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Donald Trump, KKK & The Revolution: Transformative Education

Bio

Daniel Gallant is a former white supremacist and a practicing Social Worker that is currently studying law. Most recently Daniel Gallant was interviewed on this topic by the Montreal Gazette.

Letter to the Editor

President-Elect Donald Trump.

Successful in his presidential campaign, 2016, Trump has enshrined and emulated living controversies from the depths of American society’s psyche. He has advocated and capitalized upon angst of many citizen’s valid grievances against the state. Additionally, Trump has echoed the long standing American right wing rhetoric; many of his statements can only be described as discriminatory and bigoted. Much of the commentary from Trump, echoes that of the extreme far right.

There is no doubt that many people echo sentiments, similar to that expressed by the likes of the KKK, and David Duke. Right wing extremists have proclaimed that it is their vote that succeeded the Trump vote. A question remains: is this true?

What we know, as evidenced through a plethora of academic research, theorizing and confirming that our Americas (namely Canada and USA) are built upon capitalist precepts that include white supremacy.

The privilege gained by the dominant society has been attained and maintained through injustices served upon the other(s). Our system is historically white supremacist and classist, some will claim a cultural predation and law entrenched in arcane supremacist doctrines. While others emphasizing that the power belongs to the nations descendants; albeit missing the context of indigenous peoples. Perhaps, the most intense shock for Trump’s critics is that merely the point that America is not all that different than it’s ever been.

While, the KKK may not have directly affected the voting majority per se, it is known that Klan’s (and kin networks) message is directly aligned with the ideological construct of Trump’s campaign, and the collective conscious of the voting majority in the USA. This was not ideologically distinguished from that of the Harper-era in Canada. In many contexts and applications of politic, the violent right wing extremist ideology and doctrine (e.g. KKK) is cut from the literal same social fabric as is Trump and his voting majority. This is not to say that all Trump voters are white supremacist. However, it is fair to argue that the absorption of collective consciousness has become what was white supremacist and could now be legitimately concluded as mono-ethno-centric in construct. This ethno-centric trend espouses hatred, on both the left and right wing majority and fringes.

Those identified as the left wing, often believe our societies have progressed away from racism and other arcane political practices. We only need to see the manifestation of the 2016 campaign to understand this is not true. The right wing proclaims the left wing is as bad, or worse, than the right wing; that the left wing who claim to be anti-fascist are demonstrating attributes of fascism themselves. Both, left and right, have turned into ugly polarizations of the other. Violence is brought forth, emerged, from both narratives, but there is a simple solution: building upon common ground through human relationships.

Trump merely mimics that which already exists.  It does not take a rocket scientist to understand this. Trump is a mere expressive mouthpiece, a trumpet if you will, that has a platform of power that expresses what other groups have been doing for decades. Obviously what Trump has said and does coincides, and is congruent, to that of the voting majority in USA.

Expressively, the voting majority does concur with Trump. Those left wingers who are frustrated have emulated the aesthetic of their opponent, as they engage violent rhetoric and action on the streets. Citizens have a right to be angry and frustrated and to express that. However, it is unlikely that the right to expression is to include the right be violent in messaging and action. The left wing now demonstrates engagement similar to their right opponent. Polarizations and rock throwing do not resolve issues. Dialogue and education resolve these issues.

I have affirmed through formal education and research that of which the far right wing extremists have stated for decades; that their views are not foreign to that of the dominant colonial nations and culture of the Americas. I believed this to be true when I was young homeless street youth entrenched in right wing extremist doctrine, and now as an academic, practitioner, researcher and global citizen. Moreover, the actions of the left wing are turning ugly and violent, just as are the expressions of the right wing; including Trump himself.

The Revolution

Moving forward with the political reality and social mirror we gaze into, we know that the historic context of North American society is racist and continues to be; it is embedded into law and culture. The existence of racism, or white supremacy if you will, in law is undisputable. The question remains: can we overcome these arcane elements of our western ‘civilized’ society?

The American normalization of racialization, discrimination, hate, and supremacy combined with the lack of educational outcomes that foster practical critical thinking skills and the ability to practically identify and overcome logical fallacies will continue to result in a tidal wave of reemerging right wing politics, which continues to navigate ends of causing harm to identifiable groups seen as the other; as the dominant class (whether race or socio-economic) mainstays its power and privilege.

It is worrisome that the norm is still the social acceptability that people can conduct, and express, themselves in discriminatory fashions. More to this point, what is feared by most people is that both the left and right wing have become viscerally entrenched in acts of violence and hatred.

Hopefully the election of Donald Trump will demonstrate to those who are opposed, or reject, the dominant supremacist doctrines will collectively find a way to ensure our education systems construct and incorporate practical critical thinking skills and how to identify and overcome logical fallacies, which are embedded within our culture, institutions, law and politics. Only then can we engage dialogue.

The revolution needs to begin now. We need to overcome our arcane past of supremacist doctrines, and walk towards a future that includes all of us. Including those who hold racist views and have a long way to go. Our revolution must be education, not violence and hate. We must not embody the aesthetic of the arcane element that still grips onto power. We must become the change we want to see in the world. This can be achieved through transformative education and dialogue. Revolution through education.

Autobiographies of Former Neo-Nazis (Part II of V)

This article was previously published at Exit Resources

Following text is paraphrased from my thesis:

A “Former” Perspective:
An Exploration of the Disengagement Process from Violent Right Wing Extremism

By
Daniel Clayton Gallant
B.A. (First Nations Studies), UNBC, 2011
M.S.W., UNBC, 2014
This text is copyright of Daniel C. Gallant © and cannot be distributed, nor copied, without expressed written permission from author.

*To receive permission or access to whole thesis document please contact Daniel C. Gallant.

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Qualifying Research Subjects

In my graduate studies I found that this list of commonalities exist within stories of four separate North American males who are former white supremacists. The criteria for my selected research group were that these individuals had all established a historic reputation during their time within white supremacist movements as being both dedicated to the cause and violent. Moreover, they had to be disengaged from violent extremism for long periods and maintain credibility as ‘formers’.

Credibility of ‘Formers’

To be credible and measurable in their social and personal transformation these individuals must be acknowledged as being active in community work; not just any community work. They had to be publicly recognized as being leaders or activists by community, or communities, of people who have experienced systemic oppression and or genocide. These qualifying factors along with having a published autobiographic story resulted in a solid target group for the study. I established these criteria through discursive discourse (media articles and printed and or accessible public knowledge).

Males

I selected males due to the fact that, that in my experience as a former neo-Nazi, males tend to engage with more violent behavior than women; it’s notable that this is not only true for white supremacists but all perpetrators of violence in North America. Men commit more violence than women in North America. In addition to the fact that males tend to be more violent than women, selecting males for the study aligned their gender and political roles with my own as this study was an autoethnography.

North America

Maintaining the cultural context of North America was also important to the theoretical framework and conceptual framework of my study. I had several world leading scholars suggest that keeping a North American context would be a good idea as there are many cultural differences within the white supremacist movement between Europe (and abroad) and North America. Some could argue that this is true between Canada and the USA as well. However, I resolve this argument through actuary (well established research) sources within my theoretical framework e.g. South Africa apartheid was modeled after Canadian Indian policies; Nazi Germany modeled concentration camps after USA reserve system.

Findings

This is a brief summary list of the thematic findings of my study. These are the general themes that I identify that contributed to white supremacists who had defected, disengaged and or deradicalized from white supremacy movements in North America:

  •  Contradictions
  • Unlikely Networks/Individuals
  • Epiphany/Realization
  • Exhaustion from Violence
  • Faith/Hope
  • Asking for Help
  • Meaning/Purpose
  • Political Activism and Intelligence Sharing
  • Education

After Thoughts

The findings of this part of my study leave to question whether or not that the people men who disengage from white supremacist movements share commonalities that synthesize the reasons for their involvement with the movements in the first place. I now have questions as an ‘insider’ researcher if those who stay in the movement long term as opposed to those who defect, disengage and or deradicalize differ in personality affect; or if their motivations for joining the white supremacist movements differs in anyway. I have many other thoughts and ponderings as a result of this study and the ongoing exit work I do with the non-profit I founded Exit Canada. The findings of this study have resulted in personal clarity on what is important in life as a former, which then helps prepare me to what may assist in strategizing exit strategies for others. Thus, my research has already proven to be successful. I now hope that I will offer others some insights and resources into their own exiting and or assisting/supporting other practitioners who work with exit organizations.

*The following articles will combine both my book reviews and my graduate studies analysis of the autobiographies by TJ Leyden, Frank Meeink and Arno Michaelis.

 

Cultural Native Pride Vs. White Racial Pride

I wrote this blog article in response to many comments I read online in response to the Inquisition interview I did about the Black Metal band Inquisition. I am now posting this article because of similar responses I have heard about the Braves use of racist mascot.

The concept of race is complex and often confuses people. Often people do not know how to discern the difference between race, ethnicity and culture. We have learned from science that race is a social construction. Research has proven that the phenotypes of the human body i.e. eye color, hair color, skin color are not determinants of a person’s intelligence, behavior, nor criminality. A person’s skin color is not guide the reason for their behavior. Language and culture influence a person’s worldview and behavior, along with other biological determinants, which of course have nothing to do with color of skin.

The concept of race and the practice of racialization often result in racism. There are more similarities between people than there are differences. Race is only as important as a particular society emphasizes it to be.

Before the Americas were ‘discovered’ the indigenous peoples referred to the land base of North and South America as Turtle Island. There were as many indigenous cultures as there were languages. There were complex societies and governance systems in place. People were seen as people. Colonization has resulted in divisiveness amongst peoples and land. Indigenous cultural revitalization movements have formed a collective voice that takes pride in beautiful and resilient relationships with land, language and people. This revitalization is sometimes referred to as Native Pride.

Native Pride is a social movement of healing indigenous cultures, after a legacy of atrocity perpetrated by a white supremacist regime. The indigenous cultural revitalization and healing movement has a strong and prominent position, as it should. Canada should have pride in this fact. First Nations’ identity has proven to be a resilient spirit that is not restricted by time, space, or by colonization. Native Pride is not about hate.

The history of Canada has proven to be entrenched in a racist worldview. The Canadian federal government is still racist, and because of that racist laws still exist. The evidence is seen in the treatment of First Nations peoples, which is justified through legislation i.e. Indian Act.

The Indian Act has resulted in the decimation of indigenous peoples, land, culture and language. Colonization has resulted in genocidal atrocities committed against indigenous peoples. The Indian Act justified the imposition of racist laws that banned cultural practices i.e. prohibition of language, cultural ceremonies, indigenous governance. Assimilation programs, like the residential schools, were put into action. The plan of the federal government was to exterminate indigenous ways of being. The racist law and worldview of the colonial government intended to exterminate indigenous cultures, if not it would likely have exterminated indigenous peoples similarly to the USA. The justification for racism was based in a combination of religion, science and law.

In part, the belief system that inspired systemic genocide was called manifest destiny. This racist belief structure had roots within racist science, religion and politics. It was a belief that the inferior race of ‘savages’ was to be civilized and converted to Christianity. This perverse interpretation of religious doctrine and faith fuelled the decimation of the First Peoples of Turtle Island.

Since the late 1800s, Canada has continued on with the legacy of a racist agenda that has resulted in the murder and torture of tens of thousands of indigenous children in residential schools. The indigenous population was never ‘conquered’ in Canada. The Canadian government entered into Treaty Agreements with many First Nations, with some exceptions. The Canadian Government has continuously disregarded historic treaties with First Nations peoples. First Nations peoples are the only group in Canada who are consistently threatened by the Canadian Government with military force. The Federal Government often functions as if it is a consistent enemy of the indigenous peoples. Systemic racism is still in motion and so is day-to-day racism.

The Indian Act of Canada determines Indian Status (citizenship) by means of what we call blood quantum, which is actually a socially constructed mathematical formula that measures Indian-ness based in a de-bunked science from the era of manifest destiny. This mathematical formula that is still in place and is at its core extremely racist and by definition is Apartheid. If any other legislation were introduced that mathematically measured someone’s race it would be surely be squashed as a violation of Human Rights. Native-ness or indigeniety is not measured by blood quantum.

Native Pride has emerged out of the imposed colonial campaign that launched genocide against the indigenous peoples on Turtle Island, which was initiated by Europeans. Indigenous identity and education is rooted within the cultural teachings found in the language and ceremonies that connect peoples with the land. It was not until just over 50 years ago that had changed when complex changes were made to the Indian Act. Between 1952 and 1985 these changes included lifting prohibition of cultural practices, right to vote and other Constitutional issues. In the 1970s the indigenous healing movement emerged and was made accessible to the larger population, after remaining an underground social movement due to the legislative prohibitions. Cultural revitalization, after an era of oppression, became central to Native Pride.

In Canada we often hear statements, from non-indigenous Canadians, that are demeaning and racist towards First Nations people. These comments echo the racism that indigenous peoples have suffered historically, and still experience today e.g.:

  • Canada has compensated First Nations enough for the residential school stuff, when is enough, enough?
  • First Nations’ receive plenty of special treatment e.g. free education and money, free hunting and fishing, and free houses on reserve lands.
  • I am not my ancestors, I cannot and will not be held accountable for the bad things they did to First Nations peoples.
  • If natives can have Native Pride why am I am I called a racist for having White Pride?

Canada offers all people freedom of expression with limitations, of course. The limits to free expression, or freedom of speech, end when we begin to promote violence and or genocide of identifiable groups. The Criminal Code of Canada does have a Hate Crimes section that ineffectively deals with these limitations to free speech. Under Section 13 of the Human Rights Act of Canada people had an alternative process to deal with hateful messages. However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has recently repealed Section 13. Harper’s government stripped Canadians of this alternative process.

The right wing Conservatives, who had historic ties to several Canadian and American white supremacist terrorists, felt that hate crimes legislation was appropriate to deal with hate crimes and that Section 13 was unnecessary. According to Human Rights organizations and lawyer Richard Warman the decision to repeal Section 13 was a deficient direction that would surely be celebrated by right wing extremists and terrorists.

White supremacists, neo-Nazis and other right wing extremist types have been diligently attempting to water down and whitewash the racist movement in North America to what is sometimes referred to as ‘white nationalism.’ Another term utilized by this social movement is White Pride. In fact, the idea of White Pride as opposed to White Power is encouraged by some of the most dangerous white supremacists in North America and functions as the central motif of the Nazi-esque worldview. Some people ask:

“If First Nations can have Native Pride why can’t ‘whites’ have White Pride?”

White people have not, and do not, face systemic racism, oppression and genocide; in spite of what white supremacists and Nazi-types claim. White Pride is dogmatic disguising of extremist right wing ideology and is entrenched in the idea that white people are somehow facing oppression. In fact, white people are not facing oppression. However, we do live in a rapidly changing society due to globalization. This can result in the dominant ‘white’ society, feeling their privilege slowly slipping away.

Canadian society is experiencing a social growth spurt and as a result many ‘white’ people are uncomfortable with, and resistant to, the changes our society is experiencing. This trend of gripping onto white supremacist dogma, seemingly perpetrated by ‘white’ men, is likely unbeknownst to most due to a lack of critical thinking skills. Most people who believe they are not racist become entrenched in defensiveness when confronted on their subtle and inherent racist declarations.

Race was socially constructed as a way to divide people. Racialization does not empower anyone, except the dominant class that racially identifies and positions itself above others. In order for the dominant class to maintain its grip of power-over ‘other-ed’ groups it must resist and refuse to relinquish their dominion, power and social privilege.

White Pride is not about culture, because it has everything to do with race and power. There is no singular ‘white culture.’ Also, there is no singular Native culture but the European colonial government did apply white supremacist policy to most indigenous peoples. Native Pride is about the reconstitution and reclamation of cultural identity that was restricted through genocidal processes. Indigenous peoples have been forced to collectively respond to systemic racism and persecution. Native Pride is not about race and is a cultural revitalization social movement. Whereas, White Pride is rooted within white supremacy and or the discomfort with a decreasing amount of privilege that comes at the cost of injustices served unto indigenous peoples.

Any person, or group, that is deluded to believe White Pride is not racist needs to be challenged directly. Any person or organization that believes that ‘whites’ are experiencing oppression or racism do not understand what these concepts mean. Public conversations are necessary in order for social learning to be achieved. Public education and dialogue is essential in order to challenge these racist rationalizations.

Un-learning will only be achieved once we openly negotiate these conversations publicly. White Pride is inherently a racist realization. Native Pride is a path to reclamation of indigenous voice and vision, and is not based in racial assertions.

 

 

Book Review: Race Traitor: The True Story of the Canadian Intelligence Service’s Greatest Cover-Up

This Book Review is now published on Violent Extremist Exit Resources website.

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Introduction

“We’ll tear her to shreds.”

~ CSIS Toronto Region Investigator speaking of eighteen year old Elisa Hategan, whose affidavits implicated CSIS agent Grant Bristow in criminal activity. CBC’s The Fifth Estate, October 1994~

Race Traitor: The True Story of the Canadian Intelligence Service’s Greatest Cover-Up was a pleasure to read. Elisa Hategan has delivered an upfront account of her personal lived experience that definitively checks out with other sources within the public body of knowledge on this topic. A true account of government corruption, and security and law enforcement cover-up. The blatant role that the Canadian system had in establishing what could be said to be the most notorious neo-Nazi organization since WWII. It is noteworthy that Elisa starts her autobiography by explaining the difficulty she had in attempts to publish her book.

Publishing companies shy away from stories like this. In my own personal experience, publishing companies were resistant to my autobiography as a former violent racist skinhead. I am inspired to consider self-publishing, in a no-holds-barred way, much like Elisa. I want to start off by saying to Elisa directly:

“Thank you for your honest and courageous modeling, you are a living inspiration of true change. Your path is unique and beautiful. I commend you, and hope to honor your work.”

This story includes the detailed ins-and-outs of a CSIS conspiracy that involves the planted agent, Grant Bristow, within the Heritage Front. In fact, Elisa does what no one else would do. She brings together many of the fragments of facts to tell ‘the’ story in its most comprehensive form to date. Her facts are hard. Her sources are solid. She does a fantastic job of calling out poignant politicians, security agencies and law enforcement for their role in establishing one of the largest neo-Nazi organizations since WWII. This is a true account of CSIS and politicians who were involved in, and with, a Canadian domestic terrorist group. This book leaves many questions that should be asked in public spaces:

“How deep does systemic white supremacist ideology run in Canadian society?”

It could be said that former Heritage Front members are still at the center of the Canadian white supremacist movement. Many of its members are still in operation. The fact that CSIS funded, at minimum, some of the operations of the Heritage Front is troublesome, although, Hategan’s story reveals a grotesque abuse of Canadian tax dollars. Moreover, Elisa’s exposé on the cover-ups ordered by those at the top of security operations is very troubling. Her lived experience, combined with both her writing and research skills, presents an enthralling story that is raw.

Elisa’s ability to include comedic interludes throughout the story was superb. I have never literally laughed out loud while reading, until I read Race Traitor. Elisa captures the reader with her vulnerability. She is real. An authentic voice that is amplified through her fact based presentation of Tory corruption within the Canadian government, security forces and law enforcement.

In my opinion the most important facts embedded this story include the following points:

  • insights into the process of radicalization and deradicalization
  • most people in the movement come from fairly ‘normal’ lifestyles and backgrounds
  • in the highest ranks of hate groups and white nationalist movements there are working relationships between violent right-wing extremists and other ‘non-white’ groups and individuals, which may result in a lack of perceived threats from ultra-right factions by the general public
  • the most important people who supported and assisted Elisa’s exit were anti-racist activists, a journalist and members of the American Indian Movement

 Book Review Author’s Bio:

myself had spent nearly a decade in the white supremacist movement, shortly after the Heritage Front fell apart. Little did I know that an 18-year-old girl, a journalist and a handful of committed anti-racist activists would dismantle the terrorist group that the Canadian government funded and helped to create. Since leaving the white supremacist movement well over a decade ago, I have achieved two university degrees and have researched the historic relationship between the Canadian government and what we now call violent right wing extremist networks. My area of research also includes the analysis of former violent white supremacists autobiographies. It is my opinion that Elisa Hategan’s autobiography is the most important autobiography of this category to date.

The grim reality is that white supremacy, racism and anti-Semitism runs deep within our Canadian Society, and Race Traitor reflects how deep that is. This is a must read for every counter-extremist/terrorist scholar and researcher in North America; especially for those who are studying extremist/terrorist disengagement and deradicalization in the North American context. Scholars who are studying right wing extremist networks need to focus on the context that our society breeds right wing extremists, quite literally. This is not only my opinion, but is shared and reflected through several North American scholars who specialize on this subject; furthermore, this point is driven and exemplified through Elisa’s story. Elisa Hategan deserves national attention and acknowledgement for her sacrifices that resulted in dismantling the largest terrorist network in Canadian history, which was in part funded and founded by the Canadian government and CSIS.

Race Traitor is a must read for anyone concerned with CSIS’s operations, systemic racism in Canada and corruption of both government and law enforcement. I believe that every First Nations activist and like-minded allies would benefit greatly by reading Elisa Hategan’s story. Further insights into structural racism could be gained from this story.

 General reflections

I have recently established an organization that works towards developing deradicalization resources for those who have disengaged from violent right wing extremism. Deradicalization means to unlearn and re-constitute one’s worldview and self-identification; moving away from a violent right wing ideology to a non-violent and less schismatic worldview. Challenging the fundamentals of right wing worldview is a long process, one that I know intimately. My work and life are centered around educating the public on how deep white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideology run within Canadian society and culture. I believe this book, by Elisa Hategan, is a powerful contribution into the conversations that need to be had amongst those involved within counter-violent-extremism. Elisa Hategan is a primary example of true deradicalization that supersedes any other current former white supremacist autobiography I have read.

Scholars should take note of this autobiographic story as a poignant insight into gaps within scholarship on right wing extremist networks; we as scholars often buy into the myths and stereotypes of what a white supremacist is and does; like the general population. Race Traitor gives us an insight that breeches the common perspectives of who is in and around the ultra-violent right wing. Elisa’s literary contribution offers us some core challenges to re-consider from what is commonly believed about white supremacy and anti-Semitism.

This book is also great for anti-racist activists who want to learn more about the twisted, manipulative and coercive nature of the extreme right ideology and networks that plague North American society. Progressive critics of Canadian society, security services and the overall establishment may benefit from reading this book. The contentious facts contained within the book are verifiable. The facts Ms. Hategan presents can be cross-referenced with other sources. As I have already had a working knowledge on the topic at hand, both through old personal contacts and research experience, I know the facts in this book are solid. The book is clearly a ‘tell all’ about Elisa’s experience and dynamic relationship between CSIS and the white supremacist network in Canada. Elisa offers a state of vulnerability and authenticity, which reflects her resiliency, self-reflective and reflexive nature. She is a bold strong woman filled with courage that is only contended by her own demons.

Lastly, while reading Race Traitor, I thought to myself it is no wonder why the Canadian government and intelligence communities focus their counter-extremist/terrorist efforts towards both First Nations and Muslim communities. Looking at the ideological connections and direct social networks shared between the Canadian government and the extreme ultra-violent-right-wing may just be ‘too close to home’. Perhaps with more digging, Canadians will see how deep the roots of archaic and schismatic worldviews of our society go; views and behavior that contradict our stated policies of inclusive multiculturalism and human rights.

The Story

Elisa was sixteen years old when she was recruited into the Heritage Front, one of Canada’s most infamous white supremacist groups. As Elisa points out, the HF was infamous for trying to change the brand and face of the white supremacist movement in Canada. People such as David Duke, Wolfgang Droege and others were strategically changing the identifiable brutish reputation of the extreme far right. A new face to the white supremacist movement was being promoted in order to manipulate recruitment into the violent and racist network. The newer face of the violent right wing movement claims to be made up of revolutionaries fighting a courageous war of ideals; the author does a great job at showing that this self-righteous and self-imposed proclamation is just yet another white lie.

CBC

This brings to surface another core issue I discovered halfway through the book. This story reminded me of an old ‘made for TV’ movie I had watched several years back. It was called White Lies (1998). Elisa’s book reminded of the movie. I hadn’t never thought about the movie since I had seen it years ago. The movie was a poorly written and failed production. The tale of a young middle class ‘white girl’ who was recruited by a white supremacist organization as a magazine writer. From my recollection the only differences between Elisa’s lived experience and the story of the girl in the movie, played by Sarah Polley, was that the character in the film came from a middle class home and had sex with white supremacist skinheads. Other than that, this movie was Elisa’s story. After further inquiry, I discovered that the CBC produced TV movie, White Lies, was loosely-based on Elisa’s lived experience. Moreover, the CBC had not compensated Elisa in any way. I discovered that CBC fictionalized a lot of things in order to avoid paying for the story rights.

I send out a big boot to CBC for exploiting this woman’s, or at the time might I say “girl’s,” story. I appreciate the CBC in many regards and value the news provided by the semi-progressive broadcast network, but this is an abhorrent scenario that should be resolved. I was thoroughly disappointed when I learned about this history.

Recruitment

Elisa’s experience as a young recruit brought her into the heart of the Canadian white supremacist movement. She hung around Wolfgang Droege, who was born in Austria and had previously spent time in a USA prison for a failed attempt to overthrow the Dominican government. In 2005, Wolfgang was shot to death by a drug-using associate, not a surprising end for a man who lived a violent and hateful life.

Elisa also spent time in the home of Ernst Zundel, who has been on the run in almost every country he has lived in. He is a hate-monger who considers himself a ‘revisionist scholar.’ A revisionist who constructs a fictional argument that attempts to claim the number of people who died, as the result of the totalitarian Nazi regime in WWII was false. Unfortunately these holocaust deniers are grotesquely fueled by a perverted sense of direction that propagates hateful anti-Semitic propaganda. Young Elisa forged close relations with these grotesque people; she was a socially isolated child and they were emotional predators that spoon-fed her hate.

Elisa tells her story of being lost and alone, a child who was marked by these manipulative and coercive leaders. Boldly, Elisa informs us that her case was not common within the circle she ran with. In fact, she tells us that her experience was the anomaly. She was the only street kid she had met, especially to be groomed for leadership. The majority of the members of this extremely racist movement were people who lived relatively ‘normal’ lives prior to joining the Heritage Front; this is an important insight for those academics familiar with the radicalization process and hate crimes stats. Of course she tells stories of brutish, violent and ignorant skinheads, crusty old hateful people and the manipulative and abusive nature of men who operated like a cult; The Heritage Front was a political cult.

A Lighter Flavor

Elisa talks about some of the inner workings of the Heritage Front. I was glad to read that she included that there was a color-coded system used by the racist skinheads. Bootlaces and suspenders codified their self-identified standing within their gangs, along with racist tattoos. Elisa also offers some comedic pun elements that lighten up the heavy load of the books content. As a reader this brings in some humor in order to make the reading journey of her horrible experience a little more palatable.

First Nations Community

Interestingly enough, Elisa did not initially seem to buy into the lies that were being fed to her when she was recruited at sixteen years old. She was bold enough to question the information that these de-bunked leaders were throwing at her. This speaks to Elisa’s resiliency and the strength of her character, which is echoed at the end of the book.

I was astounded to learn that she stood in solidarity with First Nations during the injustices of the Oka Crisis, prior to her recruitment into the Heritage Front. I believe this further speaks to Elisa’s inherent progressive thinking, which through my own perceptual lens considers is probably due to the fact that she, like me, understands what it means to be beaten down; thus, can at least in part empathize with people who have been systemically abused by the colonial racist Canadian government.

Identifying with the political plight of First Nations peoples has been poignant in my own process of transformation, after leaving the violent white supremacist movement in Canada. Of course, the chief manipulators in this story prey upon Elisa’s young mind and try to convince her that First Nations peoples are drunkards and losers. Interestingly enough, the climatic point of the book for me was when the American Indian Movement (AIM) were the only people who offered her effective protection and support. In both my own personal story and Elisa’s story it seems that the people who were abused the most by the Canadian government and RCMP were rescuers who had a deep understanding of structural racism. Thus, in my experience I know there is a lot of respect offered to people who reflectively consider their role as an overt oppressor and work towards making a profound change to expose racist corruption and to engage public conversations about historic and contemporary racism in Canada.

Counter-Extremism

Elisa’s account of the Heritage Front’s involvement in the global context is what I consider to be one of the most profound aspects of her literary contribution. She explains that the white supremacist movement was directly tied to Khadafy’s regime. Most people would not understand, know, nor even heard of this. The Libyan dictator seemed to adore the Canadian white supremacist movement, most likely due to anti-Semitic ideology. Khadafy was responsible for inhumane treatment of Jews in Libya, like his predecessors who implemented laws that identified the Jews as a race, and then systemically abused them. To most people this is shocking to learn about, but those who have an intimate history with violent right wing doctrine and networks know that there are many relationships forged in the name of anti-Semitism. I argue that the core thread of right wing ideology is the fictionalized Jewish conspiracy that the world is led by an alleged ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government). Most people do not understand the historical roots of the information they are taught that leads to anti-Semitism. Elisa’s autobiography reflects that indeed, anti-Semitism is at the core of the white nationalist movement.

Elisa tells us that Ernst Zundel had a young Orthodox Jewish boy, David Cole, visit him every couple of weeks. This broaches that very important misconception people have of the white supremacist movement. What most people believe about neo-Nazi, and white nationalist, networks is not the way these groups actually function. Hitler’s Nazi regime had many alliances with Japan, some Muslim militias and other armies; all of which were anti-Semitic at their core. Moreover, the current right wing extremist network is fraught with seemingly contradictory connections that confuse most people, until they learn how these ideological threads of anti-Semitism operate as alliance vehicles. These are an insidious and very real threat that threads extremist and terrorist organizations together all around the world. Elisa offers her insights into the inner workings of the Heritage Front and how this CSIS funded domestic terrorist organization was connected to a global network of anti-Semitism.

Conclusion

The white supremacist narrative at its core is anti-Semitic and is built upon a legacy of racist stereotypes that blame Jews for the problems of the world. Scapegoats are necessary because the ideology of the extreme right wing is built upon deception and coercive information that does not withstand the application of progressive critical lenses. The archaic racist science and ideological lineage of the far right wing doctrine is reinforced by contemporary mainstream belief structures. This can be seen throughout Canadian history and the foundations of the Canadian government. Canada has a long historical function of applying racist social policy, which is still a contemporary mainstay, and relationships with what are now referred to as extremist right wing groups.

Elisa Hategan’s book Race Traitor: The True Story of Canadian Intelligence Service’s Greatest Cover-Up offers an invaluable perspective that does effectively counter all of the hate she previously promoted.

Elisa Hategan

Tangled in Hair

This poem was not previously published. This blog article is written intentionally with poor grammar and references.

As I return to the city I was homeless in, where we filmed the documentary piece for Global’s 16×9 Brotherhood of Hate.

I am reminded of where I have been, what I have seen, and what I have done in the past.

I remember the security I felt in a Scarved Embrace when recalling the realities of God is Dead. I recall that my Letter to Matthew was inspired by the same aspect of myself that allowed my Mirrored Child to come forth. As I step forth in this city I am Bleeding Tears Pores Sting thick while battling the truth about how Gossip is Personal. Blue Life brings me to My Daughter Loves to Joke in a way that makes Totalitarians Scurry. I have Prism Tears remembering She Danced with Ancients Fade.

She was As Real As I, but she stays clad in the Iron Forest where she recalls that the Minus the One on a Cryptic Night. I am left fraught with What to do with a small fox who carries an albatross. i hope to tear down Cold Brick Walls, which cannot be achieved without Existential Liberation from Emotional Rape. I feel Stiff as the Beat and Rape and Pound sows Rape’s Seed deep in my work, as Await(s), Shethe Bee.

My heart is heavy and my hair is tangled. 

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A Public Reference: Links to media interviews with Daniel Gallant

This is a list of articles and profiles for public reference.

TV/Video Links:

2013

Global National, 16×9, Feb. 2013

Brotherhood of Hate Online Story

Brotherhood of Hate Show (16×9)

Behind the Story Interview with Krysia Collier (Producer) 

 

Newspaper Links

2006

Edmonton Journal, January 6 2006

Ex-skinhead seeks path of redemption

by Graham Andrews

 

2011

Prince George Citizen, Feb. 9 2011

Are Prince George white supremacists gaining momentum?

by Frank Peebles

 

Prince George Citizen, Letter to the Editor, Feb. 11 2011

Many kinds of metal in the mix

by Sam Wright

 

Prince George Citizen, Letter to the Editor, Feb. 18 2011

Don’t disparage black metal scene 

by Leah Coghlan

 

Prince George Citizen, March 9 2011

Sharpeville remembered in P.G.

by Frank Peebles

 

Prince George Citizen, March 20 2011

The Powar of Love

by Frank Peebles

 

Prince George Citizen, March 21 2011

Anti-racists march on Monday

by Arthur Williams

 

Free Press, March 22 2011

Rally held to end racism

by Joe Fries

 

Prince George Citizen, March 22 2011

Bigotry still thrives, gathering told

by Frank Peebles

 

2012

Prince George Citizen, June 27 2012

An education in the extreme: Daniel Gallant turns to learning as he moves from white supremacist to anti-racism crusader

by Ted Clarke

 

2013

Windspeaker, V. 31 Issue 33, 2013

Reformed neo-nazi skinhead UNBC masters student calls residential school system institutional white supremacy

by Deborah Steel

 

Prince George Citizen, May 16 2013

Former skinhead speaks out against residential schools

by Frank Peebles

 

Prince George Citizen, May 31 2013

What’s Happening Prince George

by Citizen Staff

 

Prince George Citizen, June 5 2013

What Chances did the farmers have if the Axis powers lost?

by Frank Peebles

 

Outwords: queer views, news, issues, July 2013

Turning hate into advocacy

by Danielle Cloutier

 

Prince George Citizen, Nov. 4 2013

Former extremist brings anti-racism message to NY

by Frank Peebles

 

2014

Prince George Citizen, May 23 2014

What Happening

by Citizen Staff

 

Magazines

2013

Thompson Rivers University: Paper Trails Magazine, On campus racism and vandalism, 2013

by Nigel

2014

Decibel Magazine Blog, May 5 2014

Ex-Skinhead: “This was never just about Inquisition”

by Justin M. Norton

 

Decibel Magazine (In-Print), July 2013 Issue #113

Interview with Daniel Gallant

by Justin M. Norton

 

Newsletters

AVE [Against Violent Extremism], Feb. 2013

Video Corner

 

 

University of Norther British Columbia, First Nations Studies Newsletter, Fall 2013

FNST Graduate Invited to Speak at Google Ideas Summit

First Nations Newsletter

 

AVE [Against Violent Extremism], May 28 2014

Formers & Survivors take centre stage in Far Right workshop

 

 

Radio:

2004: CBC Radio: Edmonton: White Supremacist Bombings

2010: CBC Radio: Edmonton: Hate Group Activity

2011: CBC Radio: Edmonton: Recent Hate Crimes

2011: CBC Radio: Calgary: Recent Hate Crimes

2012: CBC Radio: Prince George: Healing from Hate through Writing

 

Blog Articles:

Feminist Blogger

 

Daniel and Inquisition:

Shamelessnavelgazing Blog article: Inquisitions and black metal’s fascism problem

 

http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/rumors/black-metal-band-inquisition-are-probably-nazis

 

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/inquisition-frontman-dagon-im-not-a-nazi/

 

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/05/black_metal_ban.html

 

http://www.metalinsider.net/updates/inquisition-frontman-im-not-a-nazi

 

http://shamelessnavelgazing.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/inquisition-and-black-metals-fascism-problem-clarification-and-follow-up/

 

http://www.metalsucks.net/2014/05/02/analysis-inquisitions-weak-denial/

 

http://www.metalinjection.net/editorials/so-inquisition-arent-nazis-i-dont-know-who-cares#comments

 

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/ex-skinhead-this-was-never-just-about-inquisition/

 

http://www.metalsucks.net/2014/05/05/inquisitionwhite-supremacy-controversy-continues/

 

http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/drama/ex-skinhead-who-labeled-inquisition-as-white-supremacists-speaks-out

 

http://www.nocleansinging.com/2014/05/06/the-inquisition-inquisition/

Brotherhood of Hate (Behind the Scenes)

16×9 interviews Krysia Collyer (Producer of 16×9) about behind the scenes interview for the Brotherhood of Hate and Daniel Gallant.