Local H.: Mr. Millard, White Courtesy
By Wyn Hilty
Orange County Weekly
Dec. 25-31, 1998
Journalists get used to crank mail. I used to
work at a magazine where we would routinely get handwritten missives
accusing us of spreading Satanism or blaspheming God. But my favorite
letter was the guy who wrote in saying he was a successful businessman
who loved the magazine, but he had trouble meeting women. He wondered
if it would be possible to take a tour of our office to see if
any employee of the female persuasion might be interested in a
burger and a beer.
Among the spectrum of everyday wackos, a few
stand out. At the OC Weekly, that's a faithful correspondent
who calls himself H. Millard. He's been writing to us since the
Weekly began publishing three years ago; he first came
to my attention after I wrote an article on a local boy who had
been shot and killed by three assailants armed with a Saturday-night
special in New York City. Millard wrote in decrying my focus on
junk guns when the real problem, he claimed, was minority criminals
attacking white people. There was just one problem with his thesis:
the victim was indeed white, but I never said whether the three
killers were minorities. It frankly wasn't relevant to the story.
But that's Millard: he can find a race war on a playground.
All the local journalists know him as a kook-although
the Los Angeles Times has been known to edit his correspondence
to make him sound far more rational. (And prolific? In one 12-month
period, Millard got nine letters into the Times.) In a
letter to the Orange County Business Journal, Millard concluded
that Bob Dornan lost to Loretta Sanchez in the 46th Congressional
District "because he lacked the Latino bona fides of Sanchez (even
though he did eat a taco every once in a while)." We stopped running
his letters when he began demanding payment in return for publication.
But overnight, Millard has moved from being a
Local Nut Case to National Nut Case-thanks to the World Wide Web.
On Dec. 11, the Washington Post reported
on a minor flap involving House Judiciary Committee member Bob
Barr Jr. (R-Georgia). Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who had testified
in front of the committee about President Bill Clinton's possible
impeachment, wrote a letter to Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Illinois)
complaining that Barr had in June spoken at a meeting of the Council
of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a racist, anti-Semitic, good-ol'-boys
group that thinks brown people are icky, Lincoln is the devil,
and the Confederacy was swell. Barr initially defended his appearance
before the council, but he appeared in the Post the following
day to repudiate the group's views, saying he was unaware of their
racism when he agreed to speak.
To give people a feeling for these racist views,
the Post quoted an excerpt from a column on the council's
site: "Take 10 bottles of milk to represent all humans on
Earth. Nine of them will be chocolate and only one white. Now
mix all those bottles together, and you have gotten rid of that
troublesome bottle of white milk. There, too, is the way to rid
the world of whites. Convince them to mix their few genes with
the genes of the many. Genocide via the bedroom chamber is as
long-lasting as genocide via war."
The author of these stirring words: H. Millard.
OC Weekly's favorite correspondent (make that the "loopy
lefty OC Weekly," as we're identified on the site) has
gotten himself a regular gig warning the world about the dangers
of miscegenation. When he's not snarling about Clinton's conspiracy
to create a "tan Everyman," he's screaming about "GOP yuppie elites"
who are so out-of-touch with their party that they think the way
to win is to court minority voters. (This is silly, actually.
The way for the GOP to win votes is to bash minorities vigorously.
Just look at the most recent election results-oh, that's right.)
Before Millard vaulted onto the national stage
in the Washington Post, though, his disdain for anyone
whose skin isn't lily-white had already brought him to the attention
of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that
was founded to combat civil-rights injustices and keep an eye
on hate groups-specifically the Klan. The SPLC released a report
on the CCC on Dec. 17 documenting how the group attracts support
from conservative politicians by hiding its ties to white supremacists.
The report ended with a quote DeWest Hooker who identified
himself as the best friend of American Nazi Party founder George
Lincoln Rockwell-gave from the podium of a meeting the Washington
chapter of CCC held earlier this month: "Be a Nazi, but don't
use the word."
The report disclosed that Millard is a featured
columnist for CCC's main publication, Citizen's Informer. Here's
what he recently wrote about the likely effects of immigration
and intermarriage: "What will emerge will be just a slimy brown
mass of glop. The genocide being carried out against white people
hasn't come with marching armies; instead, it has come with propaganda
that is calculated to brainwash whites into happily and willingly
jumping into the Neo-Melting Pot, and to their destruction."
In the course of doing research for the paper,
the SPLC's Trish O'Kane began looking into Millard. And what she
didn't find is interesting. "I don't know who he is," she said.
"I couldn't find him. A friend of mine at the LA Times did some
checking-he couldn't find him. I spoke to Ken Grubbs [former editorial-page
director at The Orange County Register], who told me he'd
never met him but that the newsroom had traced him to a box at
a MailBoxes Etc."