UPDATE: To my surprise, this story also ended on a happier note than I originally thought. I apologize to Ken for the harsh tone of the article. It was too meanspirited and detracted from the point which I was trying to make which was how contact with the White Nationalist movement can twist some people into shapes which they later come to regret and feel the need to move on from. Ken was going through a phase in his life. He has embraced Christianity and has become a better person for it.
Ken Parker shows me his KKK robe. A former neo-Nazi who went to Charlottesville last year, he’s now on a journey *out* of the white supremacist movement — one he says is sparking a new generation of hate. Just 12 months later, he’s getting help from a surprising place. @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/7oZ5pThGGz— Morgan Radford (@MorganRadford) August 8, 2018
Do you have any regrets in life?
I have some regrets which I don’t like to talk much about.
I have some stories which I will one day share with my grandchildren like the time I drove to Virginia to march through Charlottesville with assclowns like Jeff Schoep and Kenny Parker.
To be crystal clear, I have no regrets about our cause. I loved the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments in Charlottesville. I used to admire their beauty when I lived in Virginia in 2010. I stopped with my wife after Trump’s inauguration in 2017 to take pictures with them. I love the Old South and its culture and the Confederacy and loathe the people who came out to protest us and later tore those monuments down. I haven’t changed my view that those people are the scum of the earth.
It’s just that … we didn’t really know a lot of the people we were getting mixed up with at Unite the Right. Insofar as we did know them, there were a lot of things there that we blinded ourselves to like the fact that it was always a terrible idea to “unite” with their ilk and that we were damaging ourselves by doing so. There was Kenny Parker, for example, an NSM member and Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan in Florida. He was one of the biggest assclowns that I met during our series of rallies in 2017.
I remember when we were introduced at our previous event in New Orleans. We had gone to New Orleans to protest the removal of the Confederate monuments too. I was standing outside of my hotel room, drinking a beer and recording a Periscope video when Kenny Parker approached us, removed his shirt and proceeded to proudly show off his American History X swastika tattoo on his chest.
Kenny later went on to make a complete fool himself in this VICE documentary before renouncing White Nationalism with Jeff Schoep who is now involved in some deradicalization grift.
Do you see the wizard in the video?
That’s an individual we used to know as Max Murphy. I’ve met him.
Years ago, he tried to infiltrate the League of the South. He befriended one of our most outspoken pagan White Nationalist members. They became besties. He presided over the pagan ceremony in which he got married. We later found out he was working for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
I’m really not a bigot. The truth is that I am too openminded for my own good. These people who I really didn’t know at all advertised themselves as being pro-White and that was good enough. Sure, they weren’t my cup of tea, but I wasn’t going to be an optics cuck. I bought into the idea that we should join forces with these people. We should all unite in solidarity in order to save the White race or something with Kenny Parker and Jeff Schoep. Unfortunately, the cause of the White race would have been a lot better served by exercising greater discernment and staying the f*** away from these people.
Kenny taught me an important lesson about White Nationalist activism. There are some people in life who just want to show their ass to the world on camera and it is best to stay as far away from them as possible. They don’t really have a cause beyond seeking attention and expressing themselves.
Suppose that it had never occurred to us to “unite” with these people and that we had stuck to our little Southern culture rallies and secession. Where would we be today in 2022? Would we have built up more or less support now that everything we were talking about has gone mainstream?
I’m sorry, but simply being White isn’t good enough. It’s a plus, but it is not everything. Culture matters. Morality matters. Character matters. Your values and beliefs matter. The way you conduct yourself in public matters. It matters whether you have honorable intentions and motivations.
Kenny seems like a better person these days. Choosing to parade around with him through the streets in a distant state in this phase of his life isn’t a decision that has aged well though. As with what happened in Shelbyville, there is no denying that this is a strand of cultural DNA that runs deep through the White Nationalist movement. It continues to resurface no matter how hard you try to keep it offstage.
I don’t get it … the sheer weirdness of it. I never really got that far away from my own culture. These people blasted off into orbit and left earth behind for their fantasy world.
Note: I’m pro-White.
I don’t need to wear a brand or a label though to be pro-White. I don’t need to march through the streets with Kenny & Co. I don’t need to ignore their obvious shortcomings. I never needed them.