Essays

Remembering Tom Metzger (1938-2020)

by James Harting

I FIRST MET Tom Metzger in 1973, when I was a staff member of the Los Angeles headquarters of the National Socialist White People’s Party. Tom had come up to Los Angeles from Fallbrook, and he stopped in to say hello at the HQ. Joe Tommasi was the local party leader. At that time Tom was a Christian Identity reverend. Joe was an atheist, and he had contempt for Christianity in general, and Identity Christianity in particular. He liked Tom well enough, he said, except for his religious beliefs. But those beliefs were fated to change.

Later, Tom was the California leader of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, whose national leader was David Duke. Duke had ushered in a new era of the Klan. He maintained traditional Klan practices, such as robe-wearing and cross lighting ceremonies, for private, internal Klan events, but he modernized Klan ideology and public outreach. Metzger was an enthusiastic supporter of this new approach. He initiated the famous Klan Border Watch to help stem the flow of illegal invaders from Mexico. For public demonstrations, he dressed his men in sharp black uniforms, rather than the traditional ceremonial robes, which, he noted, were impractical for fighting with communists on the street.

Tom later broke with Duke over personal matters which I will not discuss here. At first, he kept the Klan designation for his outfit, but soon renamed it the “White American Political Association.” In time, this name was replaced by “White American Resistance,” and finally “White Aryan Resistance.”

Sometime in the 1980s (I don’t remember exactly when) he came across the book Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Reading this book was a watershed event for Tom. Although he was certainly intelligent, he was primarily a man of action, not a philosopher or ideologue. Nevertheless, he thought deeply about religion, society and related topics. For a long time, he struggled in an attempt to reconcile Christian ideals with racial and societal realities. Might Is Right helped clarify his thinking. He wrote, “[Might Is Right] is the single most hard-hitting exponent of survival of the strong yet available…This book will pick you up, slap you around and drop you to the ground emotionally. It is then up to you to take an aggressive new Aryan view of life…I wish had read this before I was twenty years old.” The book became a Bible or handbook for him.

I worked with Tom throughout the 1980s on a number of projects. I visited his home in Fallbrook in January of 1990. While I was downstairs speaking with his son John, someone fired an arrow through the picture window in the living room. It embedded itself in the wall. Like a shot, an unarmed Tom rushed out the front door and gave chase on foot after the armed attacker. John, Wyatt Kaldenberg and I followed behind. The attacker apparently got away in a pickup truck and was never identified. Tom was not the least bit rattled by the incident. He viewed armed attacks on his home and his family as just part of the price he had to pay for standing up for his race.

Eventually, he was sent to prison on bogus charges. While he was incarcerated, his beloved wife Kathleen became terminally ill. In a rare show of compassion, the government allowed him out of prison early to attend to her in her final days. In time, he retired from active movement organizing and reinvented himself as a commentator and elder statesman of White racialism. His perspective was characterized by two features: (1) He always pushed the most-radical pro-White agenda; and (2) He always insisted on absolute political realism, eschewing all traditional movement fantasies and wishful thinking.

I kept in touch with Tom by email until the time of his death. I am sorry that I was not able to get together with him in person one last time, as there were several subjects on which I would liked to have gotten his take.

Tom Metzger was the real deal. His wisdom and insights will be sorely missed in the crucial years ahead.

* * *

Source: Do Right and Fear No One

Previous post

Slaves to the Paragraph

Next post

Microbroadcasting the National Alliance Radio Network on FM

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
18 Comments
Inline Feedback
View all comments
Anonymous
Anonymous
5 August, 2021 10:57 pm

A few months prior to his passing, I had contacted Tom Metzger. In the email, I told him that it was an honor to have known about him and that his work will red-pill many future generations of ethnic Europeans, young and old.

He replied: “Nice to meet you too!”

Robert Ferrara
Robert Ferrara
6 August, 2021 1:21 pm

Another one of our finest who is sorely missed.

James Clayton
James Clayton
7 August, 2021 9:01 am

John Metzger, I’m told you’re out there: please post that video you made about San Diego television trying to spin an FBI interrogation of your father. Post it somewhere where it will not be taken-down. It’s the video of your father demonstrating the use of “… The right to remain silent,” and the use of the statement to assert that right: I have nothing to say. It’s important and was a powerful tool that apparently is too frightening for some to even admit having seen, much less post online. Willis Carto showed it to a lot of people. Your dad would have wanted your and his work to remain available. https://tinyurl.com/yfavfv8k Make sure someone passes this on to John.

Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Reply to  James Clayton
9 August, 2021 9:24 pm

James Clayton: ...It’s the video of your father demonstrating the use of… I have nothing to say. It’s important and was a powerful tool that apparently is too frightening for some to even admit having seen, much less post online. — It seems you have a preoccupation with that video, James. No one has ever found it “frightening” (though YouTube Jews have banned it). The Five Words – Tom Metzger ! This Video is Unavailable Those are just five very easy to remember words, after all. To avoid entrapment, it’s good advice these days for an activist to invoke his right to remain silent when confronted by the Secret Police in matters dealing with race, But all encounters with law enforcement certainly do not call for citing the five words.… Read more »

Lone Wolf SoCal
Lone Wolf SoCal
Reply to  James Clayton
16 August, 2021 9:49 pm

The “I Have Nothing to Say” video shot by John Metzger back in 1990 has been posted on resist.com. This was a visitation by the FBI during an investigation of a firebombing of the Federal building in San Diego by what turned out to be someone who claimed association with WAR that was not. This person was later convicted for his act. The FBI was using this as an opportunity to gather additional information on WAR associates. What this video does demonstrate is that it is effective to use the “I Have Nothing to Say” mefhod with all law enforcement personal for any reason. You do not need to be the subject of the investigation. Law enforcement has for a very long time not been our friend and your cooperation… Read more »

Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Reply to  Lone Wolf SoCal
17 August, 2021 10:23 am

Lone Wolf SoCal, to James Clayton:
The “I Have Nothing to Say” video shot by John Metzger back in 1990 has been posted on resist.com….

Don’t make James hunt for it. Please provide a link to that video.

Lone Wolf SoCal
Lone Wolf SoCal
Reply to  Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
19 August, 2021 10:01 pm

The video is posted on the main page of resist.com.

Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Reply to  Lone Wolf SoCal
20 August, 2021 12:23 am

Is there no link to it? I don’t see it anywhere on resist.com’s main page.

Camillo Conti, Jr.
Camillo Conti, Jr.
Reply to  Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
20 August, 2021 1:20 am

It’s that big tall black and white picture of Tom with his arms folded near the top of the page. A very small “play” button is at the bottom of that. That picture is the video.

Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Reply to  Camillo Conti, Jr.
20 August, 2021 12:12 pm

Well, call me a computer dumbass. I need a direct link.

There are lots of big pictures of Tom on the resist.com main page. The seventh one from the top of the page, the b&w one with his arms folded, does not have any very small “play” button at the bottom or anywhere else on that photo, nor any indication that it’s a video rather than just another photograph — not on my computer, at least.

Is there really no direct link to this video? Maybe James Clayton is right: this important video is too frightening to make easily accessible online, even on Tom’s own site? ;o}

Camillo Conti, Jr.
Camillo Conti, Jr.
Reply to  Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
20 August, 2021 2:22 pm

Not your fault. Looks like the front page at resist.com was changed since I spoke. Here’s a direct link:

http://eyesopen.cc/video/Metzger_I_have_nothing_to_say.mp4

Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Will W. Williams * National Alliance Chairman
Reply to  Camillo Conti, Jr.
20 August, 2021 6:35 pm

Thank you, Camillo. That’s a good one.

The looks on the Federals’ faces is classic as Tom recited for them the other five words: “You must have a warrant.” The one on the left starts looking through his notebook for a non-existent warrant while his partner watches on, stupified. Hilarious!

The best lesson from this may not be the use of the five words so much, but that John was there with a video recorder to memorialize the incident. Remember, this was 31 years ago, before most people now carry video recording devices in their pockets. If confronted similarly, be prepared to record for your protection!

James Clayton
James Clayton
Reply to  Camillo Conti, Jr.
5 September, 2021 4:37 pm

This is a new short version of the John Metzger video Willis Carto used to spotlight how the mainstream media operated at his Las Vegas seminar to motivate us to do what he did before the internet and desktop publishing. This one pointed-to by M. Conti was edited from the one John Metzger shot and provided to the T.V. network news in San Diego that they then edited severely– not simply for brevity– completely changing the impression. Lesson: don’t provide something so easy to misrepresent. The crisp 3rd generation missing video– the DVD sent to NATIONAL VANGUARD and the VHS sent to the NATIONAL ALLIANCE begins with the network spokeshole’s concealment of all but the very beginning when the agents introduced themselves: the network removed Tom Metzger pricking their balloon.… Read more »

Old Aardvark
Old Aardvark
14 August, 2021 1:52 am

To his credit Tom Metzger did have a family with children.

Travon Martinberg
Travon Martinberg
Reply to  Old Aardvark
14 August, 2021 9:27 pm

And he lived in Hemet, Mexifornia at times.

James Clayton
James Clayton
17 August, 2021 12:32 am

Ernst Zundel and Mr. Metzger interviewed each other and those are probably still online. They were excellent. And then there’s the CNN “Crossfire” interview that undoubtedly is still available.

James Clayton
James Clayton
Reply to  James Clayton
5 September, 2021 3:10 pm

Ernst Zundel Interviews Tom Metzger ( 1992) : Samisdat Publishers : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
https://archive.org/details/ernst-zundel-interviews-tom-metzger-1992

R.I.P. Tom Metzger | Page 2 | Gamer Uprising
Nov 13, 2020
#28

Mencken said”:

Metzger was a guest on CNN’s old Crossfire program back in the early eighties, back when the hosts were the opinion columnist and ex-CIA handler Tom Braden representing the Left and Pat Buchanan representing the Right…

Tom Metzger interview CNN – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqTl9Ley9qI

Stefan
Stefan
21 August, 2021 9:14 am

You are lucky to have such heroic Purists at Tom in America…none such in Britanistan.