In a small roadside bar, that’s a mere 45 miles west of Atlanta, GA, an unlikely gathering of people is taking place. Inside a back-room of the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar, about 75 people from various white supremacist groups have gathered together in a unique meeting. On this late Saturday night in April, the meeting could best be described as a white supremacist theme park. During the gathering, people were getting new tattoos, KKK members were selling t-shirts with the words “The Original Boys in the Hood,” and one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the country, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), had a large banner displayed with their contact information.
As three skin heads were outside wrapping a 15-foot tall cross and a swastika in burlap, and soaking it with gasoline, the gathering inside was described as an historic event. After the sun had set, the assembled crowd went outside to start lighting the cross and swastika on fire. This meeting, was an unprecedented gathering of various factions of the KKK, the NSM, and several other unaffiliated groups, who share a similar white pride ideology. As the fire lighting ceremony began, the Grand Wizard of the California chapter of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, shouted “For God! For race! For nation!” And in response, the crowd shouted “white power.”
To anyone outside of the white power ideology, the burning of the cross and swastika together, might not seem as such a big deal. But within the hated-fueled white supremacist movement, the two symbols burning side-by-side, represents a new day of collaboration inside the white supremacy movement. Although they share a similar belief, which is the superiority of the white race, they generally don’t get along because of issues as petty as which uniform to wear.
This is making history. We are putting together all the white organizations…there is no more time for division – Jeff Schoep, Commander of the National Socialist Movement
At the end of the gathering of bigots, a new organization called Aryan Nationalist Alliance was formed. The leaders of the various groups, pledged their support for the new umbrella organization with each group still having autonomy over their individual factions. The members of the ANA, plan on softening their hardcore racist image and aim to adopt a milder public image, hopefully led by Matthew Heimbach.