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Newsgroups: can.politics
Subject: [07/18] The Heritage Front: Recruitment
Summary: The League for Human Rights (B'nai Brith Canada) 1994
         report on the extremist organization The Heritage

Last-Modified: 1995/11/29

                   Heritage Front Recruiting

                     Approach and Appeal

Realizing that an openly racist message would repel the general 
public, the Heritage Front has adopted a 'White Pride' approach in 
its recruitment campaign. Flyers distributed by the group declare: 
"We are the descendants of Pythagoras, Galileo, Copernicus, Newton 
and Darwin. Just to list the great accomplishments of our race would 
require the work of a lifetime. No one, no race on the face of the 
earth, has more to be proud of than we do. Virtually every great 
civilization throughout the history of the human race has been 
created by our people. "  

In an era where the victimization of minorities is being confronted 
and remedied, the Heritage Front claims that the White race is being 
discriminated against by a society which gives in to the demands and 
rights of minority groups. In the Front's magazine, _Up Front_, an 
article from March 1992 bemoaned the perceived attack on Whites, 
stating "We must do something before it is too late. Every other race 
within Canada works vehemently to promote its own interests." By posing 
as a defender of the White race, the Heritage Front seeks to hide the 
hatred in its White supremacist message by appealing to those who are 
disturbed by new legislation and ideas. However, it is clear in all of 
the group's action that what the Heritage Front markets as pro-White 
activism is the same anti-Native, anti-Black, anti-Semitic message 
that has always been spread by Canadian White-supremacist hate groups.  

The Heritage Front's anti-immigration message tries to appeal to 
over-taxed and unemployed Canadians who it thinks are incensed at the 
thought of 'foreigners' taking their jobs. Radical groups such as the 
Heritage Front provide a cause to latch on to, scapegoats, and a 'safe 
haven' for the wavering identities of disenfranchised people unable to 
deal with the pressures of school and society. The existence of the 
Heritage Front represents a backlash against Canada's move towards 
multiculturalism and equality for all Canadians.  

The League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada, 15 Hove
Street, Downsview, Ontario M3H 4Y8. 416-633-6224.

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