A small town in Maine boasts a town manager who believes everyone would be happier if the races "voluntarily separate" and founded a group that claims to be pro-Western culture but not white nationalist or racist.
Tom Kawczynski, who runs the group New Albion, moved to the area about a year ago and rode the wave of a growing alt-right movement to the position of town manager.
Kawczynski, 37, told the Bangor Daily News that he wants to preserve this region’s white majority and keep out Muslims, but rejected the idea that his views are racist, saying that people of different racial backgrounds are welcome in his movement as long as their culture is “rooted in Western civilization.”
According to Kawczynski, his views are not racist because he and his group are "pro-white without being anti-other groups in terms of their racial identity. But we … oppose the idea of bringing people in from the outside that come from different cultures."
And that means especially Muslims, who Kawczynski says are "fundamentally incompatible with Western civilization".
In a post on the group’s website, Kawczynski wrote that “while I am not an absolutist on race, understanding the many complications created by the American system, I do believe to the extent we voluntarily separate, the happier every group will be as they regain self-determination.” Another post refers to Islam as “barbarism.”
Relocating to Maine from Pennsylvania - where he ran for county executive in Allegheny County but left due to the state's “cultural and political divides … put danger to people’s quality of life" - Kawczynski continued being politically active and worked as a town chair for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Kawczynski shares many of his views on the alt-right forum GAB:
His posts include calls for the deportation of immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, questions about “why Europeans let Islam run over them” and statements such as, “It’s no accident unattractive women make up the vast majority of feminists.”
But he says his views do not adversely impact the community of Jackman:
“I do not run [Jackman] in a way where we in any way discriminate against anyone who is there. And we follow all the guidelines. And we respect everyone that comes through,” Kawczynski said.
Nevertheless, he added that he does see a “natural overlay” between the mission of New Albion and his work for Jackman. “It is something that I am trying to integrate in the sense that I’m trying to develop our community,” he said. “But I do not make that relationship explicit.”