In this Aug. 26, 2013, photo Craig Cobb sits on a picnic bench in and undeveloped park in Leith, N.D., where he would someday like to hold a white power music festival. Cobb, 61, a self-described white supremacist, has purchased about a dozen lots in Leith and over the past year he has invited fellow white supremacists to move there and help him to transform the town of 16 people into a white enclave. No one has come, but the community is mobilizing to fight out of fear that Cobb could succeed, and the mayor has vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure Cobb�s dream remains just that.
Kevin Cederstrom, Associated Press - Ap
A welcome sign in Leith, N.D., Aug. 27, 2013. Paul Craig Cobb, a newcomer to Leith, which has a population of about 20 people, has been buying up property in an attempt to transform the town into a colony for white supremacists.
Jenn Ackerman, Nyt - Nyt
Supremacists travel to N.D. town today to back man's dream of white enclave
- Article by: ASSOCIATED PRESS
- September 22, 2013 - 11:57 PM
LEITH, N.D. — Members of a white supremacist group plan to visit the small North Dakota town of Leith in support of a man who’s been buying up property there in hopes of developing a white enclave.
The National Socialist Movement planned a town hall meeting Sunday afternoon. Leader Jeff Schoep says in a statement that the trip is “a gesture of goodwill, as we plant the seeds of national socialism in North Dakota.” He says the group wants to support Craig Cobb and ensure Cobb isn’t driven out of the community.
There are plenty of people who dislike the white supremacists’ plans -- and not just people who live in Leith. A group called UnityND plans to form a caravan in Bismarck and drive down to Leith to protest Schoep’s group.
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