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'Leo Felton' -- A Mixed-Race Racist / Racial Supremacist

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    Leo Felton Leo Vincelette Felton (born in 1970 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage -- and who also
    Message 1 of 9 , Dec 10, 2006

      Leo Felton


      Leo Vincelette Felton
      (born in 1970 in Silver Spring , Maryland )
      is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage
      -- and who also happens to be a White supremacist as well.

       

      Felton was convicted of bank robbery and of also
      plotting to blow up both the "black" and Jewish
      landmarks throughout Boston , Massachusetts .

      The Early Years

      Leo's father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), is a Mixed-Race
      man whose origins are 1/2-Black and 1/2-White,
      while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931),
      is a former nun is actually of Jewish descent.

      When Leo was two years old, his mother suddenly
      announced herself to be a lesbian; divorced his father; 
      started a new life with another Jewish woman; used
      her personal connections to take custody of Leo; and
      then decided to raise him in an all-White suburb ---
      along with her new partner's two all-White children.

      When he was 9 years old, his mother decided that she also
      wanted to now have him institutionalize (a decision that
      both he and his father agree that this was unnecessary)
      and he was sent to the
      Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

      According to a psychologist's report prepared before
      his sentencing, Felton now sees himself as
      "his mother's `social experiment' -- a physical
      manifestation of ''her ... views about race in society".

      The story of Felton's institutionalization,
      as described in the court psychologist's
      report, is a disturbing one.

      He spent most of the next four years in
      various hospitals and residential homes.
      According to Leo, after a few months, each
      institution tried to discharge him, but each
      time his mother was able to convince the
      people in charge that Leo "needed" to stay
      --- [even] over the objections of his father.

       
      (Leo Felton's Father, Calvin, who has one White parent and one Black parent
      -- protested against Felton's mother's constant institutionalizing of his son.)


      When state school administrators concluded
      that Felton did not need further residential
      treatment, his mother hired an attorney,
      sued and got the decision reversed.

      Though Felton and his father say he did not have any
      serious psychological problems before he went into
      these institutions, by the time he came out, at the
      age of 14, he was angry, confused and antisocial.

      He "felt marginalized,'' he says.

      ''My whole world prior to prison was White,''.
      ''My experience was nothing `Mixed' or
      "black" or `Multicultural' … Ever!''

      There
      after he committed a series of petty thefts
      which "he" has attributed to a combination of his
      institutionalization --- along with his new-found
      belief that his body contained some varying
      degrees of "aggressive Black-"Racial" DNA".

      The Prison Years

      He was imprisoned between 1990 and 2001
      for the assault against / attempted murder
      of a cab driver during a road rage incident.

      While incarcerated Felton began to observe how
      different "races" reacted when societal stigmas
      over racism were not in action to civilize conduct.

      He claims that the Whites in prison were under a
      continual state of siege by the `non-White' "races". 

      In prison he became an organizer for White supremacist
      day groups, organizing book reviews and exercise while
      [clearly] obscuring the fact of his Mixed-Race ancestry.

      Felton's transformation -- what he called ''the circuitous-
      route I took to becoming 'White,' in quotation marks''
      -- started, he said, as soon as he arrived in prison.


      He spent the first two years of his sentence in New York
      City , first in the Brooklyn Correctional Facility
      and then on Riker's Island .

      Descent into Racial Supremacy

      What he encountered in prison was a prison culture that
      was violent and frightening and racially-segregated.

      Whites were in the minority and felt threatened.
      "There was definitely a siege mentality among Whites.''

      Felton began to extrapolate from the black prisoners
      around him to "Black culture" at large.
      What he was seeing on Riker's Island, he
      decided, was "the true face of Black" …

      He stopped telling people about his half-Black
      father, and he found that his fellow inmates
      just assumed he was a mono-racial 'White'.

      He belonged, he decided, on the
      White side of the prison's color-divide.


      While he was in prison, he said,
      ''the idea of "White culture"
      became symbolic to me.
      I mythologized it.''


      ''The only people that I had anything in common
      with all happened to be White,'' he said. '
      'We were surrounded on all sides
      by `an antagonistic alien presence'.
      We stuck together.''


      Looking back on the teasing he'd received as a child,
      he found himself taking the side of his tormentors.

      He stopped blaming the racists who
      had antagonized him in his youth.

      Instead, he blamed his parents …
      f
      or "transgressing against
      the laws of nature"


      It was easy for Felton to convince himself that
      his evolving racist beliefs were innate and
      instinctive, even fundamentally human.

      But that didn't satisfy him.

      Despite the fact that he never graduated from high school,
      Felton is in many ways an intellectual, and he wanted to
      be able to intellectualize his own racial anxiety, to find a
      coherent philosophy that could let him understand his own
      place in the divided racial world that he saw around him.

      He is a man who likes arguments and diatribes
      and doesn't like being wrong, and he wanted
      to be able "to build an airtight case", with
      citations and footnotes, for his racist beliefs.

      Felton began reading pamphlets and magazines
      distributed by contemporary American fascist
      groups, and he read the writings of Adolf
      Hitler and various Nazi ideologues.

      But he couldn't escape one crucial
      fact in those racist doctrines: ---
      race, for them, was "a biological fact".

      Felton, to those writers, and to most of the racists with
      whom he had begun to correspond and associate, was
      indisputably [both viewed and also categorized as
      being] "black" (whatever his appearance) and thus
      part of an "inferior race", someone to be shunned.





      It was a situation that seemed to Felton not so
      much ontologically `wrong' as simply "unfair".

      ''I had an investment in these ideas that
      most people in `the movement' didn't have,''
      he said, ''despite their blond hair and blue eyes.''





      Then in 1995 he discovered a book that
      offered him `a way out': ''Imperium,''
      a strange work of philosophy and "occult religion"
      written just after World War II by an American
      fascist named Francis Parker Yockey.

      ''The main thing to understand in Yockey's idea of race,''
      Felton explained …, ''is that he considered it to have its
      center-of-gravity "in the spirit" rather than "in biology"."

      He considered the National Socialist''
      -- or Nazi -- ''concept of race to be a
      product of 19th-century materialism.''

      The quote from ''Imperium'' that Felton
      was most eager to draw to … was …:
      ''Race is, in the first instance, what a man feels.''

      According to ''Imperium,'' the world was on the cusp
      of the ''greatest of all battles in 5,000 years of history.''

      The ''historical Mission '' at hand was ''the saving
      of the Western Civilization from decadence
      within and from the barbarian without.''

      And who would take part in this crusade?

      Not just biologically White men, Yockey wrote, but
      ''any man who shares the feeling of this Mission ,
      and any group which shares it, regardless
      of the derivation of the man or group.''

      For Felton, in his prison cell,
      this idea changed everything.

      Race was a choice;
      it was what a man feels,
      and Felton knew he felt White.

      By defending "White culture", he would literally become
      [the racist definition of being mono-racially] White
      -- as "pure" as anyone else who shared the same beliefs.


      It was a solution, but not a completely satisfactory one.


      Very few in the movement, Felton knew, had ever
      read Yockey, and most of them weren't likely to
      adopt Yockey's "spiritual definition" of "race"
      even if they did make it through his dense prose.


      This meant that Felton was going to have to keep lying.


      As he recalled …, ''The pervasive racial
      materialism in `the movement' would
      require me to give only half-of-the-truth
      to my comrades as to my own racial-biology,
      but I felt that `in the wider sweep
      of things' this would not matter.''

      It wouldn't matter, he thought, because of his
      intense level of commitment to `the cause' ...


      ''Under such circumstances I saw
      nothing immoral in my `withholding
      of part of my genealogy from them."


      Felton's deception worked.


      Not only was he accepted as White;
      other White prisoners also began
      to turn to him for "racial"-instruction.

      He was transferred to Attica, in upstate
      New
      York , where in the late 90's there was
      already a well-organized racist faction.

      There were 60 or 70 White prisoners
      in C Block, where Felton was held.

      Of those, 20 were allowed to come to the
      two tables in the mess hall that Felton and
      others had reserved for the ''politicized.''

      Felton lent books to prospective racists who
      wanted a grounding in history, and he took
      part in informal debates in the yard or at dinner.

      He drew an elaborate comic book, one that he
      hoped would find an audience well beyond the
      walls of his prison, about a violent series of
      racist attacks by a lone-wolf terrorist bent on
      overthrowing the United States government.



      (Felton's comics told stories of violent Aryan heroes
      — but he couldn't make his life mimic his art.)



      He was transferred from one prison to another during
      the last few years of his incarceration and made
      connections with racists and neo-Nazis in each one.

      When he was moved to Northern State Prison,
      outside of Newark, in 2000, he assumed
      "an official leadership position" for the first
      time and created an intricate system of
      racist-education and indoctrination for
      `a selected group' of White prisoners.

      ''It became codified,'' he recalled.
      ''We had mandatory workouts,
      mandatory book reports.
      I had a whole curriculum developed.
      I kind of took pride in it.
      It was a really good thing.''

      He discovered that the New Jersey prison system had
      a program in place that allowed prisoners to borrow
      books from public libraries anywhere in the state.

      He made a list of the books he thought his charges
      needed to read and tracked them all down.

      ''We'd all go down to the library and fill out
      these slips for interlibrary loan,'' he said.

      ''When the book arrived, we'd throw one of the
      guys in the copy room at the library a pack
      of cigarettes to make copies for us.''

      Felton's reading list was demanding:
      Yockey, Nietzsche, Spengler.

      Felton's group, usually about a dozen men,
      would meet once a week in the yard
      to discuss the assigned reading.

      Felton had not only found a flock to "belong" to
      ---- he had also become [one of it's] shepherds …


      The Bomb Plot


      Soon after his release in January 2001, Felton set up
      a small-scale desktop counterfeiting operation
      in his home, making 20's and 50's on his
      computer, using a scanner and a color printer.

      He would walk around the North End of Boston,
      using the counterfeit bills to buy gum or a sandwich
      at each little corner store, trading bad money for good.

      Felton said he was amazed to find out how easy
      it was `to conceal himself' in "the civilian world".

      He would walk down the street … his swastika tattoos
      hidden under long sleeves, his shaved head covered with a
      baseball cap, and nobody knew that he was `on a mission'.

      While o
      ut of prison and still married to his wife
      Lisa, Felton began to have an affair with Erica
      Chase, a 21 year old White supremacist
      then living in Michigan City , Indiana.

      When Felton was in prison, his communications with
      Chase focused on racial politics and a series of chores
      that Felton needed Chase's help with -- mostly moving
      books and papers for his reading assignments,
      from one prisoner to another, through the mail.

      As his relationship with Lisa disintegrated,
      though, Felton's conversations with
      Chase became more romantic.

      In early April, she bought a gun from her boss
      at the car dealership where she worked and
      drove from Indiana to Boston to meet Felton.

      Chase moved into an apartment that Felton
      had rented for them both in the North End.

      According to the testimony of Chase's friend Kathy
      McGaffigan, a racist taking classes at Harvard,
      Felton seemed jumpy and paranoid during this period.

      When she visited them at their apartment, she noticed
      that he had smashed-in the door-buzzer system,
      apparently because he believed that people on the
      street could use it to listen in on his conversations.

      Together Leo and Erica robbed a bank and forged
      money to buy materials to create a fertilizer bomb.

      It is unclear what the target was to
      be, but it is believed to have been a
      Holocaust museum in New England or
      the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge .

      He also desired to assassinate
      high profile "blacks "and Jews

      As is the case with many other White supremacists
      ----- his motivations were to ignite a race war.

      An attendant at a Dunkin Donuts doughnut shop
      spotted a counterfeit they tried to pass him.

      The clerk refused to take it and showed
      it to a police officer who happened to
      be waiting in line for a doughnut.

      Chase and Felton were both arrested.


      For Felton, though, the real struggle was just
      beginning and the worst was yet to come.


      The nadir would come two months after
      Aryan Unit One crashed and burned.

      In June 2001, as the prosecutors prepared
      their case against him, the media broke
      the news that Felton had one "black"
      [i.e. Mixed-Race] parent and one White one.

      On June 21, the `Boston Herald `revealed Felton's
      full racial background to a reading audience
      that had already become riveted by the
      strange tale of the "hub bomb plot."

      Felton's "racial unmasking" was
      his worst nightmare come true.

      The week the story broke, he tried to commit
      suicide by slicing his own jugular vein.

      After learning of his Mixed-Race ancestry, many of
      Felton's comrades then agreed to testify against him.

      When he stood trial in federal court, his defense in the
      hands of a Jewish attorney, he watched Thomas Struss
      and a parade of Chase's friends testify against the couple.

      An all-white jury convicted him of multiple charges of
      counterfeiting, bank-robbery and conspiracy and
      Felton
      was sentenced to 21 years in 2002 for bank robbery,
      conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other crimes.

      [[[A few days later, recovering from the
      suicide attempt, Felton penned a long letter
      in small, neat script to the 'Herald' writer
      who had made his Mixed-Race roots public.

      "By a disastrous and completely unforeseeable
      turn of events,"he lamented, "I have been
      splashed all over newspapers and televisions
      in a major city, with my biology and my politics
      (or the government's contorted version
      thereof) at the forefront of the whole thing.

      I have been publicly vilified and had my
      one 'skeleton,' namely my "racial origin,
      put on display in the worst imaginable way,
      alienating me from the only community
      I've
      known since I was and undermining the few
      meaningful relationshipsI had with other people.
      This latter element [the 'skeleton'] is in fact the
      reason I opened my jugular veins last Saturday night."

      Expressing the hope that his letter would be published
      "in its entirety without changes or redactions"
      — it was not — Felton went on to preach against
      'the "evil" of his parents' miscegenation'.

      "I am what I am," he concluded.
      "Contaminated, falsely condemned,
      and alienated from my comrades.
      But a lover of Nature nonetheless,
      and a lover of the West, and
      ever an unrepentant enemy
      of the Multi-Cultural myth."

      The letter was signed, "damned and
      defiant, Leo Vincelette Felton."]]]

      He [now] states that he no longer believes
      "wholeheartedly" in `the cause' that once
      became his reason for life, but he has not
      renounced or distanced himself from
      his former White supremacist views.

      Reactions to the story of Leo Felton have been varied
      … many "black" commentators who claim that --
      --- in a race-blind society ----- all should be able
      to claim whatever racial ancestry one likes.

      He has faced disbelief or intrigue from many Whites and
      constant mockery from both Racist and Anti-Racist groups.

      In his recent book ''Interracial Intimacies,''
      Randall Kennedy explores the tangled
      history of "Racial" `Passing' in America .

      [The concept of "racial"] `Passing' ''has always
      constituted something of a challenge to
      racist regimes,'' Kennedy writes.

      [Mixed-Race people who were categorized] as "black" –
      [yet] appear to be [the racist definition of mono-racially]
      `White' were seen by segregationists ''as an insidious danger
      that threatened to infect fatally the American body politic:
      the passers might, it was feared, 'contaminate' White
      bloodlines by marrying unsuspecting Caucasians.''

      Those fears led to an exacting legal attempt in the
      20th century to define precisely where `White'
      [categorization] ends and "black" [categorization] begins.

      As Kennedy traces in his book, ''until 1910 Virginia
      law classified as `White' anyone who was no more
      than one-quarter Black; after 1910 the allowable
      fraction was reduced to one-sixteenth.''

      Finally in 1924 the State Legislature decreed that ''the term
      'White person' shall apply only to the person who has no
      trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian.''

      This was one of the infamous ''one drop'' laws that
      contended that [the racist definition of mono-racial]
      `Whiteness' could be defined, and defended, absolutely.

      In reality, of course, "race" in America
      has been anything but clear-cut.

      Leo Felton was part of a long tradition of men and
      women who have chosen to move themselves across
      "racial"-lines, whether out of self-"improvement",
      self-`denial', self-deception or simple confusion.

      The questions of `identity' he has wrestled with
      are fundamental to the history, literature and
      politics of race in the United States .

      Two ideas chased each other around and
      around in Felton's head his entire adult life.

      One was that "race" is `an absolute "biological" fact'.

      ("It is natural and genetic and entirely human",
      he says he believed, "for Whites to stay with
      Whites and Blacks to stay with Blacks".)

      The second, opposing, idea was that "race"
       is `an imaginary "social" construct'.

      (''I don't for one moment feel like I did anything wrong
      by choosing not to define myself according to the way
      other people wanted to define me,'' he said ….
      ''Those definitions are not things in themselves.
      They're not a priori true.
      They're legal fictions.'' )


      It is something of a paradox that the most coherent
      intellectual support for Felton's decision to "pass"
      [himself off as fitting the racist definition of mono-racial]
      `White' comes [from] intellectuals like Kennedy, who
      concludes his chapter on "passing" by positioning that
      ''a well-ordered multiracial society ought to allow its
      members free entry into and exit from racial categories,
      even if the choices they make clash with traditional
      understandings of who is "black" and who is 'White,'
      and even if, despite making such choices in good faith,
      individuals mislead observers who rely
      on conventional racial signaling.''

      Felton's subterranean `journey into Whiteness' came during
      a historical moment in which many Americans, particularly
      those of his generation, were redefining their "races" in a
      very different way from the way Felton did: identifying
      themselves, in growing numbers, as Multi-Racial.

      Felton is in many ways … a throwback to
      a bygone racial trope: the ''Tragic Mulatto''
      of books like Mark Twain's ''Pudd'nhead Wilson''
      and William Faulkner's ''Light in August.''

      [He] was a man at war not just with
      the government but with history itself.

      After he recovered from his suicide attempt, Felton
      found himself unmoored, and to some extent, he still is.

      When he talks about the racist ideas he embraced a
      decade ago, his speech is still rapid-fire and confident,
      even bombastic, full of quotations from Nietzsche and
      the well-honed syllogisms he practiced in the prison yard.

      But when he tries to explain what he believes
      today, he becomes awkward and halting.

      There are lots of pauses and stutters and conclusions
      like ''The situation really hasn't gelled yet''
      or ''It's just a very weird time.''

      Just as he did when he first arrived in prison,
      Felton is once more re-evaluating his past.

      ''It's not a thing where I'm a
      reformed racist,'' he said recently.

      ''This whole idea of falling down at the feet of the left
      and begging forgiveness, that's not going to happen.

      But it's funny how long ago it seems sometimes.

      It's almost hard to imagine the way that it felt back then.''

      Now that Felton has had time to come to terms with
      his "race" being `public', he is looking for a new flock.

      ''I need to connect with other "Beige people",'' he wrote ….
      ''I suspect in prison I will always live among Whites,
      but if there is at all some way for me to fix my center
      of gravity in "something Beige", that's what I want.''

      [Erica] Chase, who is serving a five-year sentence,
      [says] that she had abandoned the Racist cause.
      The reason … was that learning Felton's `true "racial"
      identity' had caused her to rethink everything. '

      "She was in love with me, and I'm not just-White,''
      Felton said …''It was something that
      undermined her concept of race.''

      It is exactly the fear that White supremacists in the early
      20th century had about racial "passing" -- that "black"
      [i.e. Mixed-Race] men "passing" as  [fitting the racist
      definition of being mono-racially] `White' would
      seduce `White' women and convert them to a
      new and more liberal understanding of "race".

      The greatest twist of Leo Felton's career as a revolutionary
      is that after years of effort to win `White' America over
      from Multi-Culturalism to Racism, the one person
      he managed to convert was Erica Chase, a
      Racist he has turned into a Multi-Culturalist.

      Felton's message was that "racial" divisions were
      sacrosanct and undeniable; his life has showed that,
      in reality, those lines are hard to find and easy to cross.


      Source(s):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Felton  
      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=76
      http://www.rickross.com/reference/supremacists/supremacists107.html
      http://www.whiteprivilege.com/index.php?s=felton

      An interesting note on `prison gangs':

      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=58


      Related Links:


      On Being Mixed-Race:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1217
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2016
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1747

      On The One-Drop Rule:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1386  
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1417  
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/641  

      On Passing:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1328  
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1331  

      On The Tragic Mulatto:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1610  

      On Multi-Racials who play The Blame-Game:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1078  

      Other Examples of Self-Hatred:

      [[

      Occasionally one meets a person whose heritage contains,
      in part, an ancestral lineage which they clearly despise
      and who become so filled with arrogance, ignorance,
      contempt and hatred for said lineage that they target
      their own self-hatred and shame at anyone with whom
      they identify as being related in whole (or --if
      acknowledged-- even in part) with said lineage.

      The recent rise in the "Malevolently-Militant Multiracial"
      (MMM/ 3M) `Racist / Anti-Black' Groups and Individuals
      clearly demonstrate that this `tragedy' is not limited
      by any Ethnic origin or a given Racial-admixture.

      A few more famous of the examples of people
      who are known for hating those who they feel
      represent 'a part of themselves and their ancestry'
      which they wish they could disown' include,
      but certainly is not limited to, the following: 

      --- Dan Burros
      (Jewish Neo-Nazi and Klansman)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Burros
      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=143
      http://www.nypress.com/16/8/news&columns/oldsmoke.cfm  
      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936032/posts
      http://www.allbookstores.com/book/156025372X

      --- Frank Collin
      (quondam Neo-Nazi of a Jewish father --   
      anti-semitic / racial-supremacist and the
      Nazi leader of the attempted Skokie, IL march)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Collin  
      http://www.flavinscorner.com/collin.htm
      http://www.skokiehistory.info/chrono/nazis.html

      --- Andrew Britt Greenbaum
      (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=121
      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144

      --- Davis Wolfgang Hawke
      (Jewish Neo-Nazi)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Wolfgang_Hawke

      --- William Potter Gale
      (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=73
      http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2002-11-27/cover.html

      --- Jordan Gollub
      (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
      http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144

      --- Dylan "Yassenoff" Klebold
      (one of t
      he `Columbine' shooters who was a
      part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
      http://columbine.free2host.net/dylan.html
      http://broncomania.com/shooting/0424mom3.shtml
      http://judicial-inc.biz/columbine_killers.htm

      --- Adolph Hitler & various Nazi party leaders
      (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacists)
      http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/11/1657112.php
      http://www.freedomsite.org/pipermail/fs_discussion/2000-March/000084.html    

      There were many part-Jewish Nazis who gladly worked
      for Adolph Hitler (said to have been ¼ Jewish himself)
      under a "special exemption" (many of these were
      signed by Adolf Hitler himself)  in a legal provision
      known as the "Deutschblütigkeitserklärung"
      (or literally, 'the Declaration of German Blood').

      These people included, but
      were not limited, the following:

      Helmut Schmidt / Erhard Milch / Anton Mayer /
      Bernhard Rogge / Wolfram von Richthofen /
      Helmut Wilbe / Hermann Aub / etc.)
      http://www.kamero.net/articles/Hitler

      Vladimir Zhirinovsky
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky
      http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PubAntisemitism.asp?did=131&pid=633

      ]]

      Photo of Leo Felton
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      Wow - some story. If only his mother wasn t such a screw up he would have been such a different person. And he was obviously highly intelligent and talented
      Message 2 of 9 , Dec 10, 2006
        Wow - some story. If only his mother wasn't such a
        screw up he would have been such a differant person.
        And he was obviously highly intelligent and talented too.
        But much like Hitler who believed he was part Jewish, so much
        of the external conflict was simply a war within himself.
        If only he had other mixed people to connect even
        after his childhood, things might have been different:

         ''I need to connect with other "Beige people",'' he wrote ….
        ''I suspect in prison I will always live among Whites,
        but if there is at all some way for me to fix my center
        of gravity in "something Beige", that's what I want.''
         
        Thank God for the internet  ;)
        Jeff


        multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:
        Leo Felton


        Leo Vincelette Felton
        (born in 1970 in Silver Spring , Maryland )
        is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage
        -- and who also happens to be a White supremacist as well.

         

        Felton was convicted of bank robbery and of also
        plotting to blow up both the "black" and Jewish
        landmarks throughout Boston , Massachusetts .

        The Early Years

        Leo's father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), is a Mixed-Race
        man whose origins are 1/2-Black and 1/2-White,
        while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931),
        is a former nun is actually of Jewish descent.

        When Leo was two years old, his mother suddenly
        announced herself to be a lesbian; divorced his father; 
        started a new life with another Jewish woman; used
        her personal connections to take custody of Leo; and
        then decided to raise him in an all-White suburb ---
        along with her new partner's two all-White children.

        When he was 9 years old, his mother decided that she also
        wanted to now have him institutionalize (a decision that
        both he and his father agree that this was unnecessary)
        and he was sent to the
        Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

        According to a psychologist' s report prepared before
        his sentencing, Felton now sees himself as
        "his mother's `social experiment' -- a physical
        manifestation of ''her ... views about race in society".

        The story of Felton's institutionalizatio n,
        as described in the court psychologist' s
        report, is a disturbing one.

        He spent most of the next four years in
        various hospitals and residential homes.
        According to Leo, after a few months, each
        institution tried to discharge him, but each
        time his mother was able to convince the
        people in charge that Leo "needed" to stay
        --- [even] over the objections of his father.

         
        (Leo Felton's Father, Calvin, who has one White parent and one Black parent
        -- protested against Felton's mother's constant institutionalizing of his son.)


        When state school administrators concluded
        that Felton did not need further residential
        treatment, his mother hired an attorney,
        sued and got the decision reversed.

        Though Felton and his father say he did not have any
        serious psychological problems before he went into
        these institutions, by the time he came out, at the
        age of 14, he was angry, confused and antisocial.

        He "felt marginalized, '' he says.

        ''My whole world prior to prison was White,''.
        ''My experience was nothing `Mixed' or
        "black" or `Multicultural' … Ever!''

        There
        after he committed a series of petty thefts
        which "he" has attributed to a combination of his
        institutionalizatio n --- along with his new-found
        belief that his body contained some varying
        degrees of "aggressive Black-"Racial" DNA".

        The Prison Years

        He was imprisoned between 1990 and 2001
        for the assault against / attempted murder
        of a cab driver during a road rage incident.

        While incarcerated Felton began to observe how
        different "races" reacted when societal stigmas
        over racism were not in action to civilize conduct.

        He claims that the Whites in prison were under a
        continual state of siege by the `non-White' "races". 

        In prison he became an organizer for White supremacist
        day groups, organizing book reviews and exercise while
        [clearly] obscuring the fact of his Mixed-Race ancestry.

        Felton's transformation -- what he called ''the circuitous-
        route I took to becoming 'White,' in quotation marks''
        -- started, he said, as soon as he arrived in prison.


        He spent the first two years of his sentence in New York
        City , first in the Brooklyn Correctional Facility
        and then on Riker's Island .

        Descent into Racial Supremacy

        What he encountered in prison was a prison culture that
        was violent and frightening and racially-segregated .

        Whites were in the minority and felt threatened.
        "There was definitely a siege mentality among Whites.''

        Felton began to extrapolate from the black prisoners
        around him to "Black culture" at large.
        What he was seeing on Riker's Island, he
        decided, was "the true face of Black" …

        He stopped telling people about his half-Black
        father, and he found that his fellow inmates
        just assumed he was a mono-racial 'White'.

        He belonged, he decided, on the
        White side of the prison's color-divide.


        While he was in prison, he said,
        ''the idea of "White culture"
        became symbolic to me.
        I mythologized it.''


        ''The only people that I had anything in common
        with all happened to be White,'' he said. '
        'We were surrounded on all sides
        by `an antagonistic alien presence'.
        We stuck together.''


        Looking back on the teasing he'd received as a child,
        he found himself taking the side of his tormentors.

        He stopped blaming the racists who
        had antagonized him in his youth.

        Instead, he blamed his parents …
        f
        or "transgressing against
        the laws of nature"


        It was easy for Felton to convince himself that
        his evolving racist beliefs were innate and
        instinctive, even fundamentally human.

        But that didn't satisfy him.

        Despite the fact that he never graduated from high school,
        Felton is in many ways an intellectual, and he wanted to
        be able to intellectualize his own racial anxiety, to find a
        coherent philosophy that could let him understand his own
        place in the divided racial world that he saw around him.

        He is a man who likes arguments and diatribes
        and doesn't like being wrong, and he wanted
        to be able "to build an airtight case", with
        citations and footnotes, for his racist beliefs.

        Felton began reading pamphlets and magazines
        distributed by contemporary American fascist
        groups, and he read the writings of Adolf
        Hitler and various Nazi ideologues.

        But he couldn't escape one crucial
        fact in those racist doctrines: ---
        race, for them, was "a biological fact".

        Felton, to those writers, and to most of the racists with
        whom he had begun to correspond and associate, was
        indisputably [both viewed and also categorized as
        being] "black" (whatever his appearance) and thus
        part of an "inferior race", someone to be shunned.





        It was a situation that seemed to Felton not so
        much ontologically `wrong' as simply "unfair".

        ''I had an investment in these ideas that
        most people in `the movement' didn't have,''
        he said, ''despite their blond hair and blue eyes.''





        Then in 1995 he discovered a book that
        offered him `a way out': ''Imperium,' '
        a strange work of philosophy and "occult religion"
        written just after World War II by an American
        fascist named Francis Parker Yockey.

        ''The main thing to understand in Yockey's idea of race,''
        Felton explained …, ''is that he considered it to have its
        center-of-gravity "in the spirit" rather than "in biology"."

        He considered the National Socialist''
        -- or Nazi -- ''concept of race to be a
        product of 19th-century materialism. ''

        The quote from ''Imperium'' that Felton
        was most eager to draw to … was …:
        ''Race is, in the first instance, what a man feels.''

        According to ''Imperium,' ' the world was on the cusp
        of the ''greatest of all battles in 5,000 years of history.''

        The ''historical Mission '' at hand was ''the saving
        of the Western Civilization from decadence
        within and from the barbarian without.''

        And who would take part in this crusade?

        Not just biologically White men, Yockey wrote, but
        ''any man who shares the feeling of this Mission ,
        and any group which shares it, regardless
        of the derivation of the man or group.''

        For Felton, in his prison cell,
        this idea changed everything.

        Race was a choice;
        it was what a man feels,
        and Felton knew he felt White.

        By defending "White culture", he would literally become
        [the racist definition of being mono-racially] White
        -- as "pure" as anyone else who shared the same beliefs.


        It was a solution, but not a completely satisfactory one.


        Very few in the movement, Felton knew, had ever
        read Yockey, and most of them weren't likely to
        adopt Yockey's "spiritual definition" of "race"
        even if they did make it through his dense prose.


        This meant that Felton was going to have to keep lying.


        As he recalled …, ''The pervasive racial
        materialism in `the movement' would
        require me to give only half-of-the- truth
        to my comrades as to my own racial-biology,
        but I felt that `in the wider sweep
        of things' this would not matter.''

        It wouldn't matter, he thought, because of his
        intense level of commitment to `the cause' ...


        ''Under such circumstances I saw
        nothing immoral in my `withholding
        of part of my genealogy from them."


        Felton's deception worked.


        Not only was he accepted as White;
        other White prisoners also began
        to turn to him for "racial"-instructio n.

        He was transferred to Attica, in upstate
        New
        York , where in the late 90's there was
        already a well-organized racist faction.

        There were 60 or 70 White prisoners
        in C Block, where Felton was held.

        Of those, 20 were allowed to come to the
        two tables in the mess hall that Felton and
        others had reserved for the ''politicized. ''

        Felton lent books to prospective racists who
        wanted a grounding in history, and he took
        part in informal debates in the yard or at dinner.

        He drew an elaborate comic book, one that he
        hoped would find an audience well beyond the
        walls of his prison, about a violent series of
        racist attacks by a lone-wolf terrorist bent on
        overthrowing the United States government.



        (Felton's comics told stories of violent Aryan heroes
        — but he couldn't make his life mimic his art.)



        He was transferred from one prison to another during
        the last few years of his incarceration and made
        connections with racists and neo-Nazis in each one.

        When he was moved to Northern State Prison,
        outside of Newark, in 2000, he assumed
        "an official leadership position" for the first
        time and created an intricate system of
        racist-education and indoctrination for
        `a selected group' of White prisoners.

        ''It became codified,'' he recalled.
        ''We had mandatory workouts,
        mandatory book reports.
        I had a whole curriculum developed.
        I kind of took pride in it.
        It was a really good thing.''

        He discovered that the New Jersey prison system had
        a program in place that allowed prisoners to borrow
        books from public libraries anywhere in the state.

        He made a list of the books he thought his charges
        needed to read and tracked them all down.

        ''We'd all go down to the library and fill out
        these slips for interlibrary loan,'' he said.

        ''When the book arrived, we'd throw one of the
        guys in the copy room at the library a pack
        of cigarettes to make copies for us.''

        Felton's reading list was demanding:
        Yockey, Nietzsche, Spengler.

        Felton's group, usually about a dozen men,
        would meet once a week in the yard
        to discuss the assigned reading.

        Felton had not only found a flock to "belong" to
        ---- he had also become [one of it's] shepherds …


        The Bomb Plot


        Soon after his release in January 2001, Felton set up
        a small-scale desktop counterfeiting operation
        in his home, making 20's and 50's on his
        computer, using a scanner and a color printer.

        He would walk around the North End of Boston,
        using the counterfeit bills to buy gum or a sandwich
        at each little corner store, trading bad money for good.

        Felton said he was amazed to find out how easy
        it was `to conceal himself' in "the civilian world".

        He would walk down the street … his swastika tattoos
        hidden under long sleeves, his shaved head covered with a
        baseball cap, and nobody knew that he was `on a mission'.

        While o
        ut of prison and still married to his wife
        Lisa, Felton began to have an affair with Erica
        Chase, a 21 year old White supremacist
        then living in Michigan City , Indiana.

        When Felton was in prison, his communications with
        Chase focused on racial politics and a series of chores
        that Felton needed Chase's help with -- mostly moving
        books and papers for his reading assignments,
        from one prisoner to another, through the mail.

        As his relationship with Lisa disintegrated,
        though, Felton's conversations with
        Chase became more romantic.

        In early April, she bought a gun from her boss
        at the car dealership where she worked and
        drove from Indiana to Boston to meet Felton.

        Chase moved into an apartment that Felton
        had rented for them both in the North End.

        According to the testimony of Chase's friend Kathy
        McGaffigan, a racist taking classes at Harvard,
        Felton seemed jumpy and paranoid during this period.

        When she visited them at their apartment, she noticed
        that he had smashed-in the door-buzzer system,
        apparently because he believed that people on the
        street could use it to listen in on his conversations.

        Together Leo and Erica robbed a bank and forged
        money to buy materials to create a fertilizer bomb.

        It is unclear what the target was to
        be, but it is believed to have been a
        Holocaust museum in New England or
        the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge .

        He also desired to assassinate
        high profile "blacks "and Jews

        As is the case with many other White supremacists
        ----- his motivations were to ignite a race war.

        An attendant at a Dunkin Donuts doughnut shop
        spotted a counterfeit they tried to pass him.

        The clerk refused to take it and showed
        it to a police officer who happened to
        be waiting in line for a doughnut.

        Chase and Felton were both arrested.


        For Felton, though, the real struggle was just
        beginning and the worst was yet to come.


        The nadir would come two months after
        Aryan Unit One crashed and burned.

        In June 2001, as the prosecutors prepared
        their case against him, the media broke
        the news that Felton had one "black"
        [i.e. Mixed-Race] parent and one White one.

        On June 21, the `Boston Herald `revealed Felton's
        full racial background to a reading audience
        that had already become riveted by the
        strange tale of the "hub bomb plot."

        Felton's "racial unmasking" was
        his worst nightmare come true.

        The week the story broke, he tried to commit
        suicide by slicing his own jugular vein.

        After learning of his Mixed-Race ancestry, many of
        Felton's comrades then agreed to testify against him.

        When he stood trial in federal court, his defense in the
        hands of a Jewish attorney, he watched Thomas Struss
        and a parade of Chase's friends testify against the couple.

        An all-white jury convicted him of multiple charges of
        counterfeiting, bank-robbery and conspiracy and
        Felton
        was sentenced to 21 years in 2002 for bank robbery,
        conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other crimes.
        [[[A few days later, recovering from the
        suicide attempt, Felton penned a long letter
        in small, neat script to the 'Herald' writer
        who had made his Mixed-Race roots public.

        "By a disastrous and completely unforeseeable
        turn of events,"he lamented, "I have been
        splashed all over newspapers and televisions
        in a major city, with my biology and my politics
        (or the government's contorted version
        thereof) at the forefront of the whole thing.

        I have been publicly vilified and had my
        one 'skeleton,' namely my "racial origin,
        put on display in the worst imaginable way,
        alienating me from the only community
        I've
        known since I was and undermining the few
        meaningful relationshipsI had with other people.
        This latter element [the 'skeleton'] is in fact the
        reason I opened my jugular veins last Saturday night."

        Expressing the hope that his letter would be published
        "in its entirety without changes or redactions"
        — it was not — Felton went on to preach against
        'the "evil" of his parents' miscegenation' .

        "I am what I am," he concluded.
        "Contaminated, falsely condemned,
        and alienated from my comrades.
        But a lover of Nature nonetheless,
        and a lover of the West, and
        ever an unrepentant enemy
        of the Multi-Cultural myth."

        The letter was signed, "damned and
        defiant, Leo Vincelette Felton."]]]
        He [now] states that he no longer believes
        "wholeheartedly" in `the cause' that once
        became his reason for life, but he has not
        renounced or distanced himself from
        his former White supremacist views.

        Reactions to the story of Leo Felton have been varied
        … many "black" commentators who claim that --
        --- in a race-blind society ----- all should be able
        to claim whatever racial ancestry one likes.

        He has faced disbelief or intrigue from many Whites and
        constant mockery from both Racist and Anti-Racist groups.

        In his recent book ''Interracial Intimacies,' '
        Randall Kennedy explores the tangled
        history of "Racial" `Passing' in America .

        [The concept of "racial"] `Passing' ''has always
        constituted something of a challenge to
        racist regimes,'' Kennedy writes.

        [Mixed-Race people who were categorized] as "black" –
        [yet] appear to be [the racist definition of mono-racially]
        `White' were seen by segregationists ''as an insidious danger
        that threatened to infect fatally the American body politic:
        the passers might, it was feared, 'contaminate' White
        bloodlines by marrying unsuspecting Caucasians.' '

        Those fears led to an exacting legal attempt in the
        20th century to define precisely where `White'
        [categorization] ends and "black" [categorization] begins.

        As Kennedy traces in his book, ''until 1910 Virginia
        law classified as `White' anyone who was no more
        than one-quarter Black; after 1910 the allowable
        fraction was reduced to one-sixteenth. ''

        Finally in 1924 the State Legislature decreed that ''the term
        'White person' shall apply only to the person who has no
        trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian.''

        This was one of the infamous ''one drop'' laws that
        contended that [the racist definition of mono-racial]
        `Whiteness' could be defined, and defended, absolutely.

        In reality, of course, "race" in America
        has been anything but clear-cut.

        Leo Felton was part of a long tradition of men and
        women who have chosen to move themselves across
        "racial"-lines, whether out of self-"improvement" ,
        self-`denial' , self-deception or simple confusion.

        The questions of `identity' he has wrestled with
        are fundamental to the history, literature and
        politics of race in the United States .

        Two ideas chased each other around and
        around in Felton's head his entire adult life.

        One was that "race" is `an absolute "biological" fact'.

        ("It is natural and genetic and entirely human",
        he says he believed, "for Whites to stay with
        Whites and Blacks to stay with Blacks".)

        The second, opposing, idea was that "race"
         is `an imaginary "social" construct'.

        (''I don't for one moment feel like I did anything wrong
        by choosing not to define myself according to the way
        other people wanted to define me,'' he said ….
        ''Those definitions are not things in themselves.
        They're not a priori true.
        They're legal fictions.'' )


        It is something of a paradox that the most coherent
        intellectual support for Felton's decision to "pass"
        [himself off as fitting the racist definition of mono-racial]
        `White' comes [from] intellectuals like Kennedy, who
        concludes his chapter on "passing" by positioning that
        ''a well-ordered multiracial society ought to allow its
        members free entry into and exit from racial categories,
        even if the choices they make clash with traditional
        understandings of who is "black" and who is 'White,'
        and even if, despite making such choices in good faith,
        individuals mislead observers who rely
        on conventional racial signaling.''

        Felton's subterranean `journey into Whiteness' came during
        a historical moment in which many Americans, particularly
        those of his generation, were redefining their "races" in a
        very different way from the way Felton did: identifying
        themselves, in growing numbers, as Multi-Racial.

        Felton is in many ways … a throwback to
        a bygone racial trope: the ''Tragic Mulatto''
        of books like Mark Twain's ''Pudd'nhead Wilson''
        and William Faulkner's ''Light in August.''

        [He] was a man at war not just with
        the government but with history itself.

        After he recovered from his suicide attempt, Felton
        found himself unmoored, and to some extent, he still is.

        When he talks about the racist ideas he embraced a
        decade ago, his speech is still rapid-fire and confident,
        even bombastic, full of quotations from Nietzsche and
        the well-honed syllogisms he practiced in the prison yard.

        But when he tries to explain what he believes
        today, he becomes awkward and halting.

        There are lots of pauses and stutters and conclusions
        like ''The situation really hasn't gelled yet''
        or ''It's just a very weird time.''

        Just as he did when he first arrived in prison,
        Felton is once more re-evaluating his past.

        ''It's not a thing where I'm a
        reformed racist,'' he said recently.

        ''This whole idea of falling down at the feet of the left
        and begging forgiveness, that's not going to happen.

        But it's funny how long ago it seems sometimes.

        It's almost hard to imagine the way that it felt back then.''

        Now that Felton has had time to come to terms with
        his "race" being `public', he is looking for a new flock.

        ''I need to connect with other "Beige people",'' he wrote ….
        ''I suspect in prison I will always live among Whites,
        but if there is at all some way for me to fix my center
        of gravity in "something Beige", that's what I want.''

        [Erica] Chase, who is serving a five-year sentence,
        [says] that she had abandoned the Racist cause.
        The reason … was that learning Felton's `true "racial"
        identity' had caused her to rethink everything. '

        "She was in love with me, and I'm not just-White,' '
        Felton said …''It was something that
        undermined her concept of race.''

        It is exactly the fear that White supremacists in the early
        20th century had about racial "passing" -- that "black"
        [i.e. Mixed-Race] men "passing" as  [fitting the racist
        definition of being mono-racially] `White' would
        seduce `White' women and convert them to a
        new and more liberal understanding of "race".

        The greatest twist of Leo Felton's career as a revolutionary
        is that after years of effort to win `White' America over
        from Multi-Culturalism to Racism, the one person
        he managed to convert was Erica Chase, a
        Racist he has turned into a Multi-Culturalist.

        Felton's message was that "racial" divisions were
        sacrosanct and undeniable; his life has showed that,
        in reality, those lines are hard to find and easy to cross.


        Source(s):

        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Leo_Felton  
        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? aid=76
        http://www.rickross .com/reference/ supremacists/ supremacists107. html
        http://www.whitepri vilege.com/ index.php? s=felton

        An interesting note on `prison gangs':

        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? sid=58


        Related Links:


        On Being Mixed-Race:

        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1217
        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 2016
        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1747

        On The One-Drop Rule:

        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1386  
        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1417  
        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 641  

        On Passing:

        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1328  
        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1331  

        On The Tragic Mulatto:

        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1610  

        On Multi-Racials who play The Blame-Game:

        http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 1078  

        Other Examples of Self-Hatred:

        [[

        Occasionally one meets a person whose heritage contains,
        in part, an ancestral lineage which they clearly despise
        and who become so filled with arrogance, ignorance,
        contempt and hatred for said lineage that they target
        their own self-hatred and shame at anyone with whom
        they identify as being related in whole (or --if
        acknowledged- - even in part) with said lineage.

        The recent rise in the "Malevolently- Militant Multiracial"
        (MMM/ 3M) `Racist / Anti-Black' Groups and Individuals
        clearly demonstrate that this `tragedy' is not limited
        by any Ethnic origin or a given Racial-admixture.

        A few more famous of the examples of people
        who are known for hating those who they feel
        represent 'a part of themselves and their ancestry'
        which they wish they could disown' include,
        but certainly is not limited to, the following: 

        --- Dan Burros
        (Jewish Neo-Nazi and Klansman)
        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Dan_Burros
        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? pid=143
        http://www.nypress. com/16/8/ news&columns/oldsmoke. cfm  
        http://www.freerepu blic.com/ focus/f-news/ 936032/posts
        http://www.allbooks tores.com/ book/156025372X

        --- Frank Collin
        (quondam Neo-Nazi of a Jewish father --   
        anti-semitic / racial-supremacist and the
        Nazi leader of the attempted Skokie, IL march)
        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Frank_Collin  
        http://www.flavinsc orner.com/ collin.htm
        http://www.skokiehi story.info/ chrono/nazis. html

        --- Andrew Britt Greenbaum
        (part-Jewish anti-semitic/ racial-supremaci st)
        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? aid=121
        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? pid=144

        --- Davis Wolfgang Hawke
        (Jewish Neo-Nazi)
        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Davis_Wolfgang_ Hawke

        --- William Potter Gale
        (part-Jewish anti-semitic/ racial-supremaci st)
        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? aid=73
        http://atlanta. creativeloafing. com/2002- 11-27/cover. html

        --- Jordan Gollub
        (part-Jewish anti-semitic/ racial-supremaci st)
        http://www.splcente r.org/intel/ intelreport/ article.jsp? pid=144

        --- Dylan "Yassenoff" Klebold
        (one of t
        he `Columbine' shooters who was a
        part-Jewish anti-semitic/ racial-supremaci st)
        http://columbine. free2host. net/dylan. html
        http://broncomania. com/shooting/ 0424mom3. shtml
        http://judicial- inc.biz/columbin e_killers. htm

        --- Adolph Hitler & various Nazi party leaders
        (part-Jewish anti-semitic/ racial-supremaci sts)
        http://sf.indymedia .org/news/ 2003/11/1657112. php
        http://www.freedoms ite.org/pipermai l/fs_discussion/ 2000-March/ 000084.html    

        There were many part-Jewish Nazis who gladly worked
        for Adolph Hitler (said to have been ¼ Jewish himself)
        under a "special exemption" (many of these were
        signed by Adolf Hitler himself)  in a legal provision
        known as the "Deutschblütigkeitse rklärung"
        (or literally, 'the Declaration of German Blood').

        These people included, but
        were not limited, the following:

        Helmut Schmidt / Erhard Milch / Anton Mayer /
        Bernhard Rogge / Wolfram von Richthofen /
        Helmut Wilbe / Hermann Aub / etc.)
        http://www.kamero. net/articles/ Hitler

        Vladimir Zhirinovsky
        http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Vladimir_ Zhirinovsky
        http://www.ajc. org/InTheMedia/ PubAntisemitism. asp?did=131&pid=633

        ]]

        Photo of Leo Felton
        http://i10.tinypic. com/2aflo9v. jpg
        http://upload. wikimedia. org/wikipedia/ en/thumb/ 4/44/Felton. jpg/200px- Felton.jpg  

        Photo of Leo Felton's father
        http://i10.tinypic. com/3y3ljsj. jpg  

      • tlbaker@nyc.rr.com
        Iye, yi, yi, talk about psychotic, too much!!! Lynne ... From: multiracialbookclub Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006 5:48 pm Subject: Leo
        Message 3 of 9 , Dec 11, 2006
          Iye, yi, yi, talk about psychotic, too much!!!

          Lynne

          ----- Original Message -----

          From: multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...>
          Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006 5:48 pm
          Subject: 'Leo Felton' -- A Mixed-Race
          Racist / Racial Supremacist
          To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com


          Leo Felton


          Leo Vincelette Felton (born in 1970 in Silver Spring, Maryland)
          is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage
          -- and who also happens to be a White supremacist as well.



          Felton was convicted of bank robbery and of also
          plotting to blow up both the "black" and Jewish
          landmarks throughout Boston, Massachusetts.

          The Early Years

          Leo's father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), is a Mixed-Race
          man whose origins are 1/2-Black and 1/2-White,
          while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931),
          is a former nun is actually of Jewish descent.

          When Leo was two years old, his mother suddenly
          announced herself to be a lesbian; divorced his father;
          started a new life with another Jewish woman; used
          her personal connections to take custody of Leo; and
          then decided to raise him in an all-White suburb ---
          along with her new partner's two all-White children.

          When he was 9 years old, his mother decided that she also
          wanted to now have him institutionalize (a decision that
          both he and his father agree that this was unnecessary)
          and he was sent to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

          According to a psychologist's report prepared before
          his sentencing, Felton now sees himself as
          "his mother's `social experiment' -- a physical
          manifestation of ''her ... views about race in society".

          The story of Felton's institutionalization,
          as described in the court psychologist's
          report, is a disturbing one.

          He spent most of the next four years in
          various hospitals and residential homes.
          According to Leo, after a few months, each
          institution tried to discharge him, but each
          time his mother was able to convince the
          people in charge that Leo "needed" to stay
          --- [even] over the objections of his father.


          (Leo Felton's Father, Calvin, who has one White parent
          and one Black parent -- protested against Felton's
          mother's constant institutionalizing of his son.)

          When state school administrators concluded
          that Felton did not need further residential
          treatment, his mother hired an attorney,
          sued and got the decision reversed.

          Though Felton and his father say he did not have any
          serious psychological problems before he went into
          these institutions, by the time he came out, at the
          age of 14, he was angry, confused and antisocial.

          He "felt marginalized,'' he says.

          ''My whole world prior to prison was White,''.
          ''My experience was nothing `Mixed' or
          "black" or `Multicultural' ? Ever!''

          Thereafter he committed a series of petty thefts
          which "he" has attributed to a combination of his
          institutionalization --- along with his new-found
          belief that his body contained some varying
          degrees of "aggressive Black-"Racial" DNA".

          The Prison Years

          He was imprisoned between 1990 and 2001
          for the assault against / attempted murder
          of a cab driver during a road rage incident.

          While incarcerated Felton began to observe how
          different "races" reacted when societal stigmas
          over racism were not in action to civilize conduct.

          He claims that the Whites in prison were under a
          continual state of siege by the `non-White' "races".

          In prison he became an organizer for White supremacist
          day groups, organizing book reviews and exercise while
          [clearly] obscuring the fact of his Mixed-Race ancestry.

          Felton's transformation -- what he called ''the circuitous-
          route I took to becoming 'White,' in quotation marks''
          -- started, he said, as soon as he arrived in prison.

          He spent the first two years of his sentence in New York
          City, first in the Brooklyn Correctional Facility
          and then on Riker's Island.

          Descent into Racial Supremacy

          What he encountered in prison was a prison culture that
          was violent and frightening and racially-segregated.

          Whites were in the minority and felt threatened.
          "There was definitely a siege mentality among Whites.''

          Felton began to extrapolate from the black prisoners
          around him to "Black culture" at large.
          What he was seeing on Riker's Island, he
          decided, was "the true face of Black" ?

          He stopped telling people about his half-Black
          father, and he found that his fellow inmates
          just assumed he was a mono-racial 'White'.

          He belonged, he decided, on the
          White side of the prison's color-divide.


          While he was in prison, he said,
          ''the idea of "White culture"
          became symbolic to me.
          I mythologized it.''


          ''The only people that I had anything in common
          with all happened to be White,'' he said. '
          'We were surrounded on all sides
          by `an antagonistic alien presence'.
          We stuck together.''


          Looking back on the teasing he'd received as a child,
          he found himself taking the side of his tormentors.

          He stopped blaming the racists who
          had antagonized him in his youth.

          Instead, he blamed his parents ?
          for "transgressing against
          the laws of nature"

          It was easy for Felton to convince himself that
          his evolving racist beliefs were innate and
          instinctive, even fundamentally human.

          But that didn't satisfy him.

          Despite the fact that he never graduated from high school,
          Felton is in many ways an intellectual, and he wanted to
          be able to intellectualize his own racial anxiety, to find a
          coherent philosophy that could let him understand his own
          place in the divided racial world that he saw around him.

          He is a man who likes arguments and diatribes
          and doesn't like being wrong, and he wanted
          to be able "to build an airtight case", with
          citations and footnotes, for his racist beliefs.

          Felton began reading pamphlets and magazines
          distributed by contemporary American fascist
          groups, and he read the writings of Adolf
          Hitler and various Nazi ideologues.

          But he couldn't escape one crucial
          fact in those racist doctrines: ---
          race, for them, was "a biological fact".

          Felton, to those writers, and to most of the racists with
          whom he had begun to correspond and associate, was
          indisputably [both viewed and also categorized as
          being] "black" (whatever his appearance) and thus
          part of an "inferior race", someone to be shunned.





          It was a situation that seemed to Felton not so
          much ontologically `wrong' as simply "unfair".

          ''I had an investment in these ideas that
          most people in `the movement' didn't have,''
          he said, ''despite their blond hair and blue eyes.''





          Then in 1995 he discovered a book that
          offered him `a way out': ''Imperium,''
          a strange work of philosophy and "occult religion"
          written just after World War II by an American
          fascist named Francis Parker Yockey.

          ''The main thing to understand in Yockey's idea of race,''
          Felton explained ?, ''is that he considered
          it to have its center-of-gravity "in the
          spirit" rather than "in biology"."

          He considered the National Socialist''
          -- or Nazi -- ''concept of race to be a
          product of 19th-century materialism.''

          The quote from ''Imperium'' that Felton
          was most eager to draw to ? was ?:
          ''Race is, in the first instance, what a man feels.''

          According to ''Imperium,'' the world was on the cusp
          of the ''greatest of all battles in 5,000 years of history.''

          The ''historical Mission'' at hand was ''the saving
          of the Western Civilization from decadence
          within and from the barbarian without.''

          And who would take part in this crusade?

          Not just biologically White men, Yockey wrote, but
          ''any man who shares the feeling of this Mission,
          and any group which shares it, regardless
          of the derivation of the man or group.''

          For Felton, in his prison cell,
          this idea changed everything.

          Race was a choice;
          it was what a man feels,
          and Felton knew he felt White.

          By defending "White culture", he would literally become
          [the racist definition of being mono-racially] White
          -- as "pure" as anyone else who shared the same beliefs.


          It was a solution, but not a completely satisfactory one.


          Very few in the movement, Felton knew, had ever
          read Yockey, and most of them weren't likely to
          adopt Yockey's "spiritual definition" of "race"
          even if they did make it through his dense prose.


          This meant that Felton was going to have to keep lying.


          As he recalled ?, ''The pervasive racial
          materialism in `the movement' would
          require me to give only half-of-the-truth
          to my comrades as to my own racial-biology,
          but I felt that `in the wider sweep
          of things' this would not matter.''

          It wouldn't matter, he thought, because of his
          intense level of commitment to `the cause' ...


          ''Under such circumstances I saw
          nothing immoral in my `withholding
          of part of my genealogy from them."


          Felton's deception worked.


          Not only was he accepted as White;
          other White prisoners also began
          to turn to him for "racial"-instruction.

          He was transferred to Attica, in upstate New
          York, where in the late 90's there was
          already a well-organized racist faction.

          There were 60 or 70 White prisoners
          in C Block, where Felton was held.

          Of those, 20 were allowed to come to the
          two tables in the mess hall that Felton and
          others had reserved for the ''politicized.''

          Felton lent books to prospective racists who
          wanted a grounding in history, and he took
          part in informal debates in the yard or at dinner.

          He drew an elaborate comic book, one that he
          hoped would find an audience well beyond the
          walls of his prison, about a violent series of
          racist attacks by a lone-wolf terrorist bent on
          overthrowing the United States government.



          (Felton's comics told stories of violent Aryan heroes
          ? but he couldn't make his life mimic his art.)


          He was transferred from one prison to another during
          the last few years of his incarceration and made
          connections with racists and neo-Nazis in each one.

          When he was moved to Northern State Prison,
          outside of Newark, in 2000, he assumed
          "an official leadership position" for the first
          time and created an intricate system of
          racist-education and indoctrination for
          `a selected group' of White prisoners.

          ''It became codified,'' he recalled.
          ''We had mandatory workouts,
          mandatory book reports.
          I had a whole curriculum developed.
          I kind of took pride in it.
          It was a really good thing.''

          He discovered that the New Jersey prison system had
          a program in place that allowed prisoners to borrow
          books from public libraries anywhere in the state.

          He made a list of the books he thought his charges
          needed to read and tracked them all down.

          ''We'd all go down to the library and fill out
          these slips for interlibrary loan,'' he said.

          ''When the book arrived, we'd throw one of the
          guys in the copy room at the library a pack
          of cigarettes to make copies for us.''

          Felton's reading list was demanding:
          Yockey, Nietzsche, Spengler.

          Felton's group, usually about a dozen men,
          would meet once a week in the yard
          to discuss the assigned reading.

          Felton had not only found a flock to "belong" to
          ---- he had also become [one of it's] shepherds ?


          The Bomb Plot


          Soon after his release in January 2001, Felton set up
          a small-scale desktop counterfeiting operation
          in his home, making 20's and 50's on his
          computer, using a scanner and a color printer.

          He would walk around the North End of Boston,
          using the counterfeit bills to buy gum or a sandwich
          at each little corner store, trading bad money for good.

          Felton said he was amazed to find out how easy
          it was `to conceal himself' in "the civilian world".

          He would walk down the street ? his swastika tattoos
          hidden under long sleeves, his shaved head covered with a
          baseball cap, and nobody knew that he was `on a mission'.

          While out of prison and still married to his wife
          Lisa, Felton began to have an affair with Erica
          Chase, a 21 year old White supremacist
          then living in Michigan City, Indiana.

          When Felton was in prison, his communications with
          Chase focused on racial politics and a series of chores
          that Felton needed Chase's help with -- mostly moving
          books and papers for his reading assignments,
          from one prisoner to another, through the mail.

          As his relationship with Lisa disintegrated,
          though, Felton's conversations with
          Chase became more romantic.

          In early April, she bought a gun from her boss
          at the car dealership where she worked and
          drove from Indiana to Boston to meet Felton.

          Chase moved into an apartment that Felton
          had rented for them both in the North End.

          According to the testimony of Chase's friend Kathy
          McGaffigan, a racist taking classes at Harvard,
          Felton seemed jumpy and paranoid during this period.

          When she visited them at their apartment, she noticed
          that he had smashed-in the door-buzzer system,
          apparently because he believed that people on the
          street could use it to listen in on his conversations.

          Together Leo and Erica robbed a bank and forged
          money to buy materials to create a fertilizer bomb.

          It is unclear what the target was to
          be, but it is believed to have been a
          Holocaust museum in New England or
          the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.

          He also desired to assassinate
          high profile "blacks "and Jews

          As is the case with many other White supremacists
          ----- his motivations were to ignite a race war.

          An attendant at a Dunkin Donuts doughnut shop
          spotted a counterfeit they tried to pass him.

          The clerk refused to take it and showed
          it to a police officer who happened to
          be waiting in line for a doughnut.

          Chase and Felton were both arrested.


          For Felton, though, the real struggle was just
          beginning and the worst was yet to come.

          The nadir would come two months after
          Aryan Unit One crashed and burned.

          In June 2001, as the prosecutors prepared
          their case against him, the media broke
          the news that Felton had one "black"
          [i.e. Mixed-Race] parent and one White one.

          On June 21, the `Boston Herald `revealed Felton's
          full racial background to a reading audience
          that had already become riveted by the
          strange tale of the "hub bomb plot."

          Felton's "racial unmasking" was
          his worst nightmare come true.

          The week the story broke, he tried to commit
          suicide by slicing his own jugular vein.

          After learning of his Mixed-Race ancestry, many of
          Felton's comrades then agreed to testify against him.

          When he stood trial in federal court, his defense in the
          hands of a Jewish attorney, he watched Thomas Struss
          and a parade of Chase's friends testify against the couple.

          An all-white jury convicted him of multiple charges of
          counterfeiting, bank-robbery and conspiracy and Felton
          was sentenced to 21 years in 2002 for bank robbery,
          conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other crimes.

          [[[A few days later, recovering from the
          suicide attempt, Felton penned a long letter
          in small, neat script to the 'Herald' writer
          who had made his Mixed-Race roots public.

          "By a disastrous and completely unforeseeable
          turn of events,"he lamented, "I have been
          splashed all over newspapers and televisions
          in a major city, with my biology and my politics
          (or the government's contorted version
          thereof) at the forefront of the whole thing.

          I have been publicly vilified and had my
          one 'skeleton,' namely my "racial origin,
          put on display in the worst imaginable way,
          alienating me from the only community I've
          known since I was and undermining the few
          meaningful relationshipsI had with other people.
          This latter element [the 'skeleton'] is in fact the
          reason I opened my jugular veins last Saturday night."

          Expressing the hope that his letter would be published
          "in its entirety without changes or redactions"
          ? it was not ? Felton went on to preach against
          'the "evil" of his parents' miscegenation'.

          "I am what I am," he concluded.
          "Contaminated, falsely condemned,
          and alienated from my comrades.
          But a lover of Nature nonetheless,
          and a lover of the West, and
          ever an unrepentant enemy
          of the Multi-Cultural myth."

          The letter was signed, "damned and
          defiant, Leo Vincelette Felton."]]]

          He [now] states that he no longer believes
          "wholeheartedly" in `the cause' that once
          became his reason for life, but he has not
          renounced or distanced himself from
          his former White supremacist views.

          Reactions to the story of Leo Felton have been varied
          ? many "black" commentators who claim that --
          --- in a race-blind society ----- all should be able
          to claim whatever racial ancestry one likes.

          He has faced disbelief or intrigue from many Whites and
          constant mockery from both Racist and Anti-Racist groups.

          In his recent book ''Interracial Intimacies,''
          Randall Kennedy explores the tangled
          history of "Racial" `Passing' in America.

          [The concept of "racial"] `Passing' ''has always
          constituted something of a challenge to
          racist regimes,'' Kennedy writes.

          [Mixed-Race people who were categorized] as "black" ?
          [yet] appear to be [the racist definition of mono-racially]
          `White' were seen by segregationists ''as an insidious danger
          that threatened to infect fatally the American body politic:
          the passers might, it was feared, 'contaminate' White
          bloodlines by marrying unsuspecting Caucasians.''

          Those fears led to an exacting legal attempt in the
          20th century to define precisely where `White'
          [categorization] ends and "black" [categorization] begins.

          As Kennedy traces in his book, ''until 1910 Virginia
          law classified as `White' anyone who was no more
          than one-quarter Black; after 1910 the allowable
          fraction was reduced to one-sixteenth.''

          Finally in 1924 the State Legislature decreed that ''the term
          'White person' shall apply only to the person who has no
          trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian.''

          This was one of the infamous ''one drop'' laws that
          contended that [the racist definition of mono-racial]
          `Whiteness' could be defined, and defended, absolutely.

          In reality, of course, "race" in America
          has been anything but clear-cut.

          Leo Felton was part of a long tradition of men and
          women who have chosen to move themselves across
          "racial"-lines, whether out of self-"improvement",
          self-`denial', self-deception or simple confusion.

          The questions of `identity' he has wrestled with
          are fundamental to the history, literature and
          politics of race in the United States.

          Two ideas chased each other around and
          around in Felton's head his entire adult life.

          One was that "race" is `an
          absolute "biological" fact'.

          ("It is natural and genetic and entirely human",
          he says he believed, "for Whites to stay with
          Whites and Blacks to stay with Blacks".)

          The second, opposing, idea was that "race"
          is `an imaginary "social" construct'.

          (''I don't for one moment feel like I did anything wrong
          by choosing not to define myself according to the way
          other people wanted to define me,'' he said ?.
          ''Those definitions are not things in themselves.
          They're not a priori true.
          They're legal fictions.'' )


          It is something of a paradox that the most coherent
          intellectual support for Felton's decision to "pass"
          [himself off as fitting the racist definition of mono-racial]
          `White' comes [from] intellectuals like Kennedy, who
          concludes his chapter on "passing" by positioning that
          ''a well-ordered multiracial society ought to allow its
          members free entry into and exit from racial categories,
          even if the choices they make clash with traditional
          understandings of who is "black" and who is 'White,'
          and even if, despite making such choices in good faith,
          individuals mislead observers who rely
          on conventional racial signaling.''

          Felton's subterranean `journey into Whiteness' came during
          a historical moment in which many Americans, particularly
          those of his generation, were redefining their "races" in a
          very different way from the way Felton did: identifying
          themselves, in growing numbers, as Multi-Racial.

          Felton is in many ways ? a throwback to
          a bygone racial trope: the ''Tragic Mulatto''
          of books like Mark Twain's ''Pudd'nhead Wilson''
          and William Faulkner's ''Light in August.''

          [He] was a man at war not just with
          the government but with history itself.

          After he recovered from his suicide attempt, Felton
          found himself unmoored, and to some extent, he still is.

          When he talks about the racist ideas he embraced a
          decade ago, his speech is still rapid-fire and confident,
          even bombastic, full of quotations from Nietzsche and
          the well-honed syllogisms he practiced in the prison yard.

          But when he tries to explain what he believes
          today, he becomes awkward and halting.

          There are lots of pauses and stutters and conclusions
          like ''The situation really hasn't gelled yet''
          or ''It's just a very weird time.''

          Just as he did when he first arrived in prison,
          Felton is once more re-evaluating his past.

          ''It's not a thing where I'm a
          reformed racist,'' he said recently.

          ''This whole idea of falling down at the feet of the left
          and begging forgiveness, that's not going to happen.

          But it's funny how long ago it seems sometimes.

          It's almost hard to imagine the way that it felt back then.''

          Now that Felton has had time to come to terms with
          his "race" being `public', he is looking for a new
          flock.

          ''I need to connect with other "Beige people",'' he wrote ?.
          ''I suspect in prison I will always live among Whites,
          but if there is at all some way for me to fix my center
          of gravity in "something Beige", that's what I want.''

          [Erica] Chase, who is serving a five-year sentence,
          [says] that she had abandoned the Racist cause.
          The reason ? was that learning Felton's `true "racial"
          identity' had caused her to rethink everything. '

          "She was in love with me, and I'm not just-White,''
          Felton said ?''It was something that
          undermined her concept of race.''

          It is exactly the fear that White supremacists in the early
          20th century had about racial "passing" -- that "black"
          [i.e. Mixed-Race] men "passing" as [fitting the racist
          definition of being mono-racially] `White' would
          seduce `White' women and convert them to a
          new and more liberal understanding of "race".

          The greatest twist of Leo Felton's career as a revolutionary
          is that after years of effort to win `White' America over
          from Multi-Culturalism to Racism, the one person
          he managed to convert was Erica Chase, a
          Racist he has turned into a Multi-Culturalist.

          Felton's message was that "racial" divisions were
          sacrosanct and undeniable; his life has showed that,
          in reality, those lines are hard to find and easy to cross.


          Source(s):

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Felton
          <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Felton>
          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=76
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=76>
          http://www.rickross.com/reference/supremacists/supremacists107.html
          <http://www.rickross.com/reference/supremacists/supremacists107.html>
          http://www.whiteprivilege.com/index.php?s=felton
          <http://www.whiteprivilege.com/index.php?s=felton>

          An interesting note on `prison gangs':

          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=58
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=58>


          Related Links:


          On Being Mixed-Race:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1217
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1217>
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2016
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2016>
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1747
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1747>

          On The One-Drop Rule:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1386
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1386>
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1417
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1417>
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/641
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/641>

          On Passing:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1328
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1328>
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1331
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1331>

          On The Tragic Mulatto:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1610
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1610>

          On Multi-Racials who play The Blame-Game:

          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1078
          <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1078>

          Other Examples of Self-Hatred:

          [[

          Occasionally one meets a person whose heritage contains,
          in part, an ancestral lineage which they clearly despise
          and who become so filled with arrogance, ignorance,
          contempt and hatred for said lineage that they target
          their own self-hatred and shame at anyone with whom
          they identify as being related in whole (or --if
          acknowledged-- even in part) with said lineage.

          The recent rise in the "Malevolently-Militant Multiracial"
          (MMM/ 3M) `Racist / Anti-Black' Groups and Individuals
          clearly demonstrate that this `tragedy' is not limited
          by any Ethnic origin or a given Racial-admixture.

          A few more famous of the examples of people
          who are known for hating those who they feel
          represent 'a part of themselves and their ancestry'
          which they wish they could disown' include,
          but certainly is not limited to, the following:

          --- Dan Burros
          (Jewish Neo-Nazi and Klansman)
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Burros
          <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Burros>
          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=143
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=143>
          http://www.nypress.com/16/8/news&columns/oldsmoke.cfm
          <http://www.nypress.com/16/8/news&columns/oldsmoke.cfm>
          http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936032/posts
          <http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936032/posts>
          http://www.allbookstores.com/book/156025372X
          <http://www.allbookstores.com/book/156025372X>

          --- Frank Collin
          (quondam Neo-Nazi of a Jewish father --
          anti-semitic / racial-supremacist and the
          Nazi leader of the attempted Skokie, IL march)
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Collin
          <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Collin>
          http://www.flavinscorner.com/collin.htm
          <http://www.flavinscorner.com/collin.htm>
          http://www.skokiehistory.info/chrono/nazis.html
          <http://www.skokiehistory.info/chrono/nazis.html>

          --- Andrew Britt Greenbaum
          (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=121
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=121>
          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144>

          --- Davis Wolfgang Hawke
          (Jewish Neo-Nazi)
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Wolfgang_Hawke
          <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Wolfgang_Hawke>

          --- William Potter Gale
          (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=73
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=73>
          http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2002-11-27/cover.html
          <http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2002-11-27/cover.html>

          --- Jordan Gollub
          (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
          http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144
          <http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144>

          --- Dylan "Yassenoff" Klebold
          (one of the `Columbine' shooters who was a
          part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
          http://columbine.free2host.net/dylan.html
          <http://columbine.free2host.net/dylan.html>
          http://broncomania.com/shooting/0424mom3.shtml
          <http://broncomania.com/shooting/0424mom3.shtml>
          http://judicial-inc.biz/columbine_killers.htm
          <http://judicial-inc.biz/columbine_killers.htm>

          --- Adolph Hitler & various Nazi party leaders
          (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacists)
          http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/11/1657112.php
          <http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/11/1657112.php>
          http://www.freedomsite.org/pipermail/fs_discussion/2000-March/000084.htm\l
          <http://www.freedomsite.org/pipermail/fs_discussion/2000-March/000084.ht\ml>

          There were many part-Jewish Nazis who gladly worked
          for Adolph Hitler (said to have been ¼ Jewish himself)
          under a "special exemption" (many of these were
          signed by Adolf Hitler himself) in a legal provision
          known as the "Deutschblütigkeitserklärung"
          (or literally, 'the Declaration of German Blood').

          These people included, but
          were not limited, the following:

          Helmut Schmidt / Erhard Milch / Anton Mayer /
          Bernhard Rogge / Wolfram von Richthofen /
          Helmut Wilbe / Hermann Aub / etc.)
          http://www.kamero.net/articles/Hitler
          <http://www.kamero.net/articles/Hitler>

          Vladimir Zhirinovsky
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky
          <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky>
          http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PubAntisemitism.asp?did=131&pid=633
          <http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PubAntisemitism.asp?did=131&pid=633>

          ]]

          Photo of Leo Felton
          http://i10.tinypic.com/2aflo9v.jpg
          <http://i10.tinypic.com/2aflo9v.jpg>

          http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Felton.jpg/200px-Felton.jpg
          <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Felton.jpg/200px-Felton.jpg>

          Photo of Leo Felton's father
          http://i10.tinypic.com/3y3ljsj.jpg
          <http://i10.tinypic.com/3y3ljsj.jpg>
        • Heather Stimmel
          Wow!!! What a mixed-up, CONFUSED, scary and FOOLISH man!!!!!!!!!! I have to agree, though, about his mother... she sounds pretty darned crazy, herself!
          Message 4 of 9 , Dec 11, 2006
            Wow!!! What a mixed-up, CONFUSED, scary and FOOLISH man!!!!!!!!!!
            I have to agree, though, about his mother... she sounds
            pretty darned crazy, herself! Unbelievable!!!!!!
            What gets me is, how little his own father did to prevent such
            a horrible existence for his own son! Truly SAD=( Just goes to
            show that... no matter how young, or old, a person may be,
            they can still be corrupted, brainwashed and manipulated into
            thinking and believing things that are, not only, based on
            stupidity, but also on untruths, lies and everything evil.
            Sounds like his mother was a real sicko, and no one did
            anything to stop her nonsensical attitude/actions.
            What I can't believe, is... that was the early 70's- when I
            grew up! Hard to believe the courts weren't smarter than
            that. I don't know. They're not too smart TODAY!!!?
            Just makes me mad to read something like this... where the child never
            even had a chance and the "justice" system didn't even lift a finger
            to help him!!!! The rest of his life (racist, prison, so-forth)...
            it's all self-explanatory, really, given what he was taught,
            growing up, and how he was treated as a child. This is how
            children like this grow up to be the Leo Felton's, Hitler's
            and Jeffrey Daumer's of the world. Truly appalling!!!!!!!!

            Heather
            ---------------------------------
            Related Link:
            http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2072
          • tlbaker
            I don t think the racial supremacists care what races one is as long as they are a true supporter and activist for their cause. Very sick and sad 8-( Lynne
            Message 5 of 9 , Dec 18, 2006

              I don't think the racial supremacists care what races one is as
              long as they are a true supporter and activist for their cause.
              Very sick and sad 8-(

               

              Lynne

               


              From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
              [mailto: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com ]
              On Behalf Of
              Green Grasshopper
              Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 11:01 AM
              To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re:'Leo Felton' -- A Mixed-Race Racist / Racial Supremacist

               

              I couldn't agree more. The identity conflict many biracial kids
              already have combined with the trauma of divorce, his mom leaving
              his dad for another woman and then his mother putting Felton
              into an institution ... he barely had a fighting chance.
              If he weren't messed up in the head before going
              into the institution, he'd be messed up afterward.

              There are other cases of mixed blacks/jews joining
              the klan or neo nazis. Self hatred is rampant.

              But I'm kinda curious to know why these
              groups want Felton on their side?
              They know he's black and jewish. What are they thinking?
              But why am I trying to make sense of racists....?


              Related Links:

              http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 2074
              http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/Generation -Mixed/message/ 2081

            • multiracialbookclub
              Leo Felton Leo Vincelette Felton (born in 1970 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage -- and who also
              Message 6 of 9 , Sep 8, 2009

                Leo Felton


                Leo Vincelette Felton
                 (born in 1970 in  Silver Spring ,  Maryland ) 
                is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage 
                -- and who also happens to be a White supremacist as well.

                  

                Felton was convicted of bank robbery and of also 
                plotting to blow up both the "black" and Jewish 
                landmarks throughout  Boston ,  Massachusetts .

                The Early Years

                Leo's father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), is a Mixed-Race 
                man whose origins are 1/2-Black and 1/2-White, 
                while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931), 
                is a former nun is actually of Jewish descent.

                When Leo was two years old, his mother suddenly
                announced herself to be a lesbian; divorced his father; 
                started a new life with another Jewish woman; used 
                her personal connections to take custody of Leo; and 
                then decided to raise him in an all-White suburb --- 
                along with her new partner's two all-White children.

                When he was 9 years old, his mother decided that she also 
                wanted to now have him institutionalize (a decision that 
                both he and his father agree that this was unnecessary) 
                and he was sent to the 
                Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

                According to a psychologist's report prepared before 
                his sentencing, Felton now sees himself as 
                "his mother's `social experiment' -- a physical 
                manifestation of ''her ... views about race in society".

                The story of Felton's institutionalization, 
                as described in the court psychologist's 
                report, is a disturbing one. 

                He spent most of the next four years in 
                various hospitals and residential homes. 
                According to Leo, after a few months, each 
                institution tried to discharge him, but each 
                time his mother was able to convince the 
                people in charge that Leo "needed" to stay 
                --- [even] over the objections of his father.

                 
                (Leo Felton's Father, Calvin, who has one White parent and one Black parent
                -- protested against Felton's mother's constant institutionalizing of his son.)


                When state school administrators concluded 
                that Felton did not need further residential 
                treatment, his mother hired an attorney, 
                sued and got the decision reversed. 

                Though Felton and his father say he did not have any 
                serious psychological problems before he went into 
                these institutions, by the time he came out, at the 
                age of 14, he was angry, confused and antisocial. 

                He "felt marginalized,'' he says.

                ''My whole world prior to prison was White,''.
                ''My experience was nothing `Mixed' or 
                "black" or `Multicultural' … Ever!''

                There
                after he committed a series of petty thefts 
                which "he" has attributed to a combination of his 
                institutionalization --- along with his new-found 
                belief that his body contained some varying 
                degrees of "aggressive Black-"Racial" DNA".

                The Prison Years

                He was imprisoned between 1990 and 2001
                for the assault against / attempted murder 
                of a cab driver during a road rage incident.

                While incarcerated Felton began to observe how 
                different "races" reacted when societal stigmas 
                over racism were not in action to civilize conduct. 

                He claims that the Whites in prison were under a 
                continual state of siege by the `non-White' "races".  

                In prison he became an organizer for White supremacist 
                day groups, organizing book reviews and exercise while 
                [clearly] obscuring the fact of his Mixed-Race ancestry. 

                Felton's transformation -- what he called ''the circuitous-
                route I took to becoming 'White,' in quotation marks'' 
                -- started, he said, as soon as he arrived in prison.


                He spent the first two years of his sentence in New York 
                City
                , first in the Brooklyn Correctional Facility 
                and then on Riker's  Island . 

                Descent into Racial Supremacy

                What he encountered in prison was a prison culture that 
                was violent and frightening and racially-segregated. 

                Whites were in the minority and felt threatened. 
                "There was definitely a siege mentality among Whites.''

                Felton began to extrapolate from the black prisoners 
                around him to "Black culture" at large. 
                What he was seeing on Riker's Island, he 
                decided, was "the true face of Black" …

                He stopped telling people about his half-Black 
                father, and he found that his fellow inmates 
                just assumed he was a mono-racial 'White'. 

                He belonged, he decided, on the 
                White side of the prison's color-divide. 


                While he was in prison, he said, 
                ''the idea of "White culture" 
                became symbolic to me. 
                I mythologized it.''


                ''The only people that I had anything in common 
                with all happened to be White,'' he said. '
                'We were surrounded on all sides 
                by `an antagonistic alien presence'. 
                We stuck together.'' 


                Looking back on the teasing he'd received as a child, 
                he found himself taking the side of his tormentors. 

                He stopped blaming the racists who 
                had antagonized him in his youth. 

                Instead, he blamed his parents … 
                f
                or "transgressing against 
                the laws of nature"


                It was easy for Felton to convince himself that 
                his evolving racist beliefs were innate and 
                instinctive, even fundamentally human. 

                But that didn't satisfy him. 

                Despite the fact that he never graduated from high school, 
                Felton is in many ways an intellectual, and he wanted to 
                be able to intellectualize his own racial anxiety, to find a 
                coherent philosophy that could let him understand his own 
                place in the divided racial world that he saw around him. 

                He is a man who likes arguments and diatribes 
                and doesn't like being wrong, and he wanted 
                to be able "to build an airtight case", with 
                citations and footnotes, for his racist beliefs. 

                Felton began reading pamphlets and magazines 
                distributed by contemporary American fascist 
                groups, and he read the writings of Adolf 
                Hitler and various Nazi ideologues. 

                But he couldn't escape one crucial 
                fact in those racist doctrines: ---
                race, for them, was "a biological fact". 

                Felton, to those writers, and to most of the racists with 
                whom he had begun to correspond and associate, was 
                indisputably [both viewed and also categorized as 
                being] "black" (whatever his appearance) and thus 
                part of an "inferior race", someone to be shunned. 





                It was a situation that seemed to Felton not so 
                much ontologically `wrong' as simply "unfair". 

                ''I had an investment in these ideas that 
                most people in `the movement' didn't have,'' 
                he said, ''despite their blond hair and blue eyes.'' 





                Then in 1995 he discovered a book that 
                offered him `a way out': ''Imperium,'' 
                a strange work of philosophy and "occult religion" 
                written just after World War II by an American 
                fascist named Francis Parker Yockey. 

                ''The main thing to understand in Yockey's idea of race,'' 
                Felton explained …, ''is that he considered it to have its 
                center-of-gravity "in the spirit" rather than "in biology"."

                He considered the National Socialist'' 
                -- or Nazi -- ''concept of race to be a 
                product of 19th-century materialism.'' 

                The quote from ''Imperium'' that Felton 
                was most eager to draw to … was …: 
                ''Race is, in the first instance, what a man feels.'' 

                According to ''Imperium,'' the world was on the cusp 
                of the ''greatest of all battles in 5,000 years of history.'' 

                The ''historical  Mission '' at hand was ''the saving 
                of the Western Civilization from decadence 
                within and from the barbarian without.'' 

                And who would take part in this crusade? 

                Not just biologically White men, Yockey wrote, but 
                ''any man who shares the feeling of this  Mission , 
                and any group which shares it, regardless 
                of the derivation of the man or group.'' 

                For Felton, in his prison cell, 
                this idea changed everything. 

                Race was a choice; 
                it was what a man feels, 
                and Felton knew he felt White. 

                By defending "White culture", he would literally become 
                [the racist definition of being mono-racially] White 
                -- as "pure" as anyone else who shared the same beliefs. 


                It was a solution, but not a completely satisfactory one. 


                Very few in the movement, Felton knew, had ever 
                read Yockey, and most of them weren't likely to 
                adopt Yockey's "spiritual definition" of "race" 
                even if they did make it through his dense prose. 


                This meant that Felton was going to have to keep lying. 


                As he recalled …, ''The pervasive racial 
                materialism in `the movement' would 
                require me to give only half-of-the-truth 
                to my comrades as to my own racial-biology, 
                but I felt that `in the wider sweep 
                of things' this would not matter.''

                It wouldn't matter, he thought, because of his 
                intense level of commitment to `the cause' ... 


                ''Under such circumstances I saw 
                nothing immoral in my `withholding 
                of part of my genealogy from them."


                Felton's deception worked. 


                Not only was he accepted as White; 
                other White prisoners also began 
                to turn to him for "racial"-instruction. 

                He was transferred to Attica, in upstate 
                New 
                York
                , where in the late 90's there was 
                already a well-organized racist faction. 

                There were 60 or 70 White prisoners 
                in C Block, where Felton was held. 

                Of those, 20 were allowed to come to the 
                two tables in the mess hall that Felton and 
                others had reserved for the ''politicized.'' 

                Felton lent books to prospective racists who 
                wanted a grounding in history, and he took 
                part in informal debates in the yard or at dinner. 

                He drew an elaborate comic book, one that he 
                hoped would find an audience well beyond the 
                walls of his prison, about a violent series of 
                racist attacks by a lone-wolf terrorist bent on 
                overthrowing the  United States  government. 



                (Felton's comics told stories of violent Aryan heroes 
                — but he couldn't make his life mimic his art.)



                He was transferred from one prison to another during 
                the last few years of his incarceration and made 
                connections with racists and neo-Nazis in each one. 

                When he was moved to Northern State Prison, 
                outside of Newark, in 2000, he assumed 
                "an official leadership position" for the first 
                time and created an intricate system of 
                racist-education and indoctrination for 
                `a selected group' of White prisoners. 

                ''It became codified,'' he recalled. 
                ''We had mandatory workouts, 
                mandatory book reports. 
                I had a whole curriculum developed. 
                I kind of took pride in it. 
                It was a really good thing.'' 

                He discovered that the  New Jersey  prison system had 
                a program in place that allowed prisoners to borrow 
                books from public libraries anywhere in the state. 

                He made a list of the books he thought his charges 
                needed to read and tracked them all down. 

                ''We'd all go down to the library and fill out 
                these slips for interlibrary loan,'' he said.

                ''When the book arrived, we'd throw one of the 
                guys in the copy room at the library a pack 
                of cigarettes to make copies for us.'' 

                Felton's reading list was demanding: 
                Yockey, Nietzsche, Spengler. 

                Felton's group, usually about a dozen men, 
                would meet once a week in the yard 
                to discuss the assigned reading. 

                Felton had not only found a flock to "belong" to 
                ---- he had also become [one of it's] shepherds … 


                The Bomb Plot


                Soon after his release in January 2001, Felton set up 
                a small-scale desktop counterfeiting operation
                in his home, making 20's and 50's on his 
                computer, using a scanner and a color printer. 

                He would walk around the North End of Boston, 
                using the counterfeit bills to buy gum or a sandwich 
                at each little corner store, trading bad money for good. 

                Felton said he was amazed to find out how easy 
                it was `to conceal himself' in "the civilian world".

                He would walk down the street … his swastika tattoos 
                hidden under long sleeves, his shaved head covered with a 
                baseball cap, and nobody knew that he was `on a mission'. 

                While o
                ut of prison and still married to his wife 
                Lisa, Felton began to have an affair with Erica 
                Chase, a 21 year old White supremacist 
                then living in  Michigan City ,  Indiana.

                When Felton was in prison, his communications with 
                Chase focused on racial politics and a series of chores 
                that Felton needed Chase's help with -- mostly moving 
                books and papers for his reading assignments, 
                from one prisoner to another, through the mail. 

                As his relationship with Lisa disintegrated, 
                though, Felton's conversations with 
                Chase became more romantic. 

                In early April, she bought a gun from her boss 
                at the car dealership where she worked and 
                drove from  Indiana  to  Boston  to meet Felton.

                Chase moved into an apartment that Felton 
                had rented for them both in the North End. 

                According to the testimony of Chase's friend Kathy 
                McGaffigan, a racist taking classes at Harvard, 
                Felton seemed jumpy and paranoid during this period. 

                When she visited them at their apartment, she noticed 
                that he had smashed-in the door-buzzer system, 
                apparently because he believed that people on the 
                street could use it to listen in on his conversations.

                Together Leo and Erica robbed a bank and forged 
                money to buy materials to create a fertilizer bomb. 

                It is unclear what the target was to 
                be, but it is believed to have been a 
                Holocaust museum in New England or 
                the  Leonard   P.   Zakim   Bunker Hill   Bridge . 

                He also desired to assassinate 
                high profile "blacks "and Jews

                As is the case with many other White supremacists 
                ----- his motivations were to ignite a race war. 

                An attendant at a Dunkin Donuts doughnut shop 
                spotted a counterfeit they tried to pass him. 

                The clerk refused to take it and showed 
                it to a police officer who happened to 
                be waiting in line for a doughnut. 

                Chase and Felton were both arrested.


                For Felton, though, the real struggle was just 
                beginning and the worst was yet to come.
                 

                The nadir would come two months after 
                Aryan Unit One crashed and burned. 

                In June 2001, as the prosecutors prepared 
                their case against him, the media broke 
                the news that Felton had one "black" 
                [i.e. Mixed-Race] parent and one White one. 

                On June 21, the `Boston Herald `revealed Felton's 
                full racial background to a reading audience 
                that had already become riveted by the 
                strange tale of the "hub bomb plot."

                Felton's "racial unmasking" was 
                his worst nightmare come true. 

                The week the story broke, he tried to commit 
                suicide by slicing his own jugular vein. 

                After learning of his Mixed-Race ancestry, many of 
                Felton's comrades then agreed to testify against him. 

                When he stood trial in federal court, his defense in the 
                hands of a Jewish attorney, he watched Thomas Struss 
                and a parade of Chase's friends testify against the couple. 

                An all-white jury convicted him of multiple charges of 
                counterfeiting, bank-robbery and conspiracy and 
                Felton 
                was sentenced to 21 years in 2002 for bank robbery, 
                conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other crimes.

                [[[A few days later, recovering from the 
                suicide attempt, Felton penned a long letter 
                in small, neat script to the 'Herald' writer 
                who had made his Mixed-Race roots public. 

                "By a disastrous and completely unforeseeable
                turn of events,"he lamented, "I have been 
                splashed all over newspapers and televisions 
                in a major city, with my biology and my politics 
                (or the government's contorted version 
                thereof) at the forefront of the whole thing. 

                I have been publicly vilified and had my 
                one 'skeleton,' namely my "racial origin, 
                put on display in the worst imaginable way, 
                alienating me from the only community 
                I've 
                known since I was and undermining the few 
                meaningful relationshipsI had with other people.
                This latter element [the 'skeleton'] is in fact the 
                reason I opened my jugular veins last Saturday night." 

                Expressing the hope that his letter would be published 
                "in its entirety without changes or redactions" 
                — it was not — Felton went on to preach against 
                'the "evil" of his parents' miscegenation'.

                "I am what I am," he concluded. 
                "Contaminated, falsely condemned, 
                and alienated from my comrades. 
                But a lover of Nature nonetheless, 
                and a lover of the West, and 
                ever an unrepentant enemy 
                of the Multi-Cultural myth." 

                The letter was signed, "damned and 
                defiant, Leo Vincelette Felton."]]]

                He [now] states that he no longer believes 
                "wholeheartedly" in `the cause' that once 
                became his reason for life, but he has not 
                renounced or distanced himself from 
                his former White supremacist views. 

                Reactions to the story of Leo Felton have been varied 
                … many "black" commentators who claim that --
                --- in a race-blind society ----- all should be able 
                to claim whatever racial ancestry one likes. 

                He has faced disbelief or intrigue from many Whites and 
                constant mockery from both Racist and Anti-Racist groups. 

                In his recent book ''Interracial Intimacies,'' 
                Randall Kennedy explores the tangled 
                history of "Racial" `Passing' in  America . 

                [The concept of "racial"] `Passing' ''has always 
                constituted something of a challenge to 
                racist regimes,'' Kennedy writes. 

                [Mixed-Race people who were categorized] as "black" – 
                [yet] appear to be [the racist definition of mono-racially] 
                `White' were seen by segregationists ''as an insidious danger 
                that threatened to infect fatally the American body politic: 
                the passers might, it was feared, 'contaminate' White 
                bloodlines by marrying unsuspecting Caucasians.'' 

                Those fears led to an exacting legal attempt in the 
                20th century to define precisely where `White' 
                [categorization] ends and "black" [categorization] begins. 

                As Kennedy traces in his book, ''until 1910 Virginia 
                law classified as `White' anyone who was no more 
                than one-quarter Black; after 1910 the allowable 
                fraction was reduced to one-sixteenth.'' 

                Finally in 1924 the State Legislature decreed that ''the term 
                'White person' shall apply only to the person who has no 
                trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian.'' 

                This was one of the infamous ''one drop'' laws that 
                contended that [the racist definition of mono-racial] 
                `Whiteness' could be defined, and defended, absolutely. 

                In reality, of course, "race" in  America  
                has been anything but clear-cut. 

                Leo Felton was part of a long tradition of men and 
                women who have chosen to move themselves across 
                "racial"-lines, whether out of self-"improvement", 
                self-`denial', self-deception or simple confusion. 

                The questions of `identity' he has wrestled with 
                are fundamental to the history, literature and
                politics of race in the  United States . 

                Two ideas chased each other around and 
                around in Felton's head his entire adult life. 

                One was that "race" is `an absolute "biological" fact'. 

                ("It is natural and genetic and entirely human", 
                he says he believed, "for Whites to stay with 
                Whites and Blacks to stay with Blacks".)

                The second, opposing, idea was that "race"
                 is `an imaginary "social" construct'. 

                (''I don't for one moment feel like I did anything wrong 
                by choosing not to define myself according to the way 
                other people wanted to define me,'' he said …. 
                ''Those definitions are not things in themselves. 
                They're not a priori true. 
                They're legal fictions.'' )


                It is something of a paradox that the most coherent 
                intellectual support for Felton's decision to "pass" 
                [himself off as fitting the racist definition of mono-racial] 
                `White' comes [from] intellectuals like Kennedy, who 
                concludes his chapter on "passing" by positioning that 
                ''a well-ordered multiracial society ought to allow its 
                members free entry into and exit from racial categories, 
                even if the choices they make clash with traditional 
                understandings of who is "black" and who is 'White,' 
                and even if, despite making such choices in good faith, 
                individuals mislead observers who rely 
                on conventional racial signaling.'' 

                Felton's subterranean `journey into Whiteness' came during 
                a historical moment in which many Americans, particularly 
                those of his generation, were redefining their "races" in a 
                very different way from the way Felton did: identifying 
                themselves, in growing numbers, as Multi-Racial. 

                Felton is in many ways … a throwback to 
                a bygone racial trope: the ''Tragic Mulatto'' 
                of books like Mark Twain's ''Pudd'nhead Wilson'' 
                and William Faulkner's ''Light in August.'' 

                [He] was a man at war not just with 
                the government but with history itself. 

                After he recovered from his suicide attempt, Felton 
                found himself unmoored, and to some extent, he still is. 

                When he talks about the racist ideas he embraced a 
                decade ago, his speech is still rapid-fire and confident, 
                even bombastic, full of quotations from Nietzsche and 
                the well-honed syllogisms he practiced in the prison yard. 

                But when he tries to explain what he believes 
                today, he becomes awkward and halting. 

                There are lots of pauses and stutters and conclusions 
                like ''The situation really hasn't gelled yet'' 
                or ''It's just a very weird time.'' 

                Just as he did when he first arrived in prison, 
                Felton is once more re-evaluating his past. 

                ''It's not a thing where I'm a 
                reformed racist,'' he said recently. 

                ''This whole idea of falling down at the feet of the left 
                and begging forgiveness, that's not going to happen. 

                But it's funny how long ago it seems sometimes. 

                It's almost hard to imagine the way that it felt back then.'' 

                Now that Felton has had time to come to terms with 
                his "race" being `public', he is looking for a new flock.

                ''I need to connect with other "Beige people",'' he wrote …. 
                ''I suspect in prison I will always live among Whites, 
                but if there is at all some way for me to fix my center 
                of gravity in "something Beige", that's what I want.'' 

                [Erica] Chase, who is serving a five-year sentence, 
                [says] that she had abandoned the Racist cause. 
                The reason … was that learning Felton's `true "racial" 
                identity' had caused her to rethink everything. '

                "She was in love with me, and I'm not just-White,'' 
                Felton said …''It was something that 
                undermined her concept of race.'' 

                It is exactly the fear that White supremacists in the early 
                20th century had about racial "passing" -- that "black"
                [i.e. Mixed-Race] men "passing" as  [fitting the racist 
                definition of being mono-racially] `White' would 
                seduce `White' women and convert them to a 
                new and more liberal understanding of "race". 

                The greatest twist of Leo Felton's career as a revolutionary 
                is that after years of effort to win `White'  America  over 
                from Multi-Culturalism to Racism, the one person 
                he managed to convert was Erica Chase, a 
                Racist he has turned into a Multi-Culturalist. 

                Felton's message was that "racial" divisions were 
                sacrosanct and undeniable; his life has showed that, 
                in reality, those lines are hard to find and easy to cross. 


                Source(s): 

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Felton  
                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=76
                http://www.rickross.com/reference/supremacists/supremacists107.html 
                http://www.whiteprivilege.com/index.php?s=felton

                An interesting note on `prison gangs':

                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=58


                Related Links:


                On Being Mixed-Race: 

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1217 
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2016 
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1747 

                On The One-Drop Rule: 

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1386  
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1417   
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/641  

                On Passing: 

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1328  
                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1331  

                On The Tragic Mulatto: 

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1610  

                On Multi-Racials who play The Blame-Game:

                http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1078  

                Other Examples of Self-Hatred: 

                [[

                Occasionally one meets a person whose heritage contains,
                in part, an ancestral lineage which they clearly despise
                and who become so filled with arrogance, ignorance,
                contempt and hatred for said lineage that they target
                their own self-hatred and shame at anyone with whom
                they identify as being related in whole (or --if
                acknowledged-- even in part) with said lineage.

                The recent rise in the "Malevolently-Militant Multiracial" 
                (MMM/ 3M) `Racist / Anti-Black' Groups and Individuals 
                clearly demonstrate that this `tragedy' is not limited
                by any Ethnic origin or a given Racial-admixture.

                A few more famous of the examples of people
                who are known for hating those who they feel
                represent 'a part of themselves and their ancestry'
                which they wish they could disown' include,
                but certainly is not limited to, the following: 

                --- Dan Burros 
                (Jewish Neo-Nazi and Klansman) 
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Burros 
                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=143 
                http://www.nypress.com/16/8/news&columns/oldsmoke.cfm  
                http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936032/posts
                http://www.allbookstores.com/book/156025372X

                --- Frank Collin 
                (quondam Neo-Nazi of a Jewish father --   
                anti-semitic / racial-supremacist and the 
                Nazi leader of the attempted Skokie, IL march)
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Collin  
                http://www.flavinscorner.com/collin.htm
                http://www.skokiehistory.info/chrono/nazis.html

                --- Andrew Britt Greenbaum 
                (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=121
                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144

                --- Davis Wolfgang Hawke 
                (Jewish Neo-Nazi)
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Wolfgang_Hawke 

                --- William Potter Gale 
                (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=73
                http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2002-11-27/cover.html

                --- Jordan Gollub 
                (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144

                --- Dylan "Yassenoff" Klebold 
                (one of t
                he `Columbine' shooters who was a
                part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                http://columbine.free2host.net/dylan.html
                http://broncomania.com/shooting/0424mom3.shtml
                http://judicial-inc.biz/columbine_killers.htm

                --- Adolph Hitler & various Nazi party leaders
                (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacists)
                http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/11/1657112.php
                http://www.freedomsite.org/pipermail/fs_discussion/2000-March/000084.html    

                There were many part-Jewish Nazis who gladly worked
                for Adolph Hitler (said to have been ¼ Jewish himself)
                under a "special exemption" (many of these were
                signed by Adolf Hitler himself)  in a legal provision
                known as the "Deutschblütigkeitserklärung"
                (or literally, 'the Declaration of German Blood').

                These people included, but
                were not limited, the following:

                Helmut Schmidt / Erhard Milch / Anton Mayer /
                Bernhard Rogge / Wolfram von Richthofen /
                Helmut Wilbe / Hermann Aub / etc.)
                http://www.kamero.net/articles/Hitler 

                Vladimir  Zhirinovsky
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky
                http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PubAntisemitism.asp?did=131&pid=633

                ]]

                Photo of Leo Felton
                http://i10.tinypic.com/2aflo9v.jpg 
                http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Felton.jpg/200px-Felton.jpg  

                Photo of Leo Felton's father
                http://i10.tinypic.com/3y3ljsj.jpg  


              • rosanna_armendariz
                Thank you for sharing this unfortunate story regarding Leo Felton, an individual obviously suffering from extreme self-hatred. It seems that his mother messed
                Message 7 of 9 , Sep 9, 2009
                  Thank you for sharing this unfortunate story regarding Leo Felton, an individual obviously suffering from extreme self-hatred. It seems that his mother messed him up when he was a kid. And then when he ended up in prison, that really sent him over the edge. Like I said, prison is a very racially polarized environment and every inmate has to get w/a group for protection. So I can see how a white-looking mixed-race man might end up w/the aryans and then brainwash himself into believing their dogma. Very sad.



                  In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
                  "multiracialbookclub" <soaptalk@...> wrote:



                  Leo Felton


                  Leo Vincelette Felton (born in 1970 in Silver Spring, Maryland)
                  is a man who is of a White / Black Mixed-Race ancestral lineage
                  -- and who also happens to be a White supremacist as well.



                  Felton was convicted of bank robbery and of also
                  plotting to blow up both the "black" and Jewish
                  landmarks throughout Boston, Massachusetts.

                  The Early Years

                  Leo's father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), is a Mixed-Race
                  man whose origins are 1/2-Black and 1/2-White,
                  while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931),
                  is a former nun is actually of Jewish descent.

                  When Leo was two years old, his mother suddenly
                  announced herself to be a lesbian; divorced his father;
                  started a new life with another Jewish woman; used
                  her personal connections to take custody of Leo; and
                  then decided to raise him in an all-White suburb ---
                  along with her new partner's two all-White children.

                  When he was 9 years old, his mother decided that she also
                  wanted to now have him institutionalize (a decision that
                  both he and his father agree that this was unnecessary)
                  and he was sent to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

                  According to a psychologist's report prepared before
                  his sentencing, Felton now sees himself as
                  "his mother's `social experiment' -- a physical
                  manifestation of ''her ... views about race in society".

                  The story of Felton's institutionalization,
                  as described in the court psychologist's
                  report, is a disturbing one.

                  He spent most of the next four years in
                  various hospitals and residential homes.
                  According to Leo, after a few months, each
                  institution tried to discharge him, but each
                  time his mother was able to convince the
                  people in charge that Leo "needed" to stay
                  --- [even] over the objections of his father.


                  (Leo Felton's Father, Calvin, who has one White parent and one Black parent
                  -- protested against Felton's mother's constant institutionalizing of his son.)

                  When state school administrators concluded
                  that Felton did not need further residential
                  treatment, his mother hired an attorney,
                  sued and got the decision reversed.

                  Though Felton and his father say he did not have any
                  serious psychological problems before he went into
                  these institutions, by the time he came out, at the
                  age of 14, he was angry, confused and antisocial.

                  He "felt marginalized,'' he says.

                  ''My whole world prior to prison was White,''.
                  ''My experience was nothing `Mixed' or
                  "black" or `Multicultural' … Ever!''

                  Thereafter he committed a series of petty thefts
                  which "he" has attributed to a combination of his
                  institutionalization --- along with his new-found
                  belief that his body contained some varying
                  degrees of "aggressive Black-"Racial" DNA".

                  The Prison Years

                  He was imprisoned between 1990 and 2001
                  for the assault against / attempted murder
                  of a cab driver during a road rage incident.

                  While incarcerated Felton began to observe how
                  different "races" reacted when societal stigmas
                  over racism were not in action to civilize conduct.

                  He claims that the Whites in prison were under a
                  continual state of siege by the `non-White' "races".

                  In prison he became an organizer for White supremacist
                  day groups, organizing book reviews and exercise while
                  [clearly] obscuring the fact of his Mixed-Race ancestry.

                  Felton's transformation -- what he called ''the circuitous-
                  route I took to becoming 'White,' in quotation marks''
                  -- started, he said, as soon as he arrived in prison.

                  He spent the first two years of his sentence in New York
                  City, first in the Brooklyn Correctional Facility
                  and then on Riker's Island.

                  Descent into Racial Supremacy

                  What he encountered in prison was a prison culture that
                  was violent and frightening and racially-segregated.

                  Whites were in the minority and felt threatened.
                  "There was definitely a siege mentality among Whites.''

                  Felton began to extrapolate from the black prisoners
                  around him to "Black culture" at large.
                  What he was seeing on Riker's Island, he
                  decided, was "the true face of Black" …

                  He stopped telling people about his half-Black
                  father, and he found that his fellow inmates
                  just assumed he was a mono-racial 'White'.

                  He belonged, he decided, on the
                  White side of the prison's color-divide.


                  While he was in prison, he said,
                  ''the idea of "White culture"
                  became symbolic to me.
                  I mythologized it.''


                  ''The only people that I had anything in common
                  with all happened to be White,'' he said. '
                  'We were surrounded on all sides
                  by `an antagonistic alien presence'.
                  We stuck together.''


                  Looking back on the teasing he'd received as a child,
                  he found himself taking the side of his tormentors.

                  He stopped blaming the racists who
                  had antagonized him in his youth.

                  Instead, he blamed his parents …
                  for "transgressing against
                  the laws of nature"

                  It was easy for Felton to convince himself that
                  his evolving racist beliefs were innate and
                  instinctive, even fundamentally human.

                  But that didn't satisfy him.

                  Despite the fact that he never graduated from high school,
                  Felton is in many ways an intellectual, and he wanted to
                  be able to intellectualize his own racial anxiety, to find a
                  coherent philosophy that could let him understand his own
                  place in the divided racial world that he saw around him.

                  He is a man who likes arguments and diatribes
                  and doesn't like being wrong, and he wanted
                  to be able "to build an airtight case", with
                  citations and footnotes, for his racist beliefs.

                  Felton began reading pamphlets and magazines
                  distributed by contemporary American fascist
                  groups, and he read the writings of Adolf
                  Hitler and various Nazi ideologues.

                  But he couldn't escape one crucial
                  fact in those racist doctrines: ---
                  race, for them, was "a biological fact".

                  Felton, to those writers, and to most of the racists with
                  whom he had begun to correspond and associate, was
                  indisputably [both viewed and also categorized as
                  being] "black" (whatever his appearance) and thus
                  part of an "inferior race", someone to be shunned.





                  It was a situation that seemed to Felton not so
                  much ontologically `wrong' as simply "unfair".

                  ''I had an investment in these ideas that
                  most people in `the movement' didn't have,''
                  he said, ''despite their blond hair and blue eyes.''





                  Then in 1995 he discovered a book that
                  offered him `a way out': ''Imperium,''
                  a strange work of philosophy and "occult religion"
                  written just after World War II by an American
                  fascist named Francis Parker Yockey.

                  ''The main thing to understand in Yockey's idea of race,''
                  Felton explained …, ''is that he considered it to have its
                  center-of-gravity "in the spirit" rather than "in biology"."

                  He considered the National Socialist''
                  -- or Nazi -- ''concept of race to be a
                  product of 19th-century materialism.''

                  The quote from ''Imperium'' that Felton
                  was most eager to draw to … was …:
                  ''Race is, in the first instance, what a man feels.''

                  According to ''Imperium,'' the world was on the cusp
                  of the ''greatest of all battles in 5,000 years of history.''

                  The ''historical Mission'' at hand was ''the saving
                  of the Western Civilization from decadence
                  within and from the barbarian without.''

                  And who would take part in this crusade?

                  Not just biologically White men, Yockey wrote, but
                  ''any man who shares the feeling of this Mission,
                  and any group which shares it, regardless
                  of the derivation of the man or group.''

                  For Felton, in his prison cell,
                  this idea changed everything.

                  Race was a choice;
                  it was what a man feels,
                  and Felton knew he felt White.

                  By defending "White culture", he would literally become
                  [the racist definition of being mono-racially] White
                  -- as "pure" as anyone else who shared the same beliefs.


                  It was a solution, but not a completely satisfactory one.


                  Very few in the movement, Felton knew, had ever
                  read Yockey, and most of them weren't likely to
                  adopt Yockey's "spiritual definition" of "race"
                  even if they did make it through his dense prose.


                  This meant that Felton was going to have to keep lying.


                  As he recalled …, ''The pervasive racial
                  materialism in `the movement' would
                  require me to give only half-of-the-truth
                  to my comrades as to my own racial-biology,
                  but I felt that `in the wider sweep
                  of things' this would not matter.''

                  It wouldn't matter, he thought, because of his
                  intense level of commitment to `the cause' ...


                  ''Under such circumstances I saw
                  nothing immoral in my `withholding
                  of part of my genealogy from them."


                  Felton's deception worked.


                  Not only was he accepted as White;
                  other White prisoners also began
                  to turn to him for "racial"-instruction.

                  He was transferred to Attica, in upstate New
                  York, where in the late 90's there was
                  already a well-organized racist faction.

                  There were 60 or 70 White prisoners
                  in C Block, where Felton was held.

                  Of those, 20 were allowed to come to the
                  two tables in the mess hall that Felton and
                  others had reserved for the ''politicized.''

                  Felton lent books to prospective racists who
                  wanted a grounding in history, and he took
                  part in informal debates in the yard or at dinner.

                  He drew an elaborate comic book, one that he
                  hoped would find an audience well beyond the
                  walls of his prison, about a violent series of
                  racist attacks by a lone-wolf terrorist bent on
                  overthrowing the United States government.



                  (Felton's comics told stories of violent Aryan heroes
                  — but he couldn't make his life mimic his art.)


                  He was transferred from one prison to another during
                  the last few years of his incarceration and made
                  connections with racists and neo-Nazis in each one.

                  When he was moved to Northern State Prison,
                  outside of Newark, in 2000, he assumed
                  "an official leadership position" for the first
                  time and created an intricate system of
                  racist-education and indoctrination for
                  `a selected group' of White prisoners.

                  ''It became codified,'' he recalled.
                  ''We had mandatory workouts,
                  mandatory book reports.
                  I had a whole curriculum developed.
                  I kind of took pride in it.
                  It was a really good thing.''

                  He discovered that the New Jersey prison system had
                  a program in place that allowed prisoners to borrow
                  books from public libraries anywhere in the state.

                  He made a list of the books he thought his charges
                  needed to read and tracked them all down.

                  ''We'd all go down to the library and fill out
                  these slips for interlibrary loan,'' he said.

                  ''When the book arrived, we'd throw one of the
                  guys in the copy room at the library a pack
                  of cigarettes to make copies for us.''

                  Felton's reading list was demanding:
                  Yockey, Nietzsche, Spengler.

                  Felton's group, usually about a dozen men,
                  would meet once a week in the yard
                  to discuss the assigned reading.

                  Felton had not only found a flock to "belong" to
                  ---- he had also become [one of it's] shepherds …


                  The Bomb Plot


                  Soon after his release in January 2001, Felton set up
                  a small-scale desktop counterfeiting operation
                  in his home, making 20's and 50's on his
                  computer, using a scanner and a color printer.

                  He would walk around the North End of Boston,
                  using the counterfeit bills to buy gum or a sandwich
                  at each little corner store, trading bad money for good.

                  Felton said he was amazed to find out how easy
                  it was `to conceal himself' in "the civilian world".

                  He would walk down the street … his swastika tattoos
                  hidden under long sleeves, his shaved head covered with a
                  baseball cap, and nobody knew that he was `on a mission'.

                  While out of prison and still married to his wife
                  Lisa, Felton began to have an affair with Erica
                  Chase, a 21 year old White supremacist
                  then living in Michigan City, Indiana.

                  When Felton was in prison, his communications with
                  Chase focused on racial politics and a series of chores
                  that Felton needed Chase's help with -- mostly moving
                  books and papers for his reading assignments,
                  from one prisoner to another, through the mail.

                  As his relationship with Lisa disintegrated,
                  though, Felton's conversations with
                  Chase became more romantic.

                  In early April, she bought a gun from her boss
                  at the car dealership where she worked and
                  drove from Indiana to Boston to meet Felton.

                  Chase moved into an apartment that Felton
                  had rented for them both in the North End.

                  According to the testimony of Chase's friend Kathy
                  McGaffigan, a racist taking classes at Harvard,
                  Felton seemed jumpy and paranoid during this period.

                  When she visited them at their apartment, she noticed
                  that he had smashed-in the door-buzzer system,
                  apparently because he believed that people on the
                  street could use it to listen in on his conversations.

                  Together Leo and Erica robbed a bank and forged
                  money to buy materials to create a fertilizer bomb.

                  It is unclear what the target was to
                  be, but it is believed to have been a
                  Holocaust museum in New England or
                  the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.

                  He also desired to assassinate
                  high profile "blacks "and Jews

                  As is the case with many other White supremacists
                  ----- his motivations were to ignite a race war.

                  An attendant at a Dunkin Donuts doughnut shop
                  spotted a counterfeit they tried to pass him.

                  The clerk refused to take it and showed
                  it to a police officer who happened to
                  be waiting in line for a doughnut.

                  Chase and Felton were both arrested.


                  For Felton, though, the real struggle was just
                  beginning and the worst was yet to come.

                  The nadir would come two months after
                  Aryan Unit One crashed and burned.

                  In June 2001, as the prosecutors prepared
                  their case against him, the media broke
                  the news that Felton had one "black"
                  [i.e. Mixed-Race] parent and one White one.

                  On June 21, the `Boston Herald `revealed Felton's
                  full racial background to a reading audience
                  that had already become riveted by the
                  strange tale of the "hub bomb plot."

                  Felton's "racial unmasking" was
                  his worst nightmare come true.

                  The week the story broke, he tried to commit
                  suicide by slicing his own jugular vein.

                  After learning of his Mixed-Race ancestry, many of
                  Felton's comrades then agreed to testify against him.

                  When he stood trial in federal court, his defense in the
                  hands of a Jewish attorney, he watched Thomas Struss
                  and a parade of Chase's friends testify against the couple.

                  An all-white jury convicted him of multiple charges of
                  counterfeiting, bank-robbery and conspiracy and Felton
                  was sentenced to 21 years in 2002 for bank robbery,
                  conspiracy to commit bank robbery and other crimes.

                  [[[A few days later, recovering from the
                  suicide attempt, Felton penned a long letter
                  in small, neat script to the 'Herald' writer
                  who had made his Mixed-Race roots public.

                  "By a disastrous and completely unforeseeable
                  turn of events,"he lamented, "I have been
                  splashed all over newspapers and televisions
                  in a major city, with my biology and my politics
                  (or the government's contorted version
                  thereof) at the forefront of the whole thing.

                  I have been publicly vilified and had my
                  one 'skeleton,' namely my "racial origin,
                  put on display in the worst imaginable way,
                  alienating me from the only community I've
                  known since I was and undermining the few
                  meaningful relationshipsI had with other people.
                  This latter element [the 'skeleton'] is in fact the
                  reason I opened my jugular veins last Saturday night."

                  Expressing the hope that his letter would be published
                  "in its entirety without changes or redactions"
                  — it was not — Felton went on to preach against
                  'the "evil" of his parents' miscegenation'.

                  "I am what I am," he concluded.
                  "Contaminated, falsely condemned,
                  and alienated from my comrades.
                  But a lover of Nature nonetheless,
                  and a lover of the West, and
                  ever an unrepentant enemy
                  of the Multi-Cultural myth."

                  The letter was signed, "damned and
                  defiant, Leo Vincelette Felton."]]]

                  He [now] states that he no longer believes
                  "wholeheartedly" in `the cause' that once
                  became his reason for life, but he has not
                  renounced or distanced himself from
                  his former White supremacist views.

                  Reactions to the story of Leo Felton have been varied
                  … many "black" commentators who claim that --
                  --- in a race-blind society ----- all should be able
                  to claim whatever racial ancestry one likes.

                  He has faced disbelief or intrigue from many Whites and
                  constant mockery from both Racist and Anti-Racist groups.

                  In his recent book ''Interracial Intimacies,''
                  Randall Kennedy explores the tangled
                  history of "Racial" `Passing' in America.

                  [The concept of "racial"] `Passing' ''has always
                  constituted something of a challenge to
                  racist regimes,'' Kennedy writes.

                  [Mixed-Race people who were categorized] as "black" –
                  [yet] appear to be [the racist definition of mono-racially]
                  `White' were seen by segregationists ''as an insidious danger
                  that threatened to infect fatally the American body politic:
                  the passers might, it was feared, 'contaminate' White
                  bloodlines by marrying unsuspecting Caucasians.''

                  Those fears led to an exacting legal attempt in the
                  20th century to define precisely where `White'
                  [categorization] ends and "black" [categorization] begins.

                  As Kennedy traces in his book, ''until 1910 Virginia
                  law classified as `White' anyone who was no more
                  than one-quarter Black; after 1910 the allowable
                  fraction was reduced to one-sixteenth.''

                  Finally in 1924 the State Legislature decreed that ''the term
                  'White person' shall apply only to the person who has no
                  trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian.''

                  This was one of the infamous ''one drop'' laws that
                  contended that [the racist definition of mono-racial]
                  `Whiteness' could be defined, and defended, absolutely.

                  In reality, of course, "race" in America
                  has been anything but clear-cut.

                  Leo Felton was part of a long tradition of men and
                  women who have chosen to move themselves across
                  "racial"-lines, whether out of self-"improvement",
                  self-`denial', self-deception or simple confusion.

                  The questions of `identity' he has wrestled with
                  are fundamental to the history, literature and
                  politics of race in the United States.

                  Two ideas chased each other around and
                  around in Felton's head his entire adult life.

                  One was that "race" is `an absolute "biological" fact'.

                  ("It is natural and genetic and entirely human",
                  he says he believed, "for Whites to stay with
                  Whites and Blacks to stay with Blacks".)

                  The second, opposing, idea was that "race"
                  is `an imaginary "social" construct'.

                  (''I don't for one moment feel like I did anything wrong
                  by choosing not to define myself according to the way
                  other people wanted to define me,'' he said ….
                  ''Those definitions are not things in themselves.
                  They're not a priori true.
                  They're legal fictions.'' )


                  It is something of a paradox that the most coherent
                  intellectual support for Felton's decision to "pass"
                  [himself off as fitting the racist definition of mono-racial]
                  `White' comes [from] intellectuals like Kennedy, who
                  concludes his chapter on "passing" by positioning that
                  ''a well-ordered multiracial society ought to allow its
                  members free entry into and exit from racial categories,
                  even if the choices they make clash with traditional
                  understandings of who is "black" and who is 'White,'
                  and even if, despite making such choices in good faith,
                  individuals mislead observers who rely
                  on conventional racial signaling.''

                  Felton's subterranean `journey into Whiteness' came during
                  a historical moment in which many Americans, particularly
                  those of his generation, were redefining their "races" in a
                  very different way from the way Felton did: identifying
                  themselves, in growing numbers, as Multi-Racial.

                  Felton is in many ways … a throwback to
                  a bygone racial trope: the ''Tragic Mulatto''
                  of books like Mark Twain's ''Pudd'nhead Wilson''
                  and William Faulkner's ''Light in August.''

                  [He] was a man at war not just with
                  the government but with history itself.

                  After he recovered from his suicide attempt, Felton
                  found himself unmoored, and to some extent, he still is.

                  When he talks about the racist ideas he embraced a
                  decade ago, his speech is still rapid-fire and confident,
                  even bombastic, full of quotations from Nietzsche and
                  the well-honed syllogisms he practiced in the prison yard.

                  But when he tries to explain what he believes
                  today, he becomes awkward and halting.

                  There are lots of pauses and stutters and conclusions
                  like ''The situation really hasn't gelled yet''
                  or ''It's just a very weird time.''

                  Just as he did when he first arrived in prison,
                  Felton is once more re-evaluating his past.

                  ''It's not a thing where I'm a
                  reformed racist,'' he said recently.

                  ''This whole idea of falling down at the feet of the left
                  and begging forgiveness, that's not going to happen.

                  But it's funny how long ago it seems sometimes.

                  It's almost hard to imagine the way that it felt back then.''

                  Now that Felton has had time to come to terms with
                  his "race" being `public', he is looking for a new flock.

                  ''I need to connect with other "Beige people",'' he wrote ….
                  ''I suspect in prison I will always live among Whites,
                  but if there is at all some way for me to fix my center
                  of gravity in "something Beige", that's what I want.''

                  [Erica] Chase, who is serving a five-year sentence,
                  [says] that she had abandoned the Racist cause.
                  The reason … was that learning Felton's `true "racial"
                  identity' had caused her to rethink everything. '

                  "She was in love with me, and I'm not just-White,''
                  Felton said …''It was something that
                  undermined her concept of race.''

                  It is exactly the fear that White supremacists in the early
                  20th century had about racial "passing" -- that "black"
                  [i.e. Mixed-Race] men "passing" as [fitting the racist
                  definition of being mono-racially] `White' would
                  seduce `White' women and convert them to a
                  new and more liberal understanding of "race".

                  The greatest twist of Leo Felton's career as a revolutionary
                  is that after years of effort to win `White' America over
                  from Multi-Culturalism to Racism, the one person
                  he managed to convert was Erica Chase, a
                  Racist he has turned into a Multi-Culturalist.

                  Felton's message was that "racial" divisions were
                  sacrosanct and undeniable; his life has showed that,
                  in reality, those lines are hard to find and easy to cross.


                  Source(s):

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Felton
                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=76
                  http://www.rickross.com/reference/supremacists/supremacists107.html
                  http://www.whiteprivilege.com/index.php?s=felton

                  An interesting note on `prison gangs':

                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?sid=58


                  Related Links:


                  On Being Mixed-Race:

                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1217
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/2016
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1747

                  On The One-Drop Rule:

                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1386
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1417
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/641

                  On Passing:

                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1328
                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1331

                  On The Tragic Mulatto:

                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1610

                  On Multi-Racials who play The Blame-Game:

                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/1078

                  Other Examples of Self-Hatred:

                  [[

                  Occasionally one meets a person whose heritage contains,
                  in part, an ancestral lineage which they clearly despise
                  and who become so filled with arrogance, ignorance,
                  contempt and hatred for said lineage that they target
                  their own self-hatred and shame at anyone with whom
                  they identify as being related in whole (or --if
                  acknowledged-- even in part) with said lineage.

                  The recent rise in the "Malevolently-Militant Multiracial"
                  (MMM/ 3M) `Racist / Anti-Black' Groups and Individuals
                  clearly demonstrate that this `tragedy' is not limited
                  by any Ethnic origin or a given Racial-admixture.

                  A few more famous of the examples of people
                  who are known for hating those who they feel
                  represent 'a part of themselves and their ancestry'
                  which they wish they could disown' include,
                  but certainly is not limited to, the following:

                  --- Dan Burros
                  (Jewish Neo-Nazi and Klansman)
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Burros
                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=143
                  http://www.nypress.com/16/8/news&columns/oldsmoke.cfm
                  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936032/posts
                  http://www.allbookstores.com/book/156025372X

                  --- Frank Collin
                  (quondam Neo-Nazi of a Jewish father --
                  anti-semitic / racial-supremacist and the
                  Nazi leader of the attempted Skokie, IL march)
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Collin
                  http://www.flavinscorner.com/collin.htm
                  http://www.skokiehistory.info/chrono/nazis.html

                  --- Andrew Britt Greenbaum
                  (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=121
                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144

                  --- Davis Wolfgang Hawke
                  (Jewish Neo-Nazi)
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Wolfgang_Hawke

                  --- William Potter Gale
                  (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=73
                  http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2002-11-27/cover.html

                  --- Jordan Gollub
                  (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                  http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=144

                  --- Dylan "Yassenoff" Klebold
                  (one of the `Columbine' shooters who was a
                  part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacist)
                  http://columbine.free2host.net/dylan.html
                  http://broncomania.com/shooting/0424mom3.shtml
                  http://judicial-inc.biz/columbine_killers.htm

                  --- Adolph Hitler & various Nazi party leaders
                  (part-Jewish anti-semitic/racial-supremacists)
                  http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2003/11/1657112.php
                  http://www.freedomsite.org/pipermail/fs_discussion/2000-March/000084.html

                  There were many part-Jewish Nazis who gladly worked
                  for Adolph Hitler (said to have been ¼ Jewish himself)
                  under a "special exemption" (many of these were
                  signed by Adolf Hitler himself) in a legal provision
                  known as the "Deutschblütigkeitserklärung"
                  (or literally, 'the Declaration of German Blood').

                  These people included, but
                  were not limited, the following:

                  Helmut Schmidt / Erhard Milch / Anton Mayer /
                  Bernhard Rogge / Wolfram von Richthofen /
                  Helmut Wilbe / Hermann Aub / etc.)
                  http://www.kamero.net/articles/Hitler

                  Vladimir Zhirinovsky
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Zhirinovsky
                  http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PubAntisemitism.asp?did=131&pid=633

                  ]]

                  Photo of Leo Felton
                  http://i10.tinypic.com/2aflo9v.jpg
                  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Felton.jpg/200px-Felton.jpg

                  Photo of Leo Felton's father
                  http://i10.tinypic.com/3y3ljsj.jpg
                • meticreole2
                  Very much so a lose-lose sitch.. rosanna_armendariz wrote: Thank you for sharing this unfortunate story regarding Leo Felton, an
                  Message 8 of 9 , Sep 10, 2009
                    Very much so a "lose-lose" sitch..


                    "rosanna_armendariz" <rosanna_armendariz@...> wrote:


                    Thank you for sharing this unfortunate story regarding Leo Felton, an individual obviously suffering from extreme self-hatred. It seems that his mother messed him up when he was a kid. And then when he ended up in prison, that really sent him over the edge. Like I said, prison is a very racially polarized environment and every inmate has to get w/a group for protection. So I can see how a white-looking mixed-race man might end up w/the aryans and then brainwash himself into believing their dogma. Very sad.
                  • rosanna_armendariz
                    I agree. As it so happens, I know about this from personal experience. I have an adopted brother from whom I m estranged due to his drug addiction and
                    Message 9 of 9 , Sep 11, 2009
                      I agree. As it so happens, I know about this from personal experience. I have an adopted brother from whom I'm estranged due to his drug addiction and criminal lifestyle. He is mixed-race (as am I, and my parents, which is part of the reason he was placed w/my family-- the misguided idea of keeping children with "their own kind."), and he has been incarcerated several times over the years. From what I understand he has had to go to great lengths to survive the racially polarized prison environment, including faking suicide attempts and symptoms of psychosis in order to be removed from the general population. The last time he was in prison my mother said that he'd joined a White group. I don't know if by this she meant White supremacist, but i wouldn't be surprised. I'm sure he'd do whatever it takes to stay alive.


                      In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
                      "meticreole2" <kahlilc@...> wrote:


                      Very much so a "lose-lose" sitch..


                      "rosanna_armendariz" <rosanna_armendariz@> wrote:


                      Thank you for sharing this unfortunate story regarding Leo Felton, an individual obviously suffering from extreme self-hatred. It seems that his mother messed him up when he was a kid. And then when he ended up in prison, that really sent him over the edge. Like I said, prison is a very racially polarized environment and every inmate has to get w/a group for protection. So I can see how a white-looking mixed-race man might end up w/the aryans and then brainwash himself into believing their dogma. Very sad.
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