Neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Telegram, Parler, and 4chan are discussing obtaining territory to establish a white ethno-state in parts of America. This concept first gained prominence in the 1970s when Richard Butler formed the Aryan Nations and created a compound in Hayden, Idaho that drew white supremacists from across the country. He and other white supremacist leaders promoted the concept of the Northwest Territorial Imperative, a plan for neo-Nazis to relocate to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana and eventually declare a state whose citizenship is limited to whites only. Advocates continue to promote this concept, as well as similar plans to create a whites-only territory in other parts of the country including Maine, West Virginia, and the Ozarks. Just this week it was reported that Justin Watkins, who was arrested in October 2020, had reportedly planned a "fortified" white nationalist compound in northern Michigan.
This report will review posts taken from Telegram, 4Chan, and Parler to establish a white ethno-state in parts of America.
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On several Telegram channels white supremacists are discussing the need for a "white homeland." A well-known neo-Nazi leader on Telegram frequently argues that white supremacists should seize land in the United States and begin to form their own state.
Some white supremacists have worked to provide information on how fellow extremists can work on obtaining property in the eventual hope of creating a separate white nation. One Telegram channel is dedicated to this kind of content and wrote on January 17 that its mission was to get a set number of "Aryan" men to start their own families in 2021.
On January 22, a channel made a long post explaining the factors that readers should consider when deciding to relocate.
A neo-Nazi group based in the southwest United States advocates for transforming North America into a whites-only state. On its website, the group lays out its ideology and goals.
In a January 30, 2020 article another neo-Nazi figure went over several steps for white nationalists to consider in planning their move. These steps include determining the proper location, obtaining funding, and networking in the new location. The figure listed the Ozarks, Appalachia, New England, the Northwest, and the Midwest as possible locations to which to move.
The Pacific Northwest has remained a favorite location for a proposed ethno-state for white nationalists because of its low percentage of minorities, remoteness, access to Canada, and its history of white supremacist activity. A Telegram channel was formed on December 23 to advocate for the creation of a white homeland in the Pacific Northwest. That same day, four graphics were posted focusing on the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. The graphics give information on the demographics, politics, and economy of the state along with suggestions as to which areas white supremacists should move.