White supremacist trying to take over NoDak town, moves in next to county's only black guy [VIDEO]

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Craig Cobb, to WDAY: "People's comfort level is best when they are amongst their own."
Talk about awkward -- in tiny Leith, North Dakota, one of the most outspoken white supremacists you'll ever see lives next to the county's only black guy.

Craig Cobb recently moved into an $8,600 house with no septic tank or running water in Leith, which has a population of about 20 people. Cobb's plan, ultimately, is to turn the town into a "White Nationalist Community," and in an interview with WDAY, he bashed Jews, Christianity, and characterized the term "hate crime" as "a Jewish term for Affirmative Action by white men."

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Asked if he admires Hitler, Cobb said, "I do. Yes, I do."

As a New York Times report details, Cobb's move wasn't the first step in his plan to make the town a mecca of white power:
In the past two years, Mr. Cobb, a longtime proselytizer for white supremacy who is wanted in Canada on charges of promoting hatred, has bought a dozen plots of land in Leith (pronounced Leeth) and has sold or transferred ownership of some of them to a couple of like-minded white nationalists.

He is using Craigslist and white power message boards to entice others in the movement to take refuge in Leith, about two hours southwest of Bismarck. On one board, he detailed his vision for the community -- an enclave where residents fly "racialist" banners, where they are able to import enough "responsible hard core" white nationalists to take control of the town government, where "leftist journalists or antis" who "come and try to make trouble" will face arrest.
But it just so happens that one of Cobb's next door neighbors is the only known black person in Grant County.

Not only is Bobby Harper the only black guy in the area, but he's also on the Leith City Council.

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Bobby Harper (right) and his wife, Sherrill.

Harper's wife, Sherrill, also serves on the council. Since she's white, one of Cobb's online posts referred to her as a "filthy race-mixing white woman." She told the NYT she and Bobby don't plan to go anywhere.

Cobb, for what it's worth, told WDAY he thinks it's "wonderful" Bobby is his neighbor.

The Leith City Council has no plans to let Cobb follow through on his plan establish a "White Nationalist Community." If all else fails, the NYT reports that the "doomsday plan" involves the City Council immediately dissolving the town if enough white supremacists move in to take control of the government.

And in the meantime, being outed as a racist has already had negative consequences for Cobb -- he lost his construction job after news of his goals and identity went public last week.

If you'd like to watch WDAY's TV report about Paul Cobb, click to page two.



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20 comments
_Joe_
_Joe_

1.  Reveal my super secret ingenious plan to those who have the means to easily stop me.

2.  Not have any means or details to follow through on...

3.  ???

4.  Profit!

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Hate to say it, but support of "white power" organizations will probably only grow as the fight for equality (rightful) is achieved through biased and hypocritical means like affirmative action. I was told when I applied for college at U of Michigan that I would need 200 more points on my SAT because I was white. That's literally what the admissions officer said. So, that's equality? I was under the impression equality meant equal....not 200 points less. And this was a state school. 

With that said, every race has racists...but live with love not hate. Who cares about your race. It should be irrelevant if we want true equality. I am sick of checking boxes on applications that segregate populations. 

heysailer
heysailer

I've heard Canada is wonderful in the fall.

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson

If he was black trying to set up a Black Community no one would question it.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I've never been sure what the hell guys like this Paul Cobb are talking about.  I'm a middle class white guy; grew up in farm country but now I live in the city.  Yes, I feel more comfortable living among people more like me than not.

For that very reason, I'd a zillion times rather have Bobby and Sherrill Harper as my neighbors than this freak Cobb.  I don't have anything in common with a guy like that.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Ever notice white supremacists are their own worst argument?

Jody Virnig
Jody Virnig

Maybe Frackin in North Dakota is a good thang?

Jason Ehlers
Jason Ehlers

because north dakota isn't white enough?

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

When you think about it the NAACP does the same thing...

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

Get the fuck outta here. The only place he's wanted is on an fbi poster.

kaimana1982
kaimana1982

@Angela Robinson completely ingnorant of any facts or logical discourse. Angela, go sit down

dr.quinn
dr.quinn

@Angela Robinson What?..... I'm dumbfounded.


HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@Angela Robinson Angela...Angela...Angela...what is the point of your comment?

HyperboleJoe
HyperboleJoe

@Kent Erickson Wow. Now that you say that I just realized I had never thought about it. I'm dumbfounded. It turns out I've never thought a day in my life! Thank you for opening my eyes Kent. You wizened old owl you. Any interesting tidbits about the Anti-Defamation League you might want to share as well?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Kent Erickson Only if you have a very stupid racist brain. 

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