Black ac­tivist now in con­trol of neo-Nazi group

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World - As­so­ci­ated Press

A black ac­tivist said he has taken the helm of what has been billed as one of the na­tion’s largest neo-Nazi groups to put it out of busi­ness.

Cor­po­rate records show James Stern of Moreno Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, is now pres­i­dent of the Na­tional So­cial­ist Move­ment. He re­places pre­vi­ous long­time leader Jeff Schoep.

In an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day, Stern said he con­vinced Schoep trans­fer the or­ga­ni­za­tion to him when Schoep said he planned to dis­band it.

“The Na­tional So­cial­ist Move­ment put a poi­son pill into the truth of his­tory. I think we can put the an­ti­dote to make sure that we cor­rect some of those wrongs,” Stern said.

Stern said he prefers to con­trol the group and neuter it rather than see it dis­band and re­con­sti­tute in the shad­ows.

Schoep’s res­ig­na­tion comes as he and the Na­tional So­cial­ist Move­ment are among a slew of de­fen­dants in a civil law­suit filed by sur­vivors of a vi­o­lent 2017 white na­tion­al­ist rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. Plain­tiffs in that case re­cently filed a mo­tion ac­cus­ing Schoep of do­ing ev­ery­thing he could to cause pro­ce­dural de­lays and duck ac­count­abil­ity for his con­duct.

James Stern

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