Dye and Mackey’s responses to the allegations have varied. When asked by Nashville Farmer’s Market board members whether they were associated with a white supremacist group, they denied the accusation. They were subsequently removed from the Market when proof of Dye’s identity was produced. On July 31, 2019, Fox59 News published an interview with Dye in which she denied being a white supremacist but affirmed that she was an “identitarian”. (https://fox59.com/2019/07/31/controversial-bloomington-farmers-market-vendor-denies-white-supremacy-accusations/) Identitarianism is a new white supremacist movement originating in Europe focused especially on xenophobia and anti-immigration ideology. AmIM has embraced it as part of their strategy of rebranding Neo-Nazi ideas.
We have seen numerous signs of an organized effort by white supremacists across the country to infiltrate our Farmer’s Market and intimidate protesters as well as Mayor John Hamilton:
The response from the white supremacist community leaves very little doubt of Dye and Mackey’s affiliations. Because AmIM uses a rhetoric of non-violence and “protest,” the public should know that
- AmIM was founded as a Neo-Nazi organization, and it uses dissimulation (semantic tactics, omission, and equivocation) to spread Neo-Nazi ideology while attempting to appear non-violent. Dissimulation plays a very important role in making fascism mainstream and preparing the way to infiltrate and overthrow the political system. The first report includes examples of Patrick Casey (AmIM leader) calling on his followers to run for office and infiltrate government. Lying is a tactic AmIM deploys to recruit followers who might be hesitant to join a fascist community.
- Our protesters have received death threats and threats of physical violence from white supremacists. In at least one case, this included a “drive by” visitation to one of our member’s homes.
- Protesters’ private information has been shared on white supremacist websites and servers.
- Protesters have had their photos taken by supporters of Dye and Mackey at the market.
- Dye and Mackey’s supporters have circled the market every week since the protests began. They escalated this effort on July 27 when they were joined by members of the Three Percenter movement, including one new recruit who was openly carrying a knife in his belt. This movement is primarily focused on gun rights, and the State of Indiana has very liberal concealed carry laws.
- One of the vendors who has helped the protesters has received unwanted, threatening drive-by visitations to their home by an unidentified individual.
- Dye tried to secure, and was denied, a frivolous restraining order against a fellow farmer who wrote a letter informing the community about her white supremacist activity.
- In her restraining order hearing, Dye lied under oath about her affiliations with white supremacy.
- Dye and Mackey were associated with Nolan and Kiyomi Brewer, a husband and wife who attacked a synagogue in Carmel. While the man who was arrested told FBI agents that Mackey and Dye were unaware of the attack, he also provides such inconsistent statements about the individuals he spoke with about the crime that it would be imprudent to take Brewer at his word on this matter (see the first report).
- We believe that, regardless of what Dye and Mackey knew about Brewer’s activities, they recruited him into the organization (first report).
- Volkmom was not only a dues-paying member of AmIM, she also reached out to the organization’s leader, attended rallies, maintained a relationship with the individual who took responsibility for flyering our Bloomington campus, and produced YouTube videos to recruit people to her ideology. Dye has also been accused of trying to directly recruit community members. She has connections to a prominent organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as well.