White nationalist stickers posted on Madison County Museum

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Posted 10/6/20

Stickers representing an organization called “Patriot Front”, which is defined as a white nationalist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were found on the door of the Madison County Museum as well as on the window and the outside light poles last week, according to museum personnel.

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White nationalist stickers posted on Madison County Museum

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Stickers representing an organization called “Patriot Front”, which is defined as a white nationalist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, were found on the door of the Madison County Museum as well as on the window and the outside light poles last week, according to museum personnel.

There were no other similar stickers reported elsewhere in town.

“Most people say there is nobody around here like that,” said Laura Cannon, co-curator of the museum and the first to discover the stickers. “I thought they were just walking along and sticking them everywhere, but I don’t know that there have been any more. Which kind of bothers me, because I feel like it may have been directed at me. Surely not, but if there is any Democrat in town they will name me in the first five.”

Over the past month, other towns around the country, including Greenwich, Conn. and Eagle Lake, Fla. have seen similar stickers on signs and lightpoles. They’ve also shown up on some college campuses like Miami (Ohio) University. In Harrisburg, Penn., a Patriot Front logo was spraypainted on top of a Black Lives Matter mural.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Patriot Front is a white supremacist group whose members maintain that their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it to them alone. They define themselves as American fascists or American nationalists who are focused on preserving America’s identity as a European-American identity. It split from Neo-Nazi group Vanguard America in August 2017 and is led by 21-year-old Thomas Ryan Rousseau of Fort Worth.

Rousseau and two other men were arrested earlier this month in Weatherford for putting Patriot Front stickers on Parker County property.

The group’s manifesto includes the following excerpt regarding Black people in America:

“An African, for example, may have lived, worked, and even been classified as a citizen in America for centuries, yet he is not American. He is, as he likely prefers to be labeled, an African in America. The same rule applies to others who are not of the founding stock of our people as well as to those who do not share the common unconscious that permeates throughout our greater civilization, and the European diaspora.”

The organization broke apart from Vanguard America, which the SPLC also classifies as a neo-Nazi group, after the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

“It is going to create unnecessary racial tension,” said April Ford, who helped organization a city-backed peaceful walk from the courthouse to the Juneteenth Center in May. “That is not the direction this town needs to go. For the most part, everyone in the town gets along and we haven't experienced any racial tension for as long as I can remember. But those acts are just setting us back 10 steps.”

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