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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Texas High School Teacher With Alleged Ties to White Nationalist Group Exposed

Stephen Arnquist, white supremacist teacher at Dallas high school

Stephen Arnquist, a high school teacher in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — Stephen Arnquist, who has worked as a teacher at Skyline High School in Texas where 99 percent of the students are non-white, has been exposed by an anti-fascist group. He is allegedly a white supremacist in disguise, and has since been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation about his alleged ties to multiple hate groups.

Eugene Antifa, an Oregon-based anti-fascist group that exposes white supremacists, published an article divulging Arnquist’s alleged connection to several extremist groups and neo-Nazi websites such as Identity Evropa, Stormfront, and The Right Stuff.

Members of Identity Evropa, a hate group that helped organize the deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been using the Discord messaging app to communicate with each other. Arnquist allegedly used the nickname “Stephen – TX” and posted 28 times in the group.

In one of the posts, Arnquist stated that he “lived in Japan for 7 years” and that he is now “a high school Japanese teacher in the ghetto.” He added, “The school is 40% Black, 60% Hispanic school. The school was was 90% white back in the 70’s. Walking down the hall by the auditorium looking at the band, choir, etc, photos year by year, it’s… it’s not fun.”

Arnquist also described his students as “somewhat higher tier blacks and Hispanics,” but said that “they’re still unimpressive compared to mostly white classes I observed in neighboring districts.”

After taking a 23andMe DNA test, Arnquist posted the results showing that he was mostly of British and Scandinavian ancestry. On the neo-Nazi website Stormfront, a commenter under the name “Arnquist” described himself as an “American of mostly British and Swedish ancestry.”

Moreover, Arnquist seems to be commenting on white supremacist web forum The Right Stuff under his full name. He also allegedly managed a blog on Blogger where he wrote about taking the “red pill,” a metaphor used by the so-called alt-right to describe the enlightenment to racist beliefs.

Arnquist, who teaches Japanese at the Skyline High School since August 2018, has been placed on administrative leave, according to Robyn Harris, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Independent School District.

“We proudly embrace the diversity of our students and value the families we serve,” Harris said. “Together, we believe every student can grow, succeed and achieve.”

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