Richard Spencer, the face of the Alt-Right and White Supremacy holds that white people don’t need other races, and that white people built America. He maintains that America’s rise was not the result of slavery, and “white people could have figured out another way to pick cotton.”
Spencer along with his mother and sister are owners of a 5,200-acre cotton and corn fields in a poor area of Louisiana, according to Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The farms are worth millions, a 1,600-acre parcel sold for $4.3M in 2012.
The family farms are also subsidized by the federal government. The Spencer’s received $2M in US farm subsidy payments from 2008 through 2015, according to federal data.
It appears that Spencer’s family business interests and geographic history are a legacy to the Jim Crow South, passed down by Spencer’s grandfather, who built the business during a turbulent civil rights era.