Gary Schipper

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Gary Schipper (born 1952)[1] is a white supremacist and was a prominent member of the Canadian neo-Nazi Heritage Front which disbanded around 2005. He is best known for having been the Heritage Front's public voice in the early 1990s, acting as its spokesman in interviews and recording messages for telephonic broadcast on the group's controversial telephone hotline.[2]

The telephone messages resulted in the Heritage Front being brought before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for communicating racial hate messages. Schipper defended the messages saying "Our hot line is not illegal, [t]he hot line's a romper room, it's politically incorrect. If you want a little humour, a little satire, call the hot line." [3]

His high profile as a proponent of racism in the early 1990s culminated in a June 1993 demonstration outside his house by 175 supporters of Anti-Racist Action in which rocks and paint were thrown at Schipper's residence breaking windows and causing property damage.[4] The demonstration assembled in a downtown park and was expected by white supremacists to be heading to the house of Ernst Zündel who had gathered at the Carlton Street property and were surprised to learn later of the protest's true destination.[5] Heritage Front leader Wolfgang Droege was "enraged"[5] by the attack and reportedly vowed revenge saying "From now on, if that's the way they want to play the game, that's fine."[5]

That evening, approximately 30 to 40 Heritage Front members attacked Anti-Racist Action supporters at Sneaky Dee's bar, a popular hang-out for anti-racists. According to a bar employee, the white supremacists "stomped all over people" and "They just went crazy. They wanted to kill anybody. There were riot cops everywhere and a lot of glass flying around. Cops were tackling guys all over the place."[6]

Front leader Droege and leading members Peter Mitrevski and Christopher Newhook was criminally charged with aggravated assault and weapons offences as a result of the melee[7][8]

The legal problems and jail sentences stemming from the aftermath of the attack on Schipper's house as well as from the hotline's operation were a leading factor in the Front's decline after 1993 and the decline in Droege's involvement.

In June 1994 Schipper was sentenced for two months imprisonment (Droege and Kenneth Barker were also sentenced) for contempt of court for disregarding a court order to cease the telephone hate messages.[9]

Also, in 1994, the five anti-racists charged for attacking Schipper's house were acquitted.[10]

Schipper claimed to have developed his racist and anti-Semitic views as a result of having been adopted by a Jewish family as a child. "I was adopted by a Jewish family who couldn't have their own children when I was a month and a half old," he said. "I never got along with them at all. I didn't look Jewish. I didn't act Jewish."[11]

"We disagreed on absolutely everything. Races think differently, you know. They finally threw me out when I was sixteen."[11]

He bummed around North America, playing guitar in bar bands and working as a telemarketer. Finally, Schipper found his calling after contacting the Heritage Front. "We whites are the doormat at the house of equality", he said. "I want to be politically incorrect and stir things up."[11]

In 2015, Schipper using the pseudonym Johnny Jensen (or J. J.) works as a country musician and writes for a Toronto neo-nazi publication, Your Ward News.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Press, "White power leader boasts welfare abuse Urges others to follow lead", The (Hamilton) Spectator, November 30. 1992
  2. ^ Dan Nolan, "Police probe distribution of racist flyers Group denies direct mailing", The (Hamilton) Spectator, August 15, 1992
  3. ^ Jack Kapica and Rudy Platiel, "Heritage Front hearing ends in muddle Police on horseback clear path through protesters outside courthouse", '"Globe and Mail, January 26, 1993
  4. ^ Jennifer Lewington, "Anti-racists vent anger on white supremacist Demonstrators vandalize house while outnumbered police look on", Globe and Mail, June 12, 1993
  5. ^ a b c Gail Swainson and Jim Wilkes, "Anti-racist mob trashes home", Toronto Star, June 12, 1993
  6. ^ Jack Lakey, "2 sides battle on College St. after house trashed", Toronto Star, June 13, 1993
  7. ^ "Heritage Front leader appears in court Droege charged after weekend melee", Globe and Mail, June 15, 1993
  8. ^ "Leader of neo-Nazi group charged with assault in brawl", Toronto Star, June 18, 1993
  9. ^ Jim Wilkes, "Heritage Front leader, 2 members jailed", Toronto Star, June 23, 1994
  10. ^ Wendy Darroch, "Anti-racist protesters acquitted of mischief Marchers trashed white supremacist leader's house", Toronto Star, September 15, 1994
  11. ^ a b c Kirk Makin, "Scenes from the far right Students, jobless, and the obsessed adopt racist creed", Globe and Mail, February 8, 1993
  12. ^ Kinsella, Warren (May 18, 2015). "Why is Canada Post distributing an anti-Semitic, racist publication?". The Hill Times. Retrieved May 20, 2015.

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