So-called "Patriots" putting up a Front in Kentucky

Bruce Maples (bruceinlouisville@gmail.com)
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Read this quote from a fellow Kentuckian:

I feel like jews immigrants and muslims are a malicious threat to the Unites States and it’s economy that’s why the people are in current state of civil unrest these n!##3π’$ are causing them selves to be shot by the police and Making the split even bigger I feel as if there’s going to be a huge race war and whites will come out on top.  How do you feel about this statement?”

– Vincent KY

This quote appeared in a recent Buzzfeed story about a growing white nationalist group called the Patriot Front

About the Patriot Front

Written by Stephanie Compton

Patriot Front is identified as a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group formed by splitting off from the neo-Nazi group, American Vanguard, after a Vanguard member killed a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

Since being formed by Thomas Rousseau, Patriot Front has expanded to hundreds of members across the United States and in other countries. (You can read more about Patriot Front on Wikipedia, as well as in this story on Forward Kentucky.)

Patriot Front has been active in Kentucky for almost 2 years. Their manifesto claims they are on a mission towards a “hard reset” and “a return to the traditions and virtues of our forefathers.”

Patriot Front activity in Kentucky 

In the summer of 2018, the Anti-Defamation League recorded propaganda flyers that read “Will your speech be hate speech?” and “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Victory” in Oldham County.  Other cities and towns recorded as receiving propaganda in the last three years include:

  • Anchorage
  • Bardstown
  • Bloomfield
  • Bowling Green
  • Bromley
  • Buckner
  • Corbin
  • Cox’s Creek
  • Danville
  • Elizabethtown
  • Florence
  • Fort Thomas
  • Hartford
  • Hawesville
  • Highland Heights
  • Hodgenville
  • Jeffersontown
  • La Grange
  • Lexington
  • London
  • Louisville
  • Lyndon
  • McKinney
  • Middletown
  • Mount Washington
  • Munfordville
  • Murray
  • Nazareth
  • Newport

 

  • Paducah
  • Prospect
  • Radcliff
  • Shepherdsville
  • Springfield
  • St. Matthews
  • Stanford
  • Waddy
  • Warfield

This data is taken from the ADL “Heat Map” of racist incidents for Kentucky. You can view the full heat map and all the incidents (not just Patriot Front) at the ADL site. We have listed all the Patriot Front incidents from the ADL database in an appendix at the bottom of this article.

In December 2019, Patriot Front shared pictures on social media showing flyers that read “America First” across Kentucky in Louisville, Lexington, Bardstown, Shepherdsville, Waddy, Middletown, St. Matthews, and Munfordville. They’ve also shared pictures from various meetups across the state.

What should we do about this and similar groups?

Patriot Front intends to be around for the long game and is committed to their cause. Ignoring or dismissing them, simply because “all they do is put up stickers,” is overlooking the real problem: the ideology of white supremacy and racism that they inculcate in their members. That ideology is not only incompatible with American ideals, it is also a gateway to violence.

One thing to do is to know the common Patriot Front symbols, uniforms, and flags. Being able to recognize them in public — or in your family — is a first step to confronting the hate.

Join organizations that work against such hate, such as Showing Up for Racial Justice, the NAACP, Kentucky Alliance, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and others.

And, talk with your children about the values of acceptance, diversity, and love. Help them to understand how important these are. Help them to reject racism and hatred when they encounter it.

All of us in Kentucky must reject Patriot Front and other groups like it, even as they try to recruit our young people to join them.

–30–

Written by Stephanie Compton.


Appendix of Patriot Front activity as recorded in the ADL database

Date City Action
9/13/20 La Grange Distributed propaganda stickers. Some of them displayed American flags with an embedded QR code leading to Patriot Front’s website. Other stickers included slogans such as “America first,” “For the nation against the state,” and “Life liberty victory.”
9/11/20 Hawesville Distributed propaganda stickers. Some of them displayed American flags with an embedded QR code leading to Patriot Front’s website. Other stickers included slogans such as “America first” and “To ourselves and our posterity.”
8/8/20 Corbin Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Life liberty victory.”
8/7/20 Lexington Distributed propaganda stickers at the University of Kentucky. Some of them displayed American flags with an embedded QR code leading to Patriot Front’s website. Other stickers included slogans such as “Not stolen conquered,” “For the nation against the state,” and “Patriotfront.us.”
8/3/20 London Distributed propaganda stickers. Some of them displayed American flags with an embedded QR code leading to Patriot Front’s website. Other stickers included slogans such as “America is not for sale,” “Reclaim America,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Patriotfront.us.”
7/29/20 Florence Distributed propaganda that read: “America first” and “United we stand.”
6/18/20 Lexington Distributed propaganda at Transylvania University that read: “America first,” “Better dead than red,” and “Life liberty victory.”
5/31/20 Bromley Distributed propaganda that read: “For the nation against the state,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “America first.”
5/31/20 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “Better dead than red,” “America is not for sale,” and “Revolution is tradition.”
5/10/20 Newport Distributed propaganda that read: “United we stand,” “Better dead than red,” and “Not stolen conquered.”
4/15/20 Fort Thomas Distributed propaganda that read: “United we stand,” “America is not for sale,” and “Not stolen conquered.”
4/14/20 Prospect Distributed propaganda that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “Not stolen conquered,” “Reclaim America,” and “Our tradition is revolution.”
4/1/20 Hartford Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “One nation against invasion,” and “Revolution is tradition.”
3/31/20 Mount Washington Distributed propaganda that read: “America is not for sale,” “Reclaim America,” “America first,” and “One nation against invasion.”
3/31/20 Nazareth Distributed American flag themed stickers with the QR code for Patriot Front and propaganda that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit” and “America first.”
3/26/20 Coxs Creek Distributed American flag themed stickers with the QR code for Patriot Front and propaganda that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “Better dead than red,” and “America first.”
3/25/20 Bardstown Distributed propaganda that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “Revolution is tradition,” and “America first.”
3/22/20 Louisville Distributed propaganda that read: “Better dead than red,” “To ourselves and our posterity,” and “Reclaim America.”
3/22/20 Middletown Distributed propaganda that read: “Our tradition is revolution,” “One nation against invasion,” “Revolution is tradition,” and “Life liberty victory.”
3/18/20 Bloomfield Distributed propaganda that read: “To ourselves and our posterity,” “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “America first.”
3/15/20 Bardstown Distributed propaganda that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “Revolution is tradition,” “Reject poison,” and “Better dead than red.”
3/10/20 Louisville Dropped a banner from an overpass that read: “One nation against invasion.”
3/8/20 St. Matthews Distributed propaganda that read: “One nation against invasion,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Reclaim America.”
2/20/20 Louisville Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America,” “Better dead than red,” and “Revolution is tradition.”
1/22/20 Waddy Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered” and “One nation against invasion.”
1/19/20 Bowling Green Dropped a banner from an overpass that read: “Life liberty victory.”
1/19/20 Louisville Dropped a banner from a Louisville overpass that read: “Better dead than red.”
1/19/20 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “For ourselves and our posterity,” “Reclaim America,” “America is not for sale,” and “Life liberty victory.”
1/17/20 Shepherdsville Distributed propaganda that read: “Better dead than red,” “One nation against invasion,” and “Revolution is tradition.”
1/12/20 Louisville Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “Reject poison,” and “Better dead than red.”
1/6/20 Elizabethtown Distributed propaganda that read: “America is not for sale,” “Reject poison,” “Life liberty victory,” and “United we stand.”
12/28/19 Elizabethtown Distributed propaganda that read: “America is not for sale,” “United we stand,” and “Not stolen conquered.”
12/22/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “Revolution is tradition,” “To ourselves and our posterity,” and “Our tradition is revolution.”
12/10/19 Bardstown Distributed propaganda that read: “Better dead than red” and “Reject poison.”
12/10/19 Shepherdsville Distributed propaganda that read: “One nation against invasion,” “Revolution is tradition,” “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” and “Not stolen conquered.”
12/6/19 Middletown Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America,” “America first,” and “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit.”
12/6/19 St. Matthews Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “America is not for sale,” and “Reclaim America.”
12/4/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “One nation against invasion,” “Revolution is tradition,” and “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit.”
11/29/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “One nation against invasion,” and “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit.”
11/21/19 Munfordville Distributed propaganda that read: “Life liberty victory,” “Better dead than red,” and “Revolution is tradition.”
11/14/19 Hodgenville Distributed propaganda that read: “One nation against invasion,” “America first,” and “Life liberty victory.”
11/14/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “One nation against invasion,” “America first,” and “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit.”
11/10/19 Bowling Green Dropped a banner from an overpass that read: “Reclaim America.”
11/10/19 Louisville Dropped a banner from a bridge in Louisville that read: “Not stolen conquered.”
11/4/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda at a President Donald Trump rally that read: “No more foreign wars.”
10/15/19 Elizabethtown Distributed propaganda that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit” and “Reclaim America.”
10/8/19 Murray Distributed propaganda at Murray State University that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “United we stand,” and “Better dead than red.”
10/8/19 Paducah Distributed propaganda at the University of Kentucky that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “America first,” and “To ourselves and our posterity.”
10/5/19 Louisville Distributed propaganda at the University of Louisville that read: “Life of our nation liberty of our people victory of the American spirit,” “Revolution is tradition,” and “Reclaim America.”
10/3/19 Louisville Distributed propaganda at Spalding University that read: “America is not for sale,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Reclaim America.”
9/30/19 Highland Heights Distributed propaganda at Northern Kentucky University that read: America first,” “To ourselves and our posterity,” and “America first.”
9/26/19 Louisville Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you” and “America first.”
9/26/19 Radcliff Distributed propaganda that read: “Better dead than red,” “Money does not rule you,” and “Reject poison.”
9/10/19 Springfield Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you” and “Not stolen conquered.”
9/8/19 Warfield Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you,” “America first,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Reject poison.”
9/4/19 McKinney Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “Reject poison,” “Reclaim America,” and “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory.”
8/25/19 Danville Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “Better dead than red,” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
8/24/19 Stanford Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Reject poison.”
8/19/19 Louisville Distributed propaganda at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus that read: “Reject poison,” “Money does not rule you,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Better dead than red.”
8/16/19 Fort Thomas Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you,” “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory,” and “Better dead than red.”
8/12/19 Danville Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “To ourselves and our posterity.”
8/9/19 Jeffersontown Distributed propaganda that read: “America first,” “Better dead than red,” “Money does not rule you,” and “Reject poison.”
8/5/19 Danville Distributed propaganda that read: “To ourselves and our posterity,” “Money does not rule you,” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
8/2/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
8/1/19 Bowling Green Distributed propaganda that read: “Money does not rule you” and “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory.”
7/25/19 Fort Thomas Distributed propaganda that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “Reject poison,” and “Money does not rule you.”
7/17/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America.”
7/15/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
7/15/19 Newport Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America,” “To ourselves and our posterity,” and “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory.”
7/11/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
7/3/19 Louisville Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
6/30/19 Middleton Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
6/28/19 Jeffersontown Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
6/27/19 Louisville Distributed propaganda that read: “Reclaim America” and “America first.”
6/22/19 Lexington Distributed propaganda that read: “America First.”
6/11/19 La Grange Distributed stickers that read: “America first.”
4/16/19 Lexington Distributed American flag themed stickers with the QR code for the Patriot Front.
3/5/19 Lexington Distributed fliers that read: “Money does not rule you” and “Reject poison.”
2/18/19 Louisville Distributed fliers that read: “Not stolen conquered,” “Keep America American,” “To ourselves and our posterity,” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
2/13/19 Lexington Distributed fliers that read: “Money does not rule you,” “Not stolen conquered,” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
2/11/19 Louisville Distributed fliers that read: “Reclaim America,” “Keep America American,” and “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory.”
1/17/19 Louisville Distributed fliers that read: “To ourselves and our posterity,” “Reclaim America,” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
1/8/19 Elizabethtown Distributed fliers that read: “To ourselves and our posterity,” “Keep America American,” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
12/16/18 St. Matthews Posted fliers and stickers that read: “Keep America American,” “Will your speech be hate speech?” “Money does not rule you,” and “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory.”
11/24/18 La Grange Posted fliers and stickers that read: “Keep America American,” “Better dead than red,” “To ourselves and our posterity” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
10/7/18 Louisville Posted flyers and stickers that read: “Will your speech be hate speech,” “Life liberty and the pursuit of victory,” “Reclaim America,” and “Money does not rule you.”
9/18/18 Lyndon Posted flyers and stickers that read: “Democracy the freedom to vote but not get what you vote for,” “Your future with communism,” “Your future with communism,” and “Not here not ever.”
9/10/18 Anchorage Posted flyers that read: “Money doesn’t rule,” “America revolution is tradition,” “Your future with communism,” and “Building a future preserving a nation.”
8/30/18 Louisville Posted flyers and stickers that read: “America first,” “American revolution is tradition,” “Fake news don’t buy it,” and “Building a future preserving a nation.”
8/24/18 Louisville Posted flyers and stickers that read: “America first,” “Not stolen conquered,” “America revolution is tradition,” and “Welcome to occupied America.”
8/19/18 La Grange Posted flyers and stickers that read: “Fake news don’t buy it,” “America revolution is tradition,” and “Not stolen conquered.”
8/15/18 Louisville Posted flyers and stickers that read: “America first” and “America revolution is tradition.”
8/2/18 St. Matthews Posted a banner that read: “Build the wall, deport them all.”
7/2/18 Buckner Distributed multiple flyers that read: “Not Stolen, Conquered,” “Democracy: the freedom to vote but not get what you voted for” and “To ourselves and our posterity.”
6/19/18 St. Matthews Posted flyers that read: “Building a future, preserving a nation,” “Money Does Not Own You” and “Your Future with Communism [skull image].”
6/3/18 La Grange Distributed flyers. The flyers read: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Victory,” “Not Here, Not Ever [eagle with hammer and sickle],” and “Will your speech be hate speech?”
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