The tiny town of Leith, North Dakota is being targeted by a white supremacist and neo-Nazi with a plan to move others like him into the area to take over the area and make it their base of operation. For some reason, some of the locals have a problem with that.
Craig Paul Cobb, 61, who has been called one of the most extreme white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the country, has purchased 13 lots in the mostly abandoned town of Leith with plans to fill the town with other racists and haters and eventually take over the community.
Cobb himself lives in a small house in Leith and residents knew he was buying up other lots last year. It wasn’t until the past few days that they learned of his scheme to turn Leith into a white nationalists’ community, where people could fly Nazi flags and other racial banners, take over the city through elections and write their own laws…
Mayor Ryan Schock said his phone has been “ringing off the hook” since the Tribune broke the story Wednesday night, with many of the calls from area residents wanting to know what’s going on.
“Everybody’s wound up,” the mayor said.
People in the community of 19 are still trying to figure out what they can or should do about the situation, he said…
The fact that Cobb was able to buy so much property in Leith before anyone realized what he represents is the most successful attempt so far to create an all-white enclave, Potok said.
Cobb is trying to turn Leith into a Pioneer Little Europe, an all-white vision that’s been around since 2001, Potok said.
He said others have tried to create white enclaves — notably April Gaebe’s attempt in Kalispell, Mont., but have not gotten nearly as far as Cobb has gotten in Leith.
“This is much further advanced than anything we’ve seen,” Potok said.
He said it’s likely Cobb picked Leith because North Dakota is 90 percent white and Grant County is 97 percent white, according to the U.S. census.
Other factors that make it attractive are cheap land, few people to stand up to a takeover and employment in the Bakken oil patch.
Very disturbing. And there’s a local mixed-race couple that is very concerned about it:
Leith is home to a mixed race couple, Bobby and Sherrill Harper, who spoke to the Tribune about living in town targeted by white nationalists.
Harper said she and her husband were vilified in a white activism Internet site stormfront.org as a result of the Tribune story, with one writer saying, “a … race-mixing White woman like her has no place in a White nation.”
I don’t know what kind of measures could be taken legally to prevent this, since buying property is not against the law.