Racial Group’s Site Sees Growth

Stephanie Toone, Augusta Chronicle, March 7, 2009

An Augusta-based Web site that promotes white supremacy, and is run by an organization considered to be a hate group by a national organization that tracks such sets, has seen an increase in traffic since the election of America’s first black president.

Louis Andrews, president of the National Policy Institute, a “pro-white” Web site where individuals can purchase reading materials on the costliness of diversity and on the intelligence levels of blacks and whites, said his site has had a 20 percent increase in traffic over the past few months.

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National Policy Institute is one of three local organizations that the Southern Poverty Law Center labels as a hate group promoting racial supremacy, said Heidi Beirich, a spokeswoman for the law center.

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Concerns about immigration and the flagging economy have influenced interest in these organizations, Ms. Beirich said.

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Two other local organizations, the New Black Panthers Party and the League of the South, are also listed as hate groups by the law center.

Bobby Price, chairman of Augusta’s New Black Panthers Party, said the black nationalist organization formed in 1998 as a response to hate groups. He said the group, which opened an Augusta chapter in 2002, has not seen much growth because of the moderate views of most blacks.

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The League of the South promotes states’ rights and Anglo-Celtic culture in the South, said Ray McBerry, chairman of the Georgia chapter. Membership has grown over the past several months, but it has little to do with the president, he said.

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The law center has not received any reports of violence from these organizations.

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