Friday, February 19, 2016

Is the H.L. Mencken Club an Extremist Hate Group, or Just a Bunch of Weary Old White Guys?

(The Village Voice)

Most people would be offended if you called them a white nationalist or a leading racist, but Paul Gottfried doesn't mind. Really.
"I couldn't care less," he says.

At 71, Gottfried, white-bearded and thin of hair, is a retired humanities professor from Pennsylvania's Elizabethtown College and an occasional columnist for a slew of rightwing outlets like The American Conservative. He's also the founder of the H.L. Mencken Club, a group that calls itself "an organization for independent-minded intellectuals and academics of the Right."

The Southern Poverty Law Center callsit something else entirely. On the group's annual "Hate Map," the Mencken Club is depicted as a white nationalist organization based in Brooklyn, one of 38 hate groups active in New York state.

"They are essentially advocating for a country which is either completely inhabited by whites or dominated by whites," says Mark Potok, a senior researcher at the SPLC. "They are, in effect, a kinder, gentler Klan."

In truth, there might be better adjectives to describe the Mencken Club: Archaic. Dusty. Overwhelmingly geriatric.

Read the full article HERE.