Craig Paul Cobb, 61, has purchased a home and 12 vacant properties in Leith, North Dakota — a town of just 19 people — in an attempt to establish an all-Neo-Nazi city with "likeminded volk," according to Raw Story. Cobb, who was previously arrested in Canada on charges of the willful promotion of hatred, likely chose the area because North Dakota is 90% white and Leith's county, Grant, is 97%.
In a post on Vanguard News Network Forum in May of 2012, Cobb detailed the requirements of setting up camp on the property:
1. Always (24 hrs a day) fly at least one racialist banner: examples—Nazi flags, Creativity flags, SA triple 7 flags etc. The larger the better. It would be best if your flag(s) were spotlighted during night time hours. I may be able to provide fresh ones say, 4 times per year. (Or I may let you pay and get your own).
2. Try your best to import more responsible radical hard core WN.
"Pioneer Little Europe" has been floating as a concept among White Nationalists since 2001, and was last attempted by April Gaede (mother of infamous White Supremacist singing twins Prussian Blue) in Montana. However, Cobb's efforts have come significantly farther than Gaede's.
Understandably, Mayor Ryan Schock's office has been deluged with calls — not least from Sherrill and Bobby Harper, the latter being the only black resident of Leith. The couple has come under attack and received threats since speaking to the Bismark Tribune about living in a town deluged by White Nationalists. On one message board, a user called Sherrill "a … race-mixing white woman [who has] no place in a White nation." (She replies: I'm not sorry it's out there. The more people who know, the better.")
Cobb isn't a garden-variety powerless hate-monger, either: according to extremism expert and Hatewatch editor Mark Potok, "He's one of the most vicious neo-Nazi activists around." How was Cobb able to secure his purchases of these 13 properties before anyone figured out who he was or what his plan was? That might be the most disturbing part. Not that it's by a landslide, as you can see in Cobb's mission statement:
"For starters, we could declare a Mexican illegal invaders and Israeli Mossad/IDF spies no-go zone. If leftist journalists or antis come and try to make trouble, they just might break one of our local ordinances and would have to be arrested by our town constable. See?"
He's also forged a prision unit, intended to
“lock up recalcitrant journalists and lefty commies who violate the codes or peace of the community.”
Potok predicts that Cobb's plan will fall apart now that it's been exposed.