Posted on May 27, 2005

Whites-Only Group Looking To Recruit Members

WOODTV (Grand Rapids), May 26

It’s a new group looking to recruit new members, and it has just one requirement. You have to be white. The group goes by the name White Voices of America, a whites-only group calling for fair and equal treatment of white people in West Michigan.

Members of White Voices of America say they don’t shave their heads or wear white hoods, but they do believe in rights for whites. The group claims to be neither racist or radical, telling people they’re just interested in helping with the problems facing white America. White Voices of America says its mission is not to separate and alienate the races, but it says someone has to look out for the interest of whites just as the NAACP does for blacks.

The group has been busy passing out flyers in Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and Grand Haven. The flyers surfaced last week. The title caught eyes and turned heads. There it was in black and white: White Voices of America, a group calling for a whites-only family picnic and political discussion.

While the group is working hard to recruit new members, others are plotting ways to counter the group’s message. Joel Toppen is with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance. Since coming across the flyers, he’s been busy contacting educators, city leaders, churches, and business owners to come up with a way to drown out the whites-only voice and message.