Bill White is an inmate at U.S. Penitentiary Marion, Illinois, serving a 25-year sentence for a number of convictions associated with his White Nationalist activism. His Wikipedia and Infogalactic pages provide some background information.
I remember Bill from college in the 1990s. We didn’t know each other personally but on two occasions when hanging out in front of the student union I’d catch him in an open-air debate with an evangelical Christian preacher. He was militantly atheistic and anti-police at the time, not yet a WN. He called himself “utopian-radical” and led an organization called the Bill White Student Group.
Flanked by his supporters, in baggy jeans and a sweatshirt and a grin from ear to ear he made his entrance, dropped his book bag with a flourish, and squared off with his unsuspecting debate partner. The preachers (there were two such occasions I witnessed, a different preacher each time) were no easy marks. Each held his own, and a mutual respect developed between each of them and Bill over the course of their separate dialectical clashes. There is a breed of man that thrives on showmanship, at his best when under the eye of a throng of spectators, and both Bill and his adversaries were cut from that cloth.
Around 2003, I came across his Overthrow blog and at one point mentioned something to him about his debates with the preachers back at the university. He LOL’ed about that, saying “good times” and laughed it off as youthful silliness. His writing was excellent. Much of it was philosophical but he also posted hilarious personal accounts, such as of his interactions with the colorful characters in the low-income rental properties he owned in Roanoke, Virginia.
Harold Covington posts Bill’s letters from prison on his Thoughtcrime (downwithjugears) blog. Below is an excerpt from Bill White’s much-longer commentary on the role of White Nationalism under Donald Trump’s administration, posted on November 16, 2016:
Regardless, what Trump may give White Nationalism is something that we desperately need, if we can be sensible enough to use it: peace. In return, White Nationalism should give Trump the same thing. This would not be the time for White Nationalists to continue to attack the policies of the federal government, even though Trump will almost certainly not be radical enough and confrontational enough — no matter how radical and confrontational he is — for our tastes.
The role of white nationalism under a Trump administration, if Trump keeps to his promises and attempts to pursue a White, working-class agenda and Trump also does not continue to misuse the internal security agencies to attack us, should be to act as a language for Trump’s policies. Our position should be to support and demand further extension of these policies, to educate the people, and to give the people an ideological basis to support further extension of what the government (we hope) is going to do.
When facing his latest round of legal troubles, Bill conceded on his blog that he gives the law plenty of rope to hang him with. He is convicted on a number of charges, the gravest of which involve the posting of threats to public officials. But from what I’ve read about him, Bill never actually hurt anyone. In an interview with Roanoke Times, he said:
I wouldn’t be out here buying and fixing up houses if I had some agenda against the black community…The Jews, I despise. They hate me. I hate them.
When President Trump looks at a list of people to pardon, William Alexander “Bill” White, a talented man doing 25 years in prison over words, is a case well worth a review and a consideration of clemency.