(This article is published in AlterNet.)
The white supremacist who traveled to New York City to kill black men subscribed to numerous alt-right, neo-Nazi, anti-feminist and far-right conspiracy theory channels on YouTube, according to what appears to be his personal account on the website.
James Harris Jackson stabbed a Black man with a sword in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 22, in what he admitted to police was an intentional hate crime. Jackson, who previously fought in the U.S. Army, is from Maryland and is a member of a white supremacist hate group. He traveled to New York with plans to kill Black men in relationships with white women, but ended up attacking a Black homeless man in a racist terror attack.
What appears to be Jackson’s personal YouTube account shows that he subscribed to a variety of fascist YouTube channels, many of which support President Donald Trump and other far-right leaders and spread racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
His subscription list is a Who’s Who of alt-right figures, including Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, ramzpaul (Paul Ray Ramsey) and many more.
Jackson subscribed to the channel for The National Policy Institute and Radix. The former is the white supremacist organization founded by neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, and the latter is the fascist journal he publishes.
He subscribed to multiple neo-Nazi channels, including ~ C Y B E R N Δ Z I ~, Politically Incorrect, Esoteric Truths and HistoryTruths.
Jackson also subscribed to racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist channels like Alt-Right Andy, Patriotic Populist, ramzpaul, Finnish Nationalist, Walt Bismarck and Blonde in the Belly of the Beast, along with anti-feminist channels like MGTOW is Freedom and ANGRY MGTOW.
Other right-wing conspiracy theory channels he subscribed to include StormCloudsGathering, The HAARP Report and ConspiracyScope.
Jackson did not upload any videos onto his channel, but he did recently favorite racist videos, including three titled, “Is It Time For Whites To Start Voicing Their Displeasure With Black On White Crimes?”, “Blacks Know That Blacks Are Violent So Why Does The White Media Pretend They Are Not?” and “BLACK PERSON TALKS ABOUT ALT-RIGHT DESTROYED | MGTOW RED PILL SEXY TEEN CRINGE.”
The channel was uncovered by internet sleuth Henry Krinkle, a communist Twitter user who hunts Nazis. Krinkle previously uncovered the white supremacist website and manifesto left by neo-Nazi Dylann Storm Roof, who massacred nine innocent people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina in hopes of starting a “race war.” Roof said in his manifesto that he was radicalized by far-right white supremacist websites.
Krinkle was able to uncover Jackson’s YouTube channel through some master sleuth work.
Media reports noted that Jackson served in the U.S. Army for four years, and was deployed to Afghanistan. Using this information, it became easy to find his LinkedIn profile. On his LinkedIn profile, Jackson included a copy of his résumé, which has his email address. When one searches this email on Google, only one result comes up: a Russian hacking website where the personal information of video game players was posted. The webpage showed that Jackson played the video game “Assassin’s Creed II” on PC, and used barris417 for his username. If one uses the username barris417 on YouTube, voila: an account with the name James Jackson comes up.
This attack is part of a massive surge in hate crimes in the past year, with the rise of far-right politicians like Donald Trump. In January, white gunman Alexandre Bissonnette massacred Muslims praying at a mosque in Quebec, Canada. His social media accounts and testimonies from classmates showed Bissonnette was a white nationalist, anti-feminist and staunch supporter of Trump, Marine Le Pen and other far-right demagogues.