White supremacist trying to take over NoDak town, moves in next to county's only black guy [VIDEO]
Craig Cobb, to WDAY: "People's comfort level is best when they are amongst their own."
Talk about awkward -- in tiny Leith, North Dakota, one of the most outspoken white supremacists you'll ever see lives next to the county's only black guy.
Craig Cobb recently moved into an $8,600 house with no septic tank or running water in Leith, which has a population of about 20 people. Cobb's plan, ultimately, is to turn the town into a "White Nationalist Community," and in an interview with WDAY, he bashed Jews, Christianity, and characterized the term "hate crime" as "a Jewish term for Affirmative Action by white men."
Asked if he admires Hitler, Cobb said, "I do. Yes, I do."
As a New York Times report details, Cobb's move wasn't the first step in his plan to make the town a mecca of white power:
In the past two years, Mr. Cobb, a longtime proselytizer for white supremacy who is wanted in Canada on charges of promoting hatred, has bought a dozen plots of land in Leith (pronounced Leeth) and has sold or transferred ownership of some of them to a couple of like-minded white nationalists.
He is using Craigslist and white power message boards to entice others in the movement to take refuge in Leith, about two hours southwest of Bismarck. On one board, he detailed his vision for the community -- an enclave where residents fly "racialist" banners, where they are able to import enough "responsible hard core" white nationalists to take control of the town government, where "leftist journalists or antis" who "come and try to make trouble" will face arrest.
But it just so happens that one of Cobb's next door neighbors is the only known black person in Grant County.
Not only is Bobby Harper the only black guy in the area, but he's also on the Leith City Council.
Bobby Harper (right) and his wife, Sherrill.
Harper's wife, Sherrill, also serves on the council. Since she's white, one of Cobb's online posts referred to her as a "filthy race-mixing white woman." She told the NYT she and Bobby don't plan to go anywhere.
Cobb, for what it's worth, told WDAY he thinks it's "wonderful" Bobby is his neighbor.
The Leith City Council has no plans to let Cobb follow through on his plan establish a "White Nationalist Community." If all else fails, the NYT reports that the "doomsday plan" involves the City Council immediately dissolving the town if enough white supremacists move in to take control of the government.
And in the meantime, being outed as a racist has already had negative consequences for Cobb -- he lost his construction job after news of his goals and identity went public last week.
If you'd like to watch WDAY's TV report about Paul Cobb, click to page two.
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.