(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.
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.
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