In response to the bizarre rise of a white supremacist group that’s been buying up local property for over a year, a council member for the community of Leith, North Dakota has set up a legal defense fund to combat the group’s intended takeover.
According to a report from The Bismarck Tribune, councilman Lee Cook say he has not received any support from the county or state officials in his efforts to block Craig Cobb, a 61 year-old white supremacist with plans to create a whites-only community.
Cobb is apparently wanted in Canada for “hate crimes” after he was charged in 2010 for distributing hate literature online while in Vancouver.
Records show that Cobb has transferred ownership of two of the 13 pieces of property he’s bought to two well-known white supremacist figures: Tom Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance and Alex Linder, founder of the Vanguard News Network, a white supremacist website.
In a quote from the Associated Press, Cobb said that he’d like to build a park and maybe even a swimming pool to honor various white supremacist activists and figureheads. “They would have to be approved by the town council, of course,” Cobb said.
Cook said that the town has felt alone and vulnerable ever since Cobb began buying up the property. “We need people from across the state to come alongside of us and show support that they don’t believe that in what this guy is doing,” Cook said. “There are a lot of people who could speak up. It’s not tricky. Silence, to me, means that whatever he’s doing is OK.”
Cook said that all money donated to the legal defense fund will go towards the town’s attorney fees. According to Cook, Cobb is already threatening lawsuits, not with the intention of winning, but “in order to bleed us dry.”
If you want to donate to the defense fund set up to combat white supremacists in the town of Leith, you can send it to City of Leith Legal Defense Fund, Grant County State Bank, 202 N. Main St., Carson N.D. 58529.
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