Neo-Nazi group’s leader replaced by this black man who is making them mad

Francis Akhalbey March 05, 2019
Rev James Hart Stern -- Photo via James Hart Stern on Facebook

In a somewhat ironic case, a black man who has emerged leader of the self-acclaimed largest and most active neo-Nazi organization in the United States, the National Socialist Movement (NSM), has made it his personal mission to disband the group.

In court papers filed on Thursday, African-American James Hart Stern, who is the new director and president of the NSM is attempting to use his new position to sabotage their defense in a lawsuit filed against them for their involvement in the deadly 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist rally, according to the Associated Press.

On Stern’s website, he claims that after successfully obtaining the power of attorney as well as ownership of the property of the former imperial wizard of the KKK, Edgar Ray Killen, he moved to disband his klan. He claims that he was then subsequently able to successfully negotiate with Jeff Schoep, who led the NSM for 24 years to give up his seat to him. This was, however, largely due to the pending lawsuit against Schoep and the group.

The Associated Press further reports that Stern, who was at a certain point was imprisoned for mail fraud served his time in the same facility as Killen, who was serving a 60-year sentence for his involvement in the Freedom Summer murders of three civil rights activists in 1964. Killen passed away in January last year. However, Stern’s claim of ownership of Killen’s property is being challenged in court.

As the new leader of the NSM, Stern has moved to replace the swastika logo of the group. He also claims in the statement which appears to not have been updated on his website that he was set to meet Schoeps on February 12, 2017, to “to sign a proclamation acknowledging the NSM denouncing being a white supremacist group or any one [sic] being such.”

According to Stern, the move is in the right direction.

“Any one [sic] that stands in the way of this is really the Racist, don’t say you want change and you don’t give the racist a chance to change. He was thought to be a racist he can learn not to be one,” he continued.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Stern claimed Schoep called the group an “albatross hanging around his neck” and also felt undervalued by his followers.

Schoep, however, denied parts of Stern’s account claiming he only transferred ownership as a result of Stern convincing him the change will get the lawsuit thrown out of court.

Last Edited by:Victor Ativie Updated: April 17, 2020


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