August 17, 2009

BNP targets children as recruits for party's youth wing

YBNP annual training camp 2008 - Mirror story

Inside the tent adorned with the Union Jack and St George’s flag, Peter and Anthony are on a recruiting drive. They hand out leaflets telling potential converts that their organisation is not racist, merely “helping to resist the racist colonisation of Britain”.

Their table is scattered with postcards of young, white women draped in the Union Jack, holding placards with the reminder that “nationalism is for girls too”. The pair tell The Times that the British National Party is great for the country and that they are proud to support it.

However, they are unable to articulate why they are attracted to the far-right party, and they squirm in their seats when asked about their understanding of issues such as racism, nationalism and discrimination. They may be simply too young to appreciate such concepts: Anthony is 14 and Peter just 12 years old. Nevertheless, the pair spent the weekend recruiting for the youth wing of the BNP at the party’s annual gathering in Derbyshire, which attracted several hundred families.

Peter, whose mother brought him to the event, said: “Young BNP is just about making sure that we are going to have a good place in the normal BNP when we’re older, and that’s what we want. It’s cool, we play lots of sports and stuff.” Several events at the Red, White and Blue Festival, which was picketed by protesters, were geared towards youth in what anti-fascist groups said was “disturbing indoctrination” and an attempt to create a new generation of nationalist sympathisers.

Young children’s faces were painted with the Union Jack and many sported BNP T-shirts and fake tattoos of crusaders and the St George’s flag. They were encouraged to throw wet sponges at a man in the stocks, who was dressed in Islamic clothing and wearing an Osama bin Laden mask. Even infants were exposed to the nationalist cause, with toys and blow-up furniture in the children’s tent being decorated with the Union Jack.

Simon Darby, the deputy leader of the BNP, told The Times that the younger generation was “very important” for the future of the party. “We don’t think short-term, we think long-term,” he said.

Mr Darby denied that the party was indoctrinating youth: “We’re just pointing out another side of things — that it isn’t a good idea to completely destroy our own culture. We are making sure they know that white people aren’t inferior, because that’s what they are being taught in schools.”

However, anti-fascist groups whose blockade of the event, near Denby, resulted in 19 arrests after clashes with police, said that the BNP’s approach was “very dangerous”. Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said that the BNP was actively trying to recruit the young in a new drive because so many of its members were from older generations. “It’s really dangerous. They are trying to normalise their politics among young children. It is very concerning — do we really want this to be going on in our playgrounds?”

Alongside Peter and Anthony, Tristan Simekins, 18, had travelled from Corsham, Wiltshire, to recruit for the BNP’s student wing. His leaflets explained that the movement provided advice to young people on dealing with “anti-white discrimination”. He said: “My problem is with the indoctrination of Islam. I admit not all Muslims are evil, but I feel Islam is.”

Times Online


Anonymous said...

The BNP site is STILL down (though they do have an Apache server page up)

Anonymous said...

Less than one thousand members turned up to the RWB. I think this will be the last one.

Anonymous said...

I cannot emphasize enough what this does to children - I can only again reiterate that it creates in the minds of children a sense of superiority and entitlement which is based on the colour of their skin and nothing else. Not only does this lead to inevitable disappointments in life when they encounter the reality that their skin colour does not make them better than anyone else but it also leads to terrible bitterness and resentment.

In addition these children carry their notion of superiority with them and they are taught that anyone who is different from them is beneath them – this extends not only to race but to religion and many other aspects of life. Do not forget that the boys are also brought up to be the most awfully chauvinistic and also believe that they are better than females. Women have a very defined and limited role within the organisation which does nothing to support modern equality.

It is also not coincidence that so many of the right wing children are home schooled. This is a direct result of their alienation within a normal schooling environment. These children are actively encouraged to preach their beliefs and challenge the so called system. As a result they become ostracized by their peers. This has ling term and significant effects on a child’s social skills and again results in all sorts of psychological problems.

It is also significant to note that the children are exposed to activities which they would find appealing but which do nothing to explain the underlying philosophy of the movement. I think you would be hard pressed to find a twelve year old boy who was not attracted to learning to handle a rifle – it is so obvious that this is what the BNP is about.

These children are being permanently scarred and the horrible truth is that by the time they are adults they will be guaranteed to be such social outcasts that they will have little choice but to continue to associate with the group of like minded misfits as it is the only group where they will find any acceptance.

In this way the BNP will continue to ensure a group of supporters from the most psychologically damaged people possible.

To quote Stephan Kemp, son of Arthur Kemp which so well illustrates what this does to a child - “Well, Dad, if you ever read this or even hear about it I just wanted to let you know that I HATE YOU!! You have no idea what I went through at school because of you, you twisted my mind and made my entire childhood a horrible misery. You will never understand what you have done to me.”

Barbara said...

I couldn't agree more with Anon at 5.32 am.
BNP children are being presented with a narrow world-view not unlike that of extreme fundamental religious sects. They are being denied the opportunity to explore a variety of ideas and experiences and opinions from which to learn to think and to choose for themselves.
But thankfully children are resilient and have a drive to rebel and to learn. The strongest characters will resist this brain-washing, as Stephen Kemp seems to have done, to his credit.
As usual the real victims of the BNP are the weakest. The weaker children without the strength and independence of will to break away are yet more victims of the BNP, and are destined for a life of missed opportunities.
The BNP are handicapping their own children.

Anonymous said...

Interesting comments from Bev K (who was at RWB) over on VNN:

I would estimate about 600 attended over the weekend, and about 350/400 camped for the whole weekend.

eric the fish said...

Indoctrination = child abuse.

irishtony said...

One only has to look here to see what a wash out the BNP's car boot sales with flags was really like

Jezza said...

Getting little kdis to play soldiers. How revolting.

Anonymous said...

@ Irishtony

Exactly, 700 there? Barely looks like 200 from those shots. What a disaster for the Nazi's

Kev Scott loves The Jam said...

@ IrishTony.....

LoL...... BNP car boot sale :-)

Thats about the long and the short of it! Looking very thin on the ground indeed....... anyone else fond any more piccies from inside the car boot?

Anonymous said...

Were those who had control over childrens activities checked for criminal convictions and sexual abuse ?

Not for nothing is the BNP known as the British Nonces Party

Old Sailor

Anonymous said...

Good grief - went and looked at the photos - I actually nearly felt sorry for them - the turn out was pathetic and their junk for sale even more pathetic. However the worst of all was the freaks who attended - real examples of the master race - big bellies, shrunken tattoos, bald heads and those that have hair have dirty greasy strands. Actually makes you wonder what all the fuss was about. Seems that the bulk of those attending were selling various sorts of rubbish but not too many people seemed to be buying. Actually think it is a huge joke – they would have done well not to publish the photos which just make them a laughing stock.
Anyway, gave me a warm fuzzy feeling to see their overwhelming lack of support.

Anonymous said...

Good grief - went and looked at the photos - I actually nearly felt sorry for them - the turn out was pathetic and their junk for sale even more pathetic. However the worst of all was the freaks who attended - real examples of the master race - big bellies, shrunken tattoos, bald heads and those that have hair have dirty greasy strands.

Did you check the video shots of the UAF?

verty said...

The BNP kids in one of the areas were being taught racial Odinism.

This pseudo-religious brainwashing is so frightening!

Anonymous said...

"The BNP kids in one of the areas were being taught racial Odinism.

ER dont you mean onanism !

Old Sailor

Anonymous said...

real examples of the master race - big bellies, shrunken tattoos, bald heads and those that have hair have dirty greasy strands.

I have a big belly, a bald head which would look greasy if I let my little bit of Barnet grow. You don't think that I'm 'on the turn' from a leftie to a BNPrick?? Scary!