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A New York Times journalist and political activist who has been labeled a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center says he’s not a white supremacist.
John Greene has said he is not a racist.
But Greene, who was recently arrested in Virginia on charges of assault and battery, said he was a racist who wanted to take the white race into his own hands.
He was arrested on a warrant issued by the FBI, according to his arrest affidavit, which is still under seal.
He said in a Facebook post on Sunday that he was not affiliated with any white supremacist groups.
His attorney, Jason Wachter, did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Associated Press first reported the warrant and arrest.
His arrest affidavit says Greene and two other men “were attempting to incite violence by assaulting and damaging a building in downtown Richmond, Va., by throwing rocks and bottles.”
“The group was met by armed security officers,” the affidavit said.
“At one point, an individual with a firearm entered the area where they were attempting to gain entry and the individual fired a round.”
The FBI, which declined to comment on the affidavit, said the group was “armed and dangerous.”
Greene’s arrest came just days after the FBI and police in Virginia charged a man in a racially motivated attack on two black men in an alleyway in Richmond, a suburb of Washington, D.C. That incident was captured on surveillance video.
In that attack, two men were injured and arrested after they fought with each other and one man was struck in the head by a bottle thrown by a second suspect, the FBI said.
The suspect in that case is being held on a $1 million bond.
In an interview with CNN, Greene said he has not been accused of being a white power advocate.
But he said he supported the idea of racial separation, even if it meant breaking with tradition and traditional social norms.
“There are a lot of white folks who say that I’m white supremacy,” he said.
But, he added, the concept of white supremacy is still around, even after Trump was elected.
“We’re in a moment where white supremacy has been so normalized and accepted,” Greene told CNN.
“So it’s something I’m interested in.
It’s something that I think is very interesting, and it’s also something that is something that has been discussed.”