BUCKSPORT, Maine — The man who claimed to be starting a white supremacist group in town said Thursday that the entire scheme was a hoax.
Matthew Laue, who had billed himself as “Proprietor Mutt,” said in an e-mail sent to the Bangor Daily News Thursday that he had used the Bucksport Bay White Youth Pride Party as a way to encourage people to make their voices heard.
“The pride party is and was 100 percent fake,” Laue wrote. “It was something that I created to make a very different point. That point being, your every day person ‘our average joe’ has to do so much to get their voice heard. I chose to make an example of this out of myself by having to cause hatred and fear long enough to make media.”
Laue said in his e-mail that he was “in no way a supremacist.”
“I am however a firm supporter of anybody [of any color] who is willing to put a voice to something that most people are afraid of supporting. I did all of this in attempt to encourage regular people to speak out, and not fear making a difference.”
In a telephone interview, he later said that there never was a white supremacist party and that there never were any members, although he noted that some people had responded in support of the group. He denied that he had tried to start the hate group and then got nervous because of the publicity it had generated.
“I have absolutely no history of anything like that,” he said. “When my fiancee passed away … the only one I trusted enough to go to the memorial service with me was as black as black can be.”
He said the sole reason for the hoax was to get people to speak out.
“I want people to speak in public without caring about what other people feel about their opinion,” he said.
Laue said the idea for some action like the fake white pride party started with his late fiancee, who, he said, had very strong opinions.
“We’d talked about doing something like this in the past,” he said. “I felt hypocritical about having my opinion about other people not having opinions, and not doing anything about it now.”
In his e-mail Thursday, Laue said, “I fealt so strongly about making this work that I lied to the entire state.”
Laue’s hoax was started when he distributed recruiting fliers for the party seeking to recruit young people ages 15 through 35 with the stated goal of restoring America to the white race. It sparked an investigation by local police, who noted that there did not appear to be any recruiting activity other than the fliers. The Maine Attorney General’s office also reviewed the case.
Laue also created a page on the online social networking site MySpace announcing the group and seeking volunteers to serve as officers. Some officials questioned the legitimacy of the group, and organizations who monitor extremist activity indicated that the language the purported hate group used was not the language those types of groups usually used.
Meanwhile, some students at the local high school already have organized the Bucksport Pro-equality group and created a page on the social networking site Facebook opposing the formation of the white supremacy hate group.
The page referred to published articles about the hate group.
“This article describes the formation and rise of a ‘White Supremacy Hate Group’ in our own town of Bucksport. This is not an accurate representation of our town and we need to show everyone that Bucksport does not stand for it.”
In just a few days, the page has attracted more than 350 members. The group also is planning a pro-equality rally next week though it appeared details were still being worked out.