• University of Vermont
    University of Vermont
  • Racial prejudice
    Racial prejudice
    White power / KKK
    White power / KKK
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Prof. Griffin began to attract attention to himself as a white supremacist when, in 2000, he spent a month at the National Alliance compound interviewing well-known neo-Nazi Robert Pierce. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Griffin “portrayed Pierce more as a scholarly guardian of European cultural heritage than a racist advocate of mass murder who once said that Jews should be herded into 10,000 railroad cattle cars and sent to the bottom of an abandoned coal mine.” Griffin’s later publication, Living White, furthered accusations of white supremacy against him, as he referred to Pierce as “the brightest person I’ve ever been around,” while describing his own, “numerous interviews with other ‘racially conscious’ white Americans.[1]

In another writing by Griffin entitled When They Attack, he offers “advice to those who care about white people and their future in a culture that is committed to shutting them down hard and hurting them.” Among the advice given, Griffin advises to “get in the best shape you can: Figure you are in a war/Get battleready (sic).”[2]

Faced with pressure to investigate Prof. Griffin, university administrators defended him as providing “a perspective to multicultural issues that is different from what dominates the field.”[3]

[1] Kim, T.K., (April 19, 2006). University of Vermont Professor Robert S. Griffin Offers Defense of White Nationalism. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved from https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2006/university-vermont-professor-robert-s-griffin-offers-defense-white-nationalism

[2] Lee, S. (June 17, 2009). The (Pro)-White Professor. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/06/17/professor

[3] Daniels, J. (June 17, 2009). White Prof, White Pride. Racism Review. Retrieved from http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2009/06/17/white-prof-white-pride/

Associated Organizations:

The Occidental Quarterly; Europeans in America; National Alliance; White Revolution

Departmental Contact

George Salembier, Chair of the Department of Education

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  • The Fame of a Dead's Man's Deeds: An Up-Close Portrait of White Nationalist William Pierce (2001)
  • One Sheaf, One Vine: Racially Conscious White Americans Talk About Race (2004)
  • While There's Time: Conservatism and Individualism in Education (2005)
  • Living White: Writing on Race, 2000-2005 (2006)

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