Spitfire List Web site and blog of anti-fascist researcher and radio personality Dave Emory.

News & Supplemental  

Woman With Ties to White Supremacists Represents School for Blacks and Hispanics

By Lomin Saayman

FOXNews.com

A Florida woman who has been married to both the former head of the Ku Klux Klan and the creator of a notorious white supremacist Web site is working as a spokeswoman for a school that aims to lift underprivileged black and Hispanic children out of poverty.

An executive with an organization that tracks hate groups calls the employment of the woman, Chloe Black, an “untenable position” and “unbelievable.”

Black, the ex-wife of former KKK leader David Duke, is now married to Don Black, the creator of the white-power hate site Stormfront. Chloe Black is currently employed as an executive assistant at Florida Crystals, a sugar conglomerate whose owners, the Fanjul brothers, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help build a new campus for Glades Academy.

Glades is a charter school for the children of African-American and migrant workers in Pahokee, a rural town in Palm Beach County. Billionaire Jose “Pepe” Fanjul’s wife, Emilia, is chairman of the board of Glades Academy, and she hired Black to help promote the school.

Reports suggest that Black’s salary from the school may be going to support her husband’s activities on the hate site, as Don Black has had no clear source of income for some time.

Don Black, in an online appeal for contributions to his hate site, wrote that he does not receive a salary from the site. “Stormfront is an online community of White activists,” he wrote. “It’s not a business, no one receives a salary, and our work is supported by voluntary contributions.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based non-profit organization that tracks hate groups, Don Black has not had a regular job for “years and years,” though the SPLC could not prove that Chloe Black’s salary from Florida Crystals was going to support Stormfront.

When contacted by FOXNews.com, Chloe Black refused to discuss the allegations or her role in Glades Academy. She told the New York Post earlier this month that she hasn’t been involved with the white supremacy movement “in 30 years.”

But the SPLC, which has followed the Blacks as principal leaders of the white supremacist movement for decades, said that is not true.

Mark Potok, the SPLC’s intelligence project director, said Black in June attended a key conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group that says on its Web site that it opposes “all efforts to mix the races of mankind” and once described black people as “a retrograde species of humanity.”

“The SPLC’s role is not to make demands of the Fanjuls. But they have put as a front woman on this very worthy philanthropic project a woman who represents everything that is antithetical to this project. This is an untenable position. She is not merely a woman who married white supremacist leaders; she has actively participated in white supremacist functions,” Potok said.

Potok said he found Black’s involvement with Glades Academy “unbelievable.”

There is no indication that the Fanjuls or Florida Crystals were aware of Chloe Black’s right-wing sympathies when she was appointed to speak on behalf of Glades Academy.

Gaston Cantens, Florida Crystals’ vice president of corporate relations, did not respond to repeated requests by FOXNews.com for comment but has been quoted as saying that the company does not “comment on the private lives of our employees.”

But a cursory look at Black’s resume would have revealed her connections to the Knights of the KKK and the National Party.

In 1972 the then Chloe Hardin married David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the KKK who is described as a neo-Nazi by his critics. They divorced in 1984 but are reportedly still friendly and speak regularly. Black is the mother of Duke’s two daughters.

Four years later she married Don Black, Duke’s best friend and an ex-Klansman himself. Black is the founder and webmaster of Stormfront, the premier online location for white supremacists in the U.S. and Europe.

“Don Black and David Duke are not lightweight nationalists,” Potok said. “They are rabid white separatists. Duke is better described as a neo-Nazi more than anything else.”

The Black family residence in West Palm Beach has been registered in Chloe Black’s name since the year she separated from Duke.

According to the SPLC, 32 percent of Pahokee residents live in poverty. The Glades Academy project aims not only to educate the children in the area, but encourage graduates to give back to the community.

Discussion

8 comments for “Woman With Ties to White Supremacists Represents School for Blacks and Hispanics”

  1. Florida’s politics never ceases to amaze:

    Allen West Says He Was in a “White Supremacist Motorcycle Gang”
    By Matthew Hendley Tue., Nov. 8 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Remember that attack on Rep. Allen West stating that he’d been in sort of a motorcycle “gang” that didn’t care too much for nonwhite people?

    Well, it’s true, West apparently admits — 13 months after NBC Nightly News ran a segment detailing his ties to the gang and after the congressman denied it on multiple occasions throughout that time.

    West changed his story Friday on a North Dakota-based radio talk show hosted by Scott Hennen in response to a question asking whether presidential candidate Herman Cain is being attacked because he’s a black conservative.

    Scott Hennen: Is it an attack on a black conservative because he’s a black conservative?

    Congressman West: “Oh come on, I mean you know I was the only black member of a white supremacist motorcycle gang, so liberals and there are certain others I would say even within our party that are not comfortable with strong black conservative voices, and I would say there are people that feel very threatened by that because we do stand on principle. We are someone or entities that are out of the mainstream, if you want to call it that, so liberals are definitely going to come at you. But I think you also have this inner fight within our primary candidates for that piece of the pie that they want to have.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 14, 2011, 8:27 pm
  2. @Pterrafractyl: I saw that on Democratic Underground, btw…….what was he thinking? :O

    Posted by Steven l. | November 14, 2011, 9:26 pm
  3. @Steven L.: I’m guessing his reasoning went as far as
    “I bet this audience will think I’m cool if I talk about my biker days. Oh yeah they will…vrooom vroom vrooooom!”.

    Useful idiocy is a double edged sword.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 15, 2011, 9:55 am
  4. Just FYI, if you’re a far-right politician that would like to get the public to suddenly forget that you were photographed looking all chummy with neo-Nazis this isn’t how to do it:

    The Star
    Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ video scandal
    A video that appears to show Toronto’s mayor smoking crack is being shopped around by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade.

    By: Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan Staff Reporters, Published on Thu May 16 2013

    A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade.

    Two Toronto Star reporters have viewed the video three times. It appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. Ford is incoherent, trading jibes with an off-camera speaker who goads the clearly impaired mayor by raising topics including Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the Don Bosco high school football team Ford coaches.

    “I’m f—ing right-wing,” Ford appears to mutter at one point. “Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I’m just supposed to be this great.…” and his voice trails off. At another point he is heard calling Trudeau a “fag.” Later in the 90-second video he is asked about the football team and he appears to say (though he is mumbling), “they are just f—ing minorities.”

    The Star had no way to verify the authenticity of the video, which appears to clearly show Ford in a well-lit room. The Star was told the video was shot during the past winter at a house south of Dixon Rd. and Kipling Avenue. What follows is an account based on what both reporters viewed on the video screen. Attempts to reach the mayor and members of his staff to get comment on this story were unsuccessful.

    In case you were curious, the mayor of Toronto is no longer coaching those “f—ing minorities” at the local Catholic school.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 22, 2013, 1:02 pm
  5. FIAT LUX?
    *Adtendite a falsis lucem!

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/07/17/activist-son-of-key-racist-leader-renounces-white-nationalism/#more-11268

    Activist Son of Key Racist Leader Renounces White Nationalism

    Mark Potok on July 17, 2013,
    Posted in Extremist Propaganda, White Nationalism

    Derek Black, son of the former Alabama Klan leader who now runs the largest racist Web forum in the world, has renounced white nationalism, saying that he has been through “a gradual awakening process” and apologizing for his past activism.

    In an E-mail (pdf) to the editor of this blog earlier this week, Black, 24, wrote that he had come to see the arguments of white nationalism as “principally flawed,” adding that he had realized that American society is marked by an “overwhelming disparity between white power and that of everyone else” and that white nationalism was really about “an entrenched desire to preserve white power at the expense of others.”

    “Advocating for white nationalism means that we are opposed to minority attempts to elevate themselves to a position equal to our own,” wrote Black, who recently finished his third year at the elite New College of Florida. “It is an advocacy that I cannot support, having grown past my bubble, talked to the people I affected, read more widely, and realized the necessary impact my actions had on people I never wanted to harm.”

    It was a remarkable statement for Black, whose father, Don Black, once served time in prison for plotting a racist invasion of a small Caribbean nation and founded and still runs Stormfront, a white supremacist Web forum. The younger Black was raised in the racist movement, had by age 12 created a racist children’s page on his father’s website, and until recently hosted a radio show featuring racist guests.

    But it was also the latest step in a fairly clear evolution.
    Already, at the tender age of 9, Derek Black was attending racist events like this Nov. 7, 1998, gathering in Jackson, Miss., of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” He is pictured here with then-Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice, one of few politicians who was then still willing to be seen at CCC events.

    Last November, Derek Black posted a statement on a students-only forum at his college in which he explicitly said he was not a white supremacist, a neo-Nazi or a Klansman, and revealing that he had some unexpected views, such as support for same-sex marriage, environmental regulation, and legal abortion. But he also said in the statement, which was made public on this blog in December, that he was not renouncing white nationalism and did not see it as incompatible with his other views.

    In his E-mail this week, Black said that he was already moving away from white nationalism at the time, but that “I was not prepared to risk driving any wedge” into his relationship with his family, “whom I respect greatly, particularly my father.” But, he added, “After a great deal of thought since then, I have resolved that it is in the best interests of everyone involved, directly or indirectly, to be honest about my slow but steady disaffiliation from white nationalism.” He described himself as having spent “the past few years … disentangling myself from white nationalism,” and added that he had closed down his radio show permanently this January. He said that he had not posted at all on Stormfront this year, and only once in 2012. He said he did attend a Stormfront conference in 2012, but would not do so again this year.

    Black also directly confronted some of the main arguments of white nationalism, such as the idea that whites are being victimized by non-white immigration, mixed-race marriages and affirmative action — what amounts, in the arguments of white nationalists, to “genocide” aimed at destroying the white race. He also ridiculed many white nationalists’ “particularly bizarre” hatred of Jews.

    “I now consider this belief system principally flawed,” he said. “Most arguments that racial equity programs disadvantage whites who would otherwise be hired or accepted to academic programs mask underlying anxieties about the growth of non-white social status. It is impossible to argue rationally that in our society, with its overwhelming disparity between white power and that of everyone else, racial equity programs intended to affect the deep-rooted situation represent oppression of whites.” Indeed, Black added, “The advancement of minorities in the US is not insignificant, but has not ended (let alone reversed) their circumstances.”

    Black was explicitly apologetic. “I acknowledge that things I have said as well as my actions have been harmful to people of color, people of Jewish descent, activists striving for opportunity and fairness for all, and others affected.”

    “I can’t support a movement that tells me I can’t be a friend to whomever I wish or that other people’s races requires me to think about them in a certain way or be suspicious of their advancements,” Black wrote toward the end of his four-page statement. “Minorities must have the ability to rise to positions of power, and many supposed ‘race’ issues are in fact issues of structural oppression, poor educational prospects, and limited opportunity. The differences I thought I observed didn’t go nearly as deeply as I imagined. I believe we can move beyond the sort of mind-boggling emphasis white nationalism puts on maintaining an oppressive, exclusive sense of identity — oppressive for others and stifling for our society.”

    ———

    Perhaps this is all true and good?
    Or a born and bred racist now attends an ‘elite’ college and ups his skills in rhetoric? Time will tell. So will actions.

    (One wonders how this rhetoric plays to Ma an Pa and ‘Uncle’ plastic face?)

    83 Comments

    Posted by participo | July 29, 2013, 3:33 pm
  6. If anyone in Jefferson County, Colorado was inclined run for congress this year but missed the primary season there might be an opening…

    GOP candidate with ties to white supremacy group dropping out of race
    By Lynn Bartels
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 03/27/2014 07:36:38 AM MDT

    A Lakewood Republican on Thursday said he is dropping his candidacy for the state House after publicity about his arrest record and ties to white-supremacy movements made him a target for Democrats and members of his own party.

    Nate Marshall’s decision to drop out of the race came five days after his nomination at the Jefferson County Republican assembly, and one day after The Denver Post publicized information about his background.

    “I didn’t think things all the way through,” Marshall told The Post Thursday afternoon.

    The 42-year-old construction manager said he isn’t media savvy, and he thought he would have time to explain his arrest record on his campaign web site and also go through and clean up some of the things he had posted on the Internet.

    He made derogatory comments about Muslims, gays and members of Occupy Denver.

    On one video involving Denver police and Occupy Denver, he wrote that Denver Police had “every right to shoot these scumbags.” On another video shot in Loveland, he wrote that the so-called 99 percent were nothing but “lowlife uneducated scum.”

    “I wasn’t hating on anybody,” Marshall said Thursday

    He said many of his postings stemmed from his frustration with current events. He referred to a court case where a Colorado judge determined that a Lakewood bakery unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.

    Marshall said he decided to run for the seat now held by Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, after learning at his precinct caucus on March 4 his party didn’t have a candidate. He received the party’s nomination at the Jeffco GOP assembly, but that was before his record became public.

    “Nate Marshall does not reflect the values of the Republican Party. We strongly oppose his continued candidacy and demand he end his campaign,” Bill Tucker, chairman of the Jeffco GOP, said Thursday in a news release.

    “The values of the Republican Party — family, community, care and tolerance — are not compatible with Marshall’s views, and we condemn the hateful words and actions associated with him.”

    The first calls for Marshall to step down were made on Facebook after The Denver Post on Wednesday pointed out Marshall’s arrest following a police investigation of a Craigslist rental scam. He paid restitution to the victim, and the charge was dropped.

    The Post also provided a link about Marshall and white supremacy activity. A group called Rocky Mountain Antifascists, which tracks neo-Nazi and white supremacist activity, noted that Marshall had formed an online political organization called The Aryan Storm and was recruiting members.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 27, 2014, 2:15 pm
  7. White bean supremacists rejoice: there’s a GOP “bean feed” fundraiser coming up and you’re invited. White supremacists, on the other hand, are totally not invited. Apparently:

    TPM Livewire
    Oklahoma Gov. Will Skip Local GOP Fundraiser With KKK Discussion

    By Caitlin MacNeal
    August 6, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) will not go to a local Republican Party fundraiser after the party distributed flyers advertising a Ku Klux Klan discussion at the event, Business Insider reported on Wednesday.

    In the flyers, the Garvin County Republicans promoted a chat about “some things that you may not know” about the KKK. One of the event’s organizers said that the discussion would be focused on how some Democrats can be tied to the Klan and said that the event was not “connected” to the KKK, according to Business Insider.

    The flyer advertised that Fallin would speak at the “GOP Bean Feed” event, but a spokesman for the governor, Alex Weintz, told Business Insider that Fallin declined to attend the fundraiser.

    “They had invited her to go, we had said we would look to put it on her schedule. She is not going,” Weintz said.

    “All I can tell you is she is not going and certainly that flyer was not something that is run by our office,” Weintz told Business Insider. “The governor was never going to speak about any of those topics. Her plan was always to speak about her re-election campaign and her goals for the state.”

    Allie Burgin, the Garvin County GOP chairman, told Business Insider that the flyer was “taken out of context.”

    “It kind of caused a firestorm because KKK was mentioned in there and it had people thinking that was a recruiting tool or something we were signing on to,” he said. “The information is just a website where you can find how the KKK was instituted and it was actually started by southern Democrats.”

    Burgin called the KKK a “racist organization.”

    “Throughout history they’ve been known to be murderers,” he said.

    Business Insider has a picture of the flyer here.

    Ah. So the plan was apparently to lure people in to the fundraiser with hints that KKK secrets will be revealed, only to talk about the group’s history with Democrats? You have to wonder how that would have gone over with all the closet KKK members that the flier was clearly going to attract. It definitely could have gotten weird.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 6, 2014, 7:22 pm
  8. Someone on a Texas school board decided to share their holiday wishes on Facebook. It’s a dream of a Black Christmas. A ‘Don Black‘ Christmas. Oops:

    TPM Livewire
    Texas School Board Member Sorry For KKK ‘White Christmas’ Facebook Post

    By Ahiza Garcia
    Published December 2, 2014, 4:45 PM EST

    A Texas school board member apologized after posting an image of a member of the Ku Klux Klan with the caption “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” to his Facebook page, television station KTAL reported on Monday.

    Chris Harris, a board member for the Hooks Independent School District in the town of Hooks, posted two apologies to Facebook after posting the offensive image. After removing the offending post, he maintained in both apologies that he was not “a racist.”

    Harris also explained that the original post was “meant as a joke” that he realized “offended people” and that “got taken way out of context.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 2, 2014, 5:55 pm

Post a comment