Crossville News First has learned that the white supremacist group “Stormfront” is planning a conference Saturday in Crossville It has been publicized that white supremacist David Duke would be in attendance on Sunday during the week-end long planning conference. We have been working to gather more details on the ‘proposed’ meeting in which the location is not being disclosed publicly. From a website called “Bustle”: Stormfront founder and known white supremacist, Stephen Donald “Don” Black, promised “great fellowship in a still beautiful part of nearly all-White east Tennessee outside Knoxville” in a post, published to the forum last month, announcing that registration for the Sept. 29-30 event had opened. Black billed the event as the “Seventh Annual Great Smoky Mountain Summit.”
In a story from the Knoxville News Sentinel the organizer, Don Black, tells of a meeting on Sept 30th
Stormfront’s Don Black was previously a Grand Wizard in the Klu Klux Klan and a member of the American Nazi Party.
He announced open registration for the Sept. 30 weekend event last month, which will include speeches by himself, Klan attorney Sam Dickson, and David Duke, another highly prominent former KKK leader.
Sept. 30 is also Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
The fall weekend’s events, billed as being “near Knoxville, Tennessee,” will include a Friday evening reception and a nature walk in Duke’s honor on Sunday, according to the Stormfront website.
Black went on to claim that the meeting was not secret, though the forum thoroughly vets new members before admitting them to a private post disclosing the summit venue’s location. Nearly 700 posts have been made in the private summit thread.
It is unclear whether each post represents an attendee, but members are already soliciting the online community for carpool rides.
A website called the Roper Report also tells of the Conference:
Two weeks after the Ian Stuart Donaldson Memorial Concert in Southern California, and the week following the ShieldWall Network meeting in central Arkansas, comes the StormFront Conference in Eastern Tennesssee. Come hear Don Black, David Duke, Sam Dickson, and other speakers, as well as fellowship and build camaraderie with other White Nationalists. Rest assured that no Jews, race mixers, or homosexuals will be present at this event.
WHAT IS STORMFRONT?
Stormfront was a white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazi Internet forum, and the Web’s first major racial hate site.
Stormfront began as an online bulletin board system in the early 1990s before being established as a website in 1996 by former Ku Klux Klan leader and white supremacist Don Black. It received national attention in the United States in 2000 after being featured as the subject of a documentary, Hate.com. Stormfront has been the subject of controversy after being removed from French, German, and Italian Google indexes, for targeting an online Fox News poll on racial segregation, and for having political candidates as members. Its prominence has grown since the 1990s, attracting attention from watchdog organizations that oppose racism and antisemitism.
In August 2017, Stormfront’s registrar seized its domain name due to complaints that it promoted hatred and that some of its members were linked to murder.