Identity Evropa

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Identity Evropa is a neo-Nazi[4][5][6][7][8] and white supremacist organization established in March 2016.[9][10][11] The group is identified as a white supremacist organization by the Anti-Defamation League[12] and is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.[13][14]

Several members of Identity Evropa, such as former leader Eli Mosley, have praised Nazi Germany and the "Nazification of America".[8] Significant amounts of the group have also adopted anti-capitalist and left-wing positions on economics.[8][15][16]

In an attempt to boost its numbers, Identity Evropa has allied itself with the broader white nationalist alt-right and identitarian movements,[9] and the group particularly targets college campuses,[17] by distributing slogans on fliers, posters, and stickers.[18][9][10] It has been seen as one of several groups contributing to the rapid growth of white nationalism in the U.S. since 2015.[17][19][20]

Identity Evropa
The Dragon's Eye (symbol) is the symbol of Identity Evropa
Motto You will not replace us! [1]
Formation March 2016
Founder Nathan Damigo
Type Alt-right
White nationalism
White supremacism
  • To spread support for white nationalism
Key people
  • Founder and leader Nathan Damigo (2016 - Aug. 2017)
  • Leader Elliot Kline (Aug. 2017 - Nov. 2017) [2]
  • Leader Patrick Casey (Nov. 2017- Present)[2]
  • Rise Above Movement [3]


The organization's founder, Nathan Damigo, is a self-described member of the identitarian movement.[20] Damigo grew up in San Jose, California,[20] and was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 2004 to 2007.[9] In November 2007, Damigo robbed a La Mesa, California, taxicab driver at gunpoint, believing that the man was Iraqi.[9][21] Damigo was convicted of armed robbery and was incarcerated for a year in county jail and four years in state prison.[20][9] He said of the event that "it's something that I'm certainly not proud of," attributing his behavior to "major issues" after returning from Iraq.[20]

In prison, Damigo began to read works by far-right figures, including former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke.[20][9] He was also influenced by J. Philippe Rushton and Nicholas Wade.[9] After being released from prison in 2014,[22] Damigo led the National Youth Front,[22][9] the youth wing of the American Freedom Party.[9] The group was classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti-Defamation League,[22] with the SPLC reporting that it was founded by "racist Southern California skinheads that aims to deport immigrants and return the United States to white rule."[9] The National Youth Front later disbanded.[22][9] Damigo founded Identity Evropa in March 2016.[9]

In the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally, the leadership position passed onto Elliot Kline, aka Eli Mosley.[2] The group participated in the planning for the October 19, 2017 speech by Richard B. Spencer, a white supremacist, at the University of Florida, where Mosley also spoke. In addition to Spencer and Mosley, the speakers included Mike Enoch, a white nationalist blogger.[23][24] The event drew about 2,500 protestors, vastly outnumbering Spencer's supporters.[25][26]


Identity Evropa is a white supremacist group;[10][9][27] the organization and its leader Damigo espouse white supremacist[28] and white separatist views.[22][29] The group endorses racial segregation.[27] It "bills itself as a 'generation of awakened Europeans' who 'oppose those who would defame our history and rich cultural heritage'".[9] Damigo describes it as "an identitarian organization"[18] and says that the group's aim is to "act as a fifth column, over time shifting the edifice of our political establishment" in favor of what he describes as "pro-white" interests.[30] Identity Evropa's spokesman and director of administration, Reinhard Wolff, states that Identity Evropa is engaged in a "culture war" in an effort to create a "90 percent white" America.[29]

The white supremacist slogan "You will not replace us" originated from the group, according to the Anti-Defamation League, after Damigo and other members of Identity Evropa appeared on camera chanting the words during LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner's HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US project at New York's Museum of the Moving Image in February 2017.[31]

Identity Evropa excludes Jews from membership because Damigo regards Jews as non-white.[18][32] Only those "of European, non-Semitic heritage" may join the group.[9] Damigo claims that "Jewish power, Jewish influence" has "been extraordinarily negative for people of European heritage".[18] He has refused to say whether he acknowledges the Holocaust.[32][18]

The Anti-Defamation League has labeled Identity Evropa a white supremacist group,[33] and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks extremist groups in the United States, has designated it as a hate group.[34][35] Their campus-centric advertising posters depict photos of classical greek sculptures of men overlaid with various short slogans which urge whites to embrace cultural elitism. Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, states, "Identity Evropa is merely the latest iteration of the white-supremacist movement. Although you might think, based on their propaganda, that they're all about Plato and Aristotle and Socrates, in fact they're merely a gussied-up version of the Klan."[30] Anna North, writing in the New York Times, states that the group promotes racism under the guise of white racial pride and cultural identity for those who are of European ancestry.[36]


In December 2016, the group had roughly 200 members.[22] In a February 2017 interview, Damigo claimed a membership of 300.[18] The group has distributed fliers at on dozens of colleges campuses, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, UCLA, Penn State, Ohio State, and the University of Washington.[10][18][34] At Ohio State, the group has considered seeking recognized student organization status.[33] The group's "#ProjectSiege" aims to "siege" college campuses with literature[33] in order to combat what Damigo describes as a "false anti-white narrative" by teachers, whom Damigo calls "charlatans."[30]

In late 2016, Damigo and Identity Evropa members traveled to Washington, D.C., for a post-election conference hosted by the white supremacist National Policy Institute, at which keynote speaker Richard B. Spencer and several other attendees rendered a Nazi salute.[22]

During the 2017 Berkeley protests, Damigo punched a young woman, captured on video that subsequently went viral.[37] Footage showed Damigo punching the woman in the face, then running away into the crowd.[28] The attack prompted calls for Damigo's arrest or expulsion from Cal State Stanislaus, where he is a student; the university subsequently said that it was investigating Damigo.[28]

Damigo has been identified as a leader in the August 2017 Unite the Right rally. A news source that has interviewed him states that "Damigo has made these rallies a key driver for recruiting new members of the group."[38]

See also


  1. ^ "White Supremacists Have A New Slogan: 'You Will Not Replace Us'".
  2. ^ a b [1], Hatewatch, Southern Poverty Law Center, September 26, 2017
  3. ^ Blades, Lincoln Anthony. "White Supremacists Don't Deserve Hugs". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  4. ^ "Meet the neo-Nazi coming to put up white pride posters on your campus". The Tab US. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  5. ^ Baratti, Nina. "Stockton Investigating Unapproved White Supremacy Group Fliers on Campus". Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  6. ^ Kitchen, Sean. "Millersville Releases Images of Identity Evropa Members Who Put Recruitment Posters on Campus". Millersville officials then released a canned statement that the signs that “espouse white supremacist and neo-Nazi philosophies ” do not fall in line with their university branded “EPPIC” campus values.
  7. ^ "Victim of Alt-Right Attacks at Berkeley Trump Rally Speaks Out". teleSUR. In one of several videos from the Patriot's Day event, prominent neo-Nazi Nathan Damigo is seen running into and sucker-punching a young woman in her face. Damigo — a 30-year-old California State University, Stanislaus student, former felon and organizer of neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa
  8. ^ a b c Kelley, Brendan (27 November 2017). "Identity Evropa's Controversial New Ringleader". Southern Poverty Law Center. But not that long ago, in spring of this year, Mosley a/k/a Kline wasn’t shy about the bigotry in his polemics whatsoever. In a report for Andrew Anglin’s Daily Stormer about a pro-Trump demonstration in March, Mosley wrote, “In Philadelphia, the city of faggotry love, played out an alliance between the Nazi led marchers and local police departments against their oven-dodging enemies… Spoiler, the Nazis won bigly.” He continues, “This is a sign that we have moved into a new era in the Nazification of America. Normie Trump supporters are becoming racially aware and Jew Wise.”
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  10. ^ a b c d Dugan Arnett (March 31, 2017). "For white nationalists, college campuses are a new recruiting ground". Boston Globe.
  11. ^ Jones, Abigail (September 11, 2017). "Charlottesville are Coming back with a Vengeance". Newsweek. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  12. ^ Susan Svrluga, 'Unprecedented effort' by 'white supremacists' to recruit and target college students, group claims, Washington Post (March 6, 2017).
  13. ^ Abigail Hauslohner (February 15, 2017). "Southern Poverty Law Center says American hate groups are on the rise". Washington Post.
  14. ^ Sara Ganim, Chris Welch & Nathaniel Meyersohnl (February 15, 2017). "'A resurgence of white nationalism': Hate groups spiked in 2016". CNN.
  15. ^ Minkowitz, Donna (8 December 2017). "The Racist Right Looks Left". The Nation. Unknown parameter |Quotes= ignored (help)
  16. ^ Burley, Shane. "As the Alt-Right Strays From Its Roots, Will It Turn to Open Fascism?". Truthout. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  17. ^ a b Abigail Hauslohner (February 15, 2017). "Southern Poverty Law Center says American hate groups are on the rise". Washington Post.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g Harry Shukman (February 15, 2017). "Meet the neo-Nazi coming to put up white pride posters on your campus". The Tab US.
  19. ^ Sara Ganim, Chris Welch & Nathaniel Meyersohnl (February 15, 2017). "'A resurgence of white nationalism': Hate groups spiked in 2016". CNN.
  20. ^ a b c d e f Alexis Terrazas & Atticus Morris. "Alternate Reality: Growing acceptance of white nationalism in Trump's America". El Tecolote. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  21. ^ Sepulveda, John; Johnson, Bert (August 14, 2017). "Berkeley was training ground for some in Charlottesville protests — Berkeleyside". Berkeleyside. Retrieved August 16, 2017. During a psychological evaluation conducted for the court as part of the criminal case, Damigo said he attacked the cab driver, Changiz Ezzatyar, because he mistook him for an Iraqi.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g Alex MacLean, White nationalist leader not from Sonora, Union Democrat (December 14, 2016).
  23. ^ "WATCH: Richard Spencer gets drowned out by boos at UF speech". 19 October 2017.
  24. ^ "'Go home, racist!' Richard Spencer shouted down at University of Florida speech", USA Today
  25. ^ "Richard Spencer Shouted Down in Florida, Cuts his Speech Short", Newsweek
  26. ^ "Behind-scenes logistics at protest let officers control chaos", The Gainesville Sun
  27. ^ a b Cecilia Saixue Watt, Redneck Revolt: the armed leftwing group that wants to stamp out fascism, The Guardian (July 11, 2017).
  28. ^ a b c Branson-Potts, Hailey (2017-04-17). "Cal State Stanislaus to investigate white supremacist student who punched woman in Berkeley melee". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  29. ^ a b Mike Anderson, Pro-white group puts up posters at Mines and BHSU, Rapid City Journal (March 5, 2017).
  30. ^ a b c Nestel, M. L. (October 10, 2016). "Veteran Posts Signs at Colleges Telling Whites to Be 'Great Again'". The Daily Beast.
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  33. ^ a b c "White 'Identitarian' Group Identity Evropa Considers Seeking Student Org Recognition". Onward State. April 13, 2017.
  34. ^ a b "White supremacist posters appear at 2 South Dakota colleges". Associated Press. March 5, 2017.
  35. ^ "White Nationalist". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  36. ^ North, Anna (February 16, 2017). "'Let's Become Great Again,' the Flyers Said". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  37. ^ Christin Ayers, Viral Video Shows Student White Supremacist Sucker-Punch Berkeley Anti-Trump Protester, CBS San Francisco (KPIX-TV/KCBS) (April 16, 2017).
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