A man living in North Dakota plans to turn his small town into a bastion of white supremacists, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I didn’t have a clue who the guy was until he showed up. All I know is he bought that house sight unseen, $5,000 cash, and had no idea what it looked like, where it was, other than he knew the directions to get to Leith,” Mayor Ryan Schock told the Hatewatch blog.
Craig Paul Cobb, 61, has been buying up abandoned property in Leith, a town of only 19 people. He has invited other white supremacists to live on his properties and help take over the city.
In a post last year on the Vanguard News Network forum, Cobb said anyone who lives on his property would be required to fly a "racialist banner" -- such as a Nazi flag -- 24-hours a day. They would also be required to try to "import more responsible radical hard core [white nationalists]" and become a legal resident of the state so they could vote in local elections. He plans to rename the city "Cobbsville."
"Imagine strolling over to your neighbors to discuss world politics with nearly all like-minded volk. 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?" he wrote.
Cobb has even built a concrete prison, where he plans to "lock up recalcitrant journalists and lefty commies who violate the codes or peace of the community."
Cobb had moved to Estonia in 2005 but was later deported to Canada, where he was arrested in 2010 on federal charges of willful promotion of hatred. He fled back to the United States.
The plan to turn Leigh into a white supremacist paradise has the town's only black resident understandably worried.
“The more the word gets out, the better chance that we can move him out. People are welcome if they’re here to improve our community, but they’re here to bring hate,” Bobby Harper told The Bismarck Tribune.