The Anti-Defamation League today urged Uvalda police chief Lewis Smith to rethink his decision to participate in an anti-immigration protest being organized by the League of the South, an organization ADL says promotes implicitly racist messages and whose mission is to create a South predicated on “Anglo-Celtic” cultural dominance.
Smith posted his intention to participate in the protest – scheduled for Saturday, August 24 in Uvalda- on the League of the South Facebook page.
“If Chief Smith does participate in the protest he will be giving tacit approval to the white supremacists who are organizing the event,” said Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of ADL. “Mr. Smith is guaranteed the Constitutional right of free speech,” Nigut said, “but as a law enforcement leader he has a responsibility to reject lending his name and office to a rally that will no doubt promulgate hatred and bigotry.”
According to an earlier League of the South Facebook page that has since been modified, the protest is being organized by Hunter Wallace (whose real name is Brad Griffin), a white supremacist who runs “Occidental Dissent” and Michael Cushman, who runs “Southern Nationalist Network.” “Occidental Dissent” is a racist blog that focuses on the South and “Southern Nationalist Network” is a neo-Confederate blog that focuses on “Southern identity.”
Others announcing they would attend the event include Matthew Heimbach, a white supremacist leader with the Traditionalist Youth Network, and Kyle Rogers, a key player in the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Michael Hill, the president of the League of the South, will also attend the event, along with other LOS members. The protest will purportedly focus on the claim that “immigration is destroying our Southern culture.”