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Published October 07, 2013, 09:32 PM

Cobbsville: Takeover of Leith?

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - A surprise for a group taking part in a racism symposium Monday night at UND: The man at the center of discussion, white supremacist Craig Cobb, showed up.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - A surprise for a group taking part in a racism symposium Monday night at UND: The man at the center of discussion, white supremacist Craig Cobb, showed up.

The UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies hosted a symposium titled, "Cobbsville? A white supremacist takeover of Leith, North Dakota?"

As we've told you, Craig Cobb has bought dozens of abandoned properties in Leith for fellow white supremacists with the hopes of turning it into an all-white community.

Monday's symposium explored the origins of American Nazi groups in the Midwest and even focuses on Cobb and his supporters, in particular.

He listened as people talked about possible legal ways in which this takeover can be stopped.

Gregory Gordon- UND Professor of Law: “Bad speech can be countered by good speech, and we can have a discussion about what's been happening and make citizens aware of the fact that this is a bad idea to try to bring a white supremacist rule into a town in North Dakota.”

Craig Cobb- White Supremacist: “And the implication is that what I’m involved in is genocide, when in point of fact, we're fighting against white genocide, which has occurred with the demographic collapse in this country.”

Cobb says the symposium concerns him because it's limiting his freedom of speech.

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