UPDATE: This story ended on a much happier note than I thought. It turns out that Gabe is just older and more experienced and is living the good life. He has seen all the flaws of the movement up close and personal. He hasn’t thrown the baby out with the bathwater though.
There are “deracialization” grifters out there like Christian Picciolini who exploit those flaws and the disillusionment that we all experience at some point in order to sell people on an even more absurd progressive worldview. You can love your race and culture and live a happy and productive life without becoming so obsessed with race that you overlook things like morality and character.
Editor’s Note: You can watch this full episode of “Breaking Hate” with Gabe from TWP for free on Peacock. You have to create an account though.
I never got to know Gabe from TWP.
When I write about the ghetto or cul-de-sac of White Nationalism, I am thinking of people like Gabe. It is a sealed off subculture of people who are alienated and cut off from mainstream society.
Gabe was straight out of wignat central casting. He was adorned with tattoos of SS bolts, Nordic runes, a Thor’s hammer on his neck and a razor which went down his chin. He had a shaved head. He was dressed in black. He had a TWP shield and was ready to follow Commander Matt Heimbach into battle.
I first met Gabe from TWP when he stepped out of Heimbach’s van in Auburn, AL. I had known Heimbach for four years when he showed up in my neck of the woods to attend Richard Spencer’s speaking event at Auburn University in April 2017. Auburn was the second stop on the Spencer tour.
I didn’t say anything like … WTF is going on here?
WTF HAVE YOU DONE TO YOUR FACE MAN? SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY.
I was definitely thinking it at the time though. I am from the area and Auburn is the closest thing that I have to a second hometown. It would be a severe understatement to say that Gabe was a fish out of water on the Auburn campus. It didn’t have anything to do with his racial views. It was the cultural disconnect. No one would look at someone like me in Auburn and think I am out of place. Gabe, however, had dwelled for some length with the Hammerskins deep in the bowels of the White Nationalist movement.
I’m not engaging in optics cucking here. You can’t always judge a book by its cover. The optics in Gabe’s case are highly misleading. Gabe didn’t strike me in Auburn as being anything at all like he appeared to be. He didn’t rant and rave about how he wanted gas the kikes and crack nigger skulls. He didn’t come across as a buffoon or loudmouth like Kenny Parker. Instead, Gabe came across as a shy, depressed, reserved and sensitive guy who sat around all night moping about his girlfriend.
I saw him again a few weeks later in Pikeville.
He is the big dude on the right of Heimbach with the TWP shield. Gabe was a soldier on the front line of the race war facing off against the horde of Antifa across the street who were 100% White.
Gabe was also with TWP in Charlottesville and marched with the Nationalist Front in the column into Lee Park. Unite the Right was so chaotic though that I don’t remember seeing him there.
A year later, I next saw Gabe on MSNBC in the premiere episode of Christian Picciolini’s series “Breaking Hate.” Gabe left TWP and the White Nationalist movement and went back to Charlottesville with Picciolini where he met with Heather Heyer’s mother Susan Bro. They paid for him to have all of those weird tattoos covered up or removed for he could move on with his life outside of the WN ghetto.
Have you ever wondered what causes this? Why do people like Gabe or Kenny Parker who may have once been normal White Americans transmogrify into cartoon characters through contact with the White Nationalist movement? What possessed Gabe to get the SS bolts on his face? Why was Kenny Parker out there blowing a horn with Jeff Schoep and an undercover cop pretending to be a pagan wizard in front a flaming swastika in rural Georgia? Why does it continue to happen generation after generation?
Anyway, I marched through Charlottesville with Jeff Schoep, Kenny and Gabe, but here we are five years later and we have parted ways and our lives have gone in different directions. I find this to be true of a lot of people who were at Unite the Right in Charlottesville. Many of them weren’t stable. They didn’t have their heads screwed on straight. We barely knew them in that volatile situation. That’s assuming we knew them at all which in the notable case of James Fields, Jr. we didn’t.
This is one reason why I don’t recommend jumping on bandwagons and wearing labels and brands and getting sucked into poisonous subcultures and cults of personality. You never know if the guy marching beside you will be on MSNBC with Christian Picciolini a year later. You don’t know if the leader of the whole cult will become indistinguishable from Rachel Maddow in the span of five years.
BTW, this never happened to me during my time in the White Nationalist movement. I never transformed from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde like Gabe and Christian Picciolini. I never mutated into something unrecognizable, but this does happen with some people in the subculture. In his words, Gabe became this “thuggish skinhead Nazi guy” only to later regret that phase of his life.
- The spontaneous human swastika in Shelbyville
- Kenny ineptly trying to raise the flaming swastika in Georgia while a black filmmaker laughed at him
- Gabe covering his face in SS bolts and his chest in swastikas
WHY does this happen?
What’s the connection and the allure of this stuff?
White Nationalism and the Alt-Right were shot through with it.