had a veneer of civic respectability, inspiring future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to refer to it as the "uptown Klan." While there were plenty of bare-knuckle racists attracted to the councils' anti-integration slogan, "Never!," the members also included bankers, merchants, judges, newspaper editors and politicians — folks given more to wearing suits and ties than hoods and robes. During the White Citizens Councils' heyday, the groups claimed more than 1 million members. Although they weren't immune to violence — Byron De La Beckwith, who murdered civil-rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, was a member — the councils generally used their political and financial pull to offset the effects of "forced integration." 

Once the segregation battle was lost, the air went out of the White Citizens Councils. The councils steadily lost members throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Sensing the need for a new direction, Baum, formerly the CCA's Midwest field director, called together a group of 30 white men, including former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox and future Louisiana Congressman John Rarick, for a meeting in Atlanta in 1985. Together, they cooked up a successor organization: the Council of Conservative Citizens. 

Oy. Like I said, my ignorance of this was certainly bliss. I truly am astonished that this event was staged within a 45 minute drive of the Civil Rights Museum and no one seemed to have picked it up.  In this day and age if four guys in hoods and sheets decide to have a "protest" at least 20 cameras will be there to cover it, yet a known white nationalist group holds its national conference here and no one even blinks?  That's just amazing to me. (BTW, if it was covered and I just can't find it please feel free to let me know.) I don't know what's more sad – that the media are stretched thin enough that they didn't pick up on this, or that we've become so inured to this kind of bile that we just don't pay attention any more.

I guess the one bright spot is they didn't get any attention outside of their own small circle of twisted minds. 

You Know You’ve Ticked Them Off When…

You know you've ticked off the voting public when two candidates for village council seats win via write-in and the mayor almost loses to a write-in.  Voters in Clemmons were sufficiently teed off at some of the candidates on the ballot (it had to do with a bond referendum and what appears to be a rift between a "new guard" and an "old guard") that they voted in two people who weren't even on the ballot, and narrowly missed voting out the incumbent mayor with a write-in campaign.  That's what I'd call a motivated voting populace.

Over in Lewisville things were much more sedate. I had the pleasure of serving on the Planning Board with two of the town council's newcomers, Sandy Mock, who garnered the most votes and Ed Smith who wasn't far behind in the vote count.  I think they'll do a great job for the town.

10 Signs of a Clemmons House

Oops, I guess the headline was a Freudian slip.  It should read 10 Signs of a Meth House, but seriously don't the descriptions just scream Clemmons? Particularly:

3. Lots of traffic — people coming and going at unusual times. There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically.
7. Secretive/protected area surrounding the residence (video cameras, alarm systems, guard dogs, reinforced doors, electrified fencing). 

I could be wrong, but when did that ever stop me, Fox News or MSNBC?

Get to Know Your Candidates in Lewisville and Clemmons

Lewisville is having a candidate forum at six tomorrow evening (10/21/09) in the Lewisville Library.   Local elections provide the greatest opportunity for your vote to have a real impact so if you live in Lewisville you should definitely plan on attending.  FYI, here's the slate of Town Council candidates this year:

  • Roger Fowler
  • Fred Franklin
  • Mike Horn
  • Tom Lawson
  • Ken Sadler
  • John Sangimino
  • Larry Sowers

Also tomorrow evening, West Forsyth High School is hosting a "Meet the Candidate" issues exchange for the six candidates for Clemmons Council from 7-8:30.

Ecorations

I came across thispress release about a web-based company in Clemmons called Ecorations that has a pretty interesting product concept.

Ecorations, LLC is a web-based company launched in May 2008 by Kathy de Jong and Debora Owens. The concept was inspired by de Jong’s Dutch mother-in-law, who once presented Kathy with a Christmas gift wrapped in a burlap tote—only to promptly ask for it back (promising that she’d “see it again next year”). Today, Ecorations hopes to spread this lovely, timeworn tradition to the rest of the world.

Founded with the mission to reduce waste and shift standards in gift giving, the company is committed to quality and innovation “where green meets smart and chic.” Its bags and wraps are made in the U.S. of high-quality fabric, making them durable throughout years of reuse. Additional gift bag designs, including an apparel box wrap, structured pouch and wine bottle bag, come in several sizes (to fit any gift) and 10 reversible fabrics combinations for a variety of occasions

Clemmons Town Center

With all the turmoil in today's credit markets I was wondering if there's going to be a delay in the development of Clemmons Town Center, the new mall that's planned for the area between Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Harper Road, Peacehaven Road and I-40 in Clemmons.  I don't have an answer to that question, but when I searched the name of the developer, Hill Partners, Inc. of Charlotte, I found a link to an article in a trade magazine called Shopping Center Business.  The article, which appeared in November, 2008, says that Hill Partners expects to open the project in late 2010 and that they are working with Novant on a master plan since the land that Novant purchased for its Clemmons hospital is adjacent to the mall property.

I wouldn't be surprised if the development is delayed for a while given the credit environment, but now that Novant's gotten the preliminary approval for the hospital from the state of North Carolina I think the odds of both the hospital and the mall actually being built have risen dramatically in the last month.

One interesting piece of info I learned: Hill Partners is also managing The Old Post Office Pavilion in DC.  I always liked that development so it gives me encouragement that the Clemmons Town Center might turn out okay.  As for traffic…