Secessionist radio show and Southern League president promote lynching in wake of Memphis killings


In the wake of recent killings in Memphis, Tennessee, the Southern Secessionist Sanctuary (SSS), a radio program affiliated with the White Nationalist League of the South, has called for black people to be lynched and murdered by police without due process. .

The SSS’s call for the extrajudicial killing of black people comes as Memphis reels from a shooting and two separate incidents in which five people were killed. Two men, both African American, have been arrested so far in connection with the murders. The victims were both black and white.[1]

While the victims and their families deserve justice, that is not now, or ever, what these white nationalists are advocating. Instead, as usual, they are using these horrific acts to escalate anti-black racism, attack civil rights, and call for the murder of African Americans charged with crimes in the absence of enshrined due process rights. in the US Constitution.

On September 9, the Southern Secessionist Sanctuary (SSS) Telegram channel posted footage of lynchings and said,

“This is how you deal with murderous (sic) niggers who target our people. That’s probably how things would have been done in Old Tennessee, but nowadays the Negro (sic) is a federally protected class of people. Any white man (sic) in Memphis knows that even if he can survive finding that nigger (sic) doing his anti-white (sic) shootout that Biden’s DOJ would lock him up and throw away the key. The (sic) was the real goal of the “civil rights movement”. They wanted to make sure that black people could go on a rampage and victimize our people and that we would no longer be able to unite and use force to stop these outrages. This is what bills against lynching, hate crimes and other “civil rights” are all about.[2]

The Secessionist Southern Sanctuary describes itself as “allied to the Southern League” as well as “white nationalist”, “Southern nationalist”, “pro-secessionist” and linked to a “radio program dedicated to uniting pro-whites”. .[3] On the same day, the SSS also falsely stated that “the majority of Negroes lynched were thieves, rapists, murderers or career criminals in general”.[4] He also wrote that “the police should not take the killer out of Memphis alive.”[5]

From the 1880s to the 1960s, more than 4,000 lynchings took place in the United States. While white people and people of Mexican and Asian descent were also lynched, the vast majority of these public killings targeted African Americans, as the practice became a violent tool to assert abject white supremacy in the post-Christian era. Reconstruction. Blacks were lynched on unsubstantiated, often fabricated charges, received no due process, and were often killed solely because they were accused of violating racist social “mores.”[6]

The Southern Nationalist Telegram channel, a relay of the “thought” of Southern League president Michael Hill, circulated the SSS statement in defense of the lynching.[7] The Southern Nationalist also expressed the ideas that led him to ally himself with the neo-Nazis on September 9, writing the following: “The South has a Negro problem because we have a Jew problem (sic ). – Michael Hill.[8] Previously, Hill had written that “the South will only be saved when anti-Semitism becomes mainstream.”[9]

Southern League President Michael Hill’s (foreground) self-image of a ‘Southern nationalist’ includes Confederate and Nazi flags

As we work to counter the activities of white nationalist groups like the Patriot Front and the broader assault on democracy in the continued spread of lies about the 2020 election, we cannot forget the murderous impulse of groups like the Southern League and their entity allies.


[1] Hanna, Jason, Alonso, Melissa and Aya Elamroussi. The body found in Memphis is that of an abducted teacher and a suspect is charged with murder, police say. CNN. September 7, 2022.; Helsel, Phil. 4 dead, 3 injured in “senseless rampage” through Memphis that forced residents inside. September 7, 2022. James, Jordan, Royer, David and Courtney Anderson. The MPD now says Teen was not killed in a shootout. September 10, 2022. us-news/memphis-police-warn-residents-search-man-multiple-shootings-rcna46784;

[2] Southern Nationalist. September 9, 2022.

[3] Southern Secessionist Sanctuary. Telegram. Accessed September 9, 2022.

[4] Southern Secessionist Sanctuary. Telegram. September 9, 2022.

[5] Southern Secessionist Sanctuary. Telegram. September 9, 2022.

[6] For more on the history of lynching, see: Equal Justice Institute. 2017. Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, Third Edition. Montgomery, Alabama: Equal Justice Institute; NAACP. History of Lynching in America.; Paillette, Charles and David Rigby. National Crimes: A New National Dataset of Lynchings in the United States, 1883-1941. Socius: sociological research for a dynamic world. May 6, 2019.

[7] Southern Nationalist. Telegram. August 18, 2022.

[8] Southern Nationalist. Telegram. September 8, 2022.

[9] Southern Nationalist. Telegram. August 20, 2022.


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