A tiny North Dakota town, dubbed a white supremacist town, is working hard to reverse the negative notoriety this small town is receiving. The town of Leith, in Grant County – population of 24 – is taking on 61-year-old landowner Craig Cobb, who is buying up land all over the town with plans to turn Leith “into an all-white white supremacist community and control local government,” reports Fox News on Sept 20.
One of those fighting back is Lee Cook, a Leith City Council member, who is calling for both monetary and moral support from people across his state.
“We need people from across the state to come alongside of us and show support that they don’t believe in what this guy is doing,” Cook said. “There are a lot of people who could speak up. It’s not tricky. Silence, to me, means that whatever he’s doing is OK.”
Cobb’s one-man plan is getting attention from like-minded haters across the nation, including Jeff Schoep, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi and head of the National Socialist Movement.
“The Constitution was written by white men alone. Therefore, it was intended for whites alone,” Schoep said.
Fox News says “Cobb spends his days in his ramshackle two-story home with no running water, posting online comments advocating for white supremacists to join his settlement.”
Speaking of his desire to take legal control of the town, Cobb said, “I only need 17 people. You have to have a majority to win an election. If we get 22 we've got a landslide.”
Supporters against the likes of Cobb, such as Jeremy Kelly of Bismarck, are hoping that peaceful rallies held in Leith will draw enough support to stop Cobb.
“We cannot accept this racist hatred they are bringing here. Leith is in a crisis and is crying out for help,” Kelly said. “We need to show the Nazis that they are absolutely not wanted there.”
According to the Bismarck Tribune, the town of Leith has established a legal defense fund. “Anyone who wants to make a donation can send it to City of Leith Legal Defense Fund, Grant County State Bank, 202 N. Main St., Carson, N.D. 58529,” the Tribune says.