The white supremacist who tried to create a “enclave” for white nationalists in Leith, North Dakota has failed.
Craig Cobb — who is currently in jail on charges that he terrorized the citizens of Leith — deeded back to the small community the six lots he still has an ownership stake in.
“We finally got them back,” said Leith Mayor Ryan Schock. “It was definitely a huge relief when [Grant County Sheriff] Steve Bay stopped me and showed me that he had the deeds. I’ve got them here in my possession.”
Grant County State Attorney Todd Schwarz toldThe Bismark Tribune that returning the deeds was not part of a plea agreement that spared Cobb further jail time on the misdemeanor and felony charges of terrorizing. He did acknowledge, however, that the gesture did not go unnoticed.
Sheriff Bay concurred, telling the Tribune that “Cobb thought [the re-deeding] was in his best interest. He has no intention of coming to Leith anymore.”
This does not mean that the city will be free from white supremacists, however, as Tom Metzger — the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and founder of the White Aryan Resistance — said that he would not be returning the properties that Cobb previously deeded to him.
“They have not gone lightly on Craig Cobb, so I’m not planning on returning anything,” he said.
Cobb originally intended to buy up as much property as he could in Leith in order to create “Cobbsville,” a town in which citizens would be required to fly a “racialist banner” — such as a Nazi or KKK flag — 24-hours a day.
“Imagine strolling over to your neighbors to discuss world politics with nearly all like-minded volk,” Cobb wrote in a white supremacist forum in 2012.
“Imagine the international publicity and usefulness to our cause! For starters, we could declare a Mexican illegal invaders and Israeli Mossad/IDF spies no-go zone. If leftist journalists or antis come and try to make trouble, they just might break one of our local ordinances and would have to be arrested by our town constable. See?”
Cobb was later humiliated by a talk show who demonstrated that he “had a little black in him” according to genetic testing, which led to some of his fellow white supremacists defacing his home with racist graffiti.
He is currently in jail on charges that stem from his decision to patrol his neighborhood, fully armed, to prevent others from defacing his home.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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