Florida City io Outlaw Neo Nazi Recruitment Tool

In recent months, neo-Nazis in Florida have resorted to using laser light projectors to paint anti-Semitic messages on buildings. Footage of the news is then used in online recruitment efforts. Last weekend, neo-Nazis again projected anti-Semitic hatred onto buildings in two Florida cities.

Local politicians in Jacksonville, Florida, where much of this activity has taken place, have had enough. They draft laws to prevent people from using their skyline to spread hatred with laser lights.

Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond told the Daily Dot in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon that they are working on a bill that would require approval and permission from the property owner to project a message onto a building. He said the legislation would also apply to public property. Diamond said violators are a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

He described the legislation as “content neutral,” which would prevent First Amendment protections from being violated.

As the Daily Dot previously reported, hateful messages were projected at several locations in Jacksonville and St. Augustine to the south in late October. Jacksonville’s anti-Semitic messages made national headlines in large part because one of them was displayed at the stadium on the night the city hosted the annual Florida-Georgia soccer game between the Universities of Florida and Georgia.

Jacksonville residents were disgusted and humiliated to see their city making headlines in recent months over these anti-Semitic laser light demonstrations.

The Florida National Socialists and the Goyim Defense League took to Telegram to brag about the hateful messages, which included hanging an anti-Semitic banner on a Jacksonville flyover.

National Socialists Florida, also known as NatSoc Florida, is a Jacksonville-based neo-Nazi group. It promotes fascism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. His social media channels are filled with hate for anyone who is non-white, Christian, and straight.

On Gab, Nazis described the Florida swastika projected on a building in downtown Jacksonville this weekend as a “successful laser operation.” As in October, the news was timed to coincide with a nationally televised football game – the Jacksonville Jaguars playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

National Socialists Florida has worked with the white supremacist Goyim Defense League. Goyim Defense League founder Jon Minadeo II, who calls himself “Handsome Truth,” relocated to Florida from California last year.

the Florida Times Union reports that Minadeo was with the Nazi leader in Florida when the group hung an anti-Semitic banner in October. Minadeo told the newspaper that he plans to move to Jacksonville.

Last weekend, Minadeo released a live stream of his group projecting anti-Semitic messages and a swastika onto a building in West Palm Beach, Florida. A police spokesman told WPTV that they believe the messages projected on the building are linked to anti-Semitic leaflets thrown in yards in nearby Boca Raton, which police are investigating.

The flyers contain similar language and imagery to the flyers that the Goyim Defense League sells online.

Both the Florida National Socialists and the Goyim Defense League claim they are doing nothing illegal.

Jacksonville City Councilman Diamond told Action News Jax he’s confident the law mandating permits and permission to project messages on buildings will pass.

“I strongly suspect that there will be a large, if not unanimous majority of the Jacksonville City Council to ban these types of messages on the sides of buildings in Jacksonville,” Diamond said.

He told the Daily Dot the bill could be proposed as early as Wednesday. While he worries about the impact of hateful messages on the target audience, Diamond isn’t worried about Jacksonville being overrun by hate groups.

“I don’t think her message is getting through,” Diamond said Tuesday. “It’s 2023; 99.99% of people in Jacksonville think these people are crazy.”


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*Initial publication: January 17, 2023 3:28 pm CST

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