From the New York Times: Paul Craig Cobb, 61, has been buying up property in this town of 24 people in an effort to transform it into a colony for white supremacists. Credit: Jenn Ackerman.
A white supremacist is buying up land in Leith, North Dakota, vowing to create a home base for racists, according to an AP report. Paul Craig Cobb recently moved to the town of 24 residents and purchased nearly a dozen plots of land and has invited others of his kind to join him. But people in Leith are resisting.
According to the AP, Cobb is a self-described white supremacist who is wanted in Canada on charges of promoting hatred. Since arriving in Leith, he has "invited fellow white supremacists to move there and help him to transform the town ... into a white enclave. No one has come. Still, the community is mobilizing to fight out of fear that Cobb could succeed, and the mayor has vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure Cobb's dream remains just that."
The New York Times details how residents have rallied behind the town's single black resident:
- Democracy as Counter to Hate Groups: How Ordinary Citizens of Northern Idaho Defeated the Aryan Nations
- Grant County, Oregon Organizes Quickly Against Aryan Nations
- Video Series: Community Responses to Hate Groups
- Video, Adams Unity Coalition Responds to Hate
- Video, Strategies for When the Neo-Nazis Come to Town
- Video, Youth Lead the Fight in Olympia, Washington
- A Guide to Responding to Hate Groups: Lessons from Olympia Washington
- Historic Gettysburg Battlefield "Re-consecrated" after Hate Group Rally
- Not In Our Town Action Kit with sample pledges, proclamations, and posters