In 2017, a writer
named Sinclair Jenkins wrote an essay titled “From Wide-Eyed Liberal to Race Realist” for the white supremacist website American Renaissance, in which he described a series of “political awakenings” that he had gone through.
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where he was outraged to see "blacks" belittle white sailors.
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where he was outraged to see "blacks" belittle white sailors..Later, in graduate school, he became dissatisfied with academia's "ingrained culture of anti-white hatred."
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where he was outraged to see "blacks" belittle white sailors..Later, in graduate school, he became dissatisfied with academia's "ingrained culture of anti-white hatred.".“Also, once I started paying attention to the news, I realized why so many people
in my hometown had a negative attitude toward blacks,” wrote Jenkins, who grew up in Appalachia.
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where he was outraged to see "blacks" belittle white sailors..Later, in graduate school, he became dissatisfied with academia's "ingrained culture of anti-white hatred.".“Also, once I started paying attention to the news, I realized why so many people in my hometown had a negative attitude toward blacks,” wrote Jenkins, who grew up in Appalachia..“After Ferguson and Baltimore, I realized that putting money
into the ghetto would never solve the problem.”
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where he was outraged to see "blacks" belittle white sailors..Later, in graduate school, he became dissatisfied with academia's "ingrained culture of anti-white hatred.".“Also, once I started paying attention to the news, I realized why so many people in my hometown had a negative attitude toward blacks,” wrote Jenkins, who grew up in Appalachia..“After Ferguson and Baltimore, I realized that putting money into the ghetto would never solve the problem.”.Later, he said, he discovered writers like John Derbyshire and Ann Coulter, who shared his dislike for immigrants, as well as websites like American Renaissance and VDare, which shared his firm belief in the “biological foundations of race” and helped shape his white nationalist worldview.
Jenkins wrote that his radicalization began in the Navy, where he was outraged to see "blacks" belittle white sailors..Later, in graduate school, he became dissatisfied with academia's "ingrained culture of anti-white hatred.".“Also, once I started paying attention to the news, I realized why so many people in my hometown had a negative attitude toward blacks,” wrote Jenkins, who grew up in Appalachia..“After Ferguson and Baltimore, I realized that putting money into the ghetto would never solve the problem.”.Later, he said, he discovered writers like John Derbyshire and Ann Coulter, who shared his dislike for immigrants, as well as websites like American Renaissance and VDare, which shared his firm belief in the “biological foundations of race” and helped shape his white nationalist worldview..
Jenkins mentioned his profession as a teacher near the end of the article, an audacious admission in a white supremacist publication.
However, Stardia has now confirmed that “Sinclair Jenkins” is a pseudonym for Benjamin Welton, a 33-year-old Boston
University history PhD candidate who, until this week, taught English, social studies, and computer science
at Star Academy, an elementary school in Massachusetts
. When Stardia contacted the school for comment, Welton was placed on leave, and was fired shortly before this article was published.
He has also worked as a freelance writer for major media outlets such as The Atlantic and Vice, where he published articles about esoteric spy and detective novels, and for The Daily Caller and The Weekly Standard, where he was able to express his racist
sympathies in print.
Meanwhile, he was secretly authoring fascist screeds online under various aliases, some of which advocated violence in order to establish a whites-only ethnostate.
“No mercy for our enemies. Do not weep, for they are not human,” Welton wrote on March 31, seven months into his job as an elementary school teacher, in a pseudonymous social media
post. “Treat those who want to abolish ‘whiteness’ with the same venom if not more. They deserve medieval punishments.”
Welton, like many conservatives
, has expressed dissatisfaction with the teaching of “critical race theory” in American schools
. In August, shortly before starting at the Star Academy, he tweeted under a pseudonym that a return to American greatness “requires defunding critical race theory.” His true objection is clear from his pseudonymous writings: criticism of white people.
“I now try to inject race realism into my working life,” he wrote as Jenkins in the 2017 American Renaissance article, adding, “When I teach my students or write papers, I refuse to engage in cultural Marxism or anti-white rhetoric.”
The Anonymous Comrades Collective, a group of anti-fascist researchers, discovered Welton's double life and shared the details with Stardia. Many nameless fascists today lead double lives, hiding behind avatars to promote their noxious beliefs online while working respectable day jobs
, military, law enforcement, medicine, or government.
Welton did not respond to Stardia's repeated requests for comment, and after being emailed and direct-messaged last week, he deleted all of his pseudonymous social media accounts on Twitter
, Poa.st, and Gab — all of which he used to spew racist invective — as well as his LinkedIn profile, SoundCloud account, two Substacks, a BlogSpot page, and an online magazine he had recently launched for fascist
The content of those pages, however, had already been saved and archived by the Anonymous Comrades Collective, who earlier this month showed Stardia evidence they had gathered indicating that Welton was not only the man behind the bylines “Sinclair Jenkins,” but also “Jake Bowyer” and “Elias Kingston,” and that his writing had begun to pique the interest of major figures on the far right.
Welton's career as a teacher did not begin at Star Academy; during his postgraduate studies, he taught at the University of Vermont and Boston University.
Welton claimed to be "teaching grades two through five" at Star Academy, leading "seven classes a day, both online and in-person," according to his since-deleted LinkedIn page.
Before firing Welton, Star Academy administrators stated in an emailed statement earlier this week that they were unaware of the “concerning online publications allegedly made by a teacher at the school.”
The statement continued, "Star Academy is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and embraces our responsibility as an educational institution to foster a safe and healthy environment
for our students; we do not support, condone, or agree with white supremacism or white separatist ideologies."
Following Stardia's inquiries, Star Academy removed Welton's photo and a brief description of his job from its website. The photo, which appears to be a selfie, shows Welton wearing a shirt
, tie, and sweater in front of a chalkboard, with a wry toothless smile on his face. Written on the chalkboard behind him is "Dollfuß (1934)" — a likely reference to Engelbert Doll.
It's unclear in what context the fascist's name — complete with the unique German letter ß, also known as a "sharp S" — was written on the chalkboard, or whether it was written by Welton. Star Academy said the photo was not taken on their premises, while University of Vermont and Boston University said it was impossible to tell if the photo was taken on their respective campuses.
A spokesman for Boston University confirmed Welton is a student there, but declined to comment on whether the school would look into his white nationalist activism, or why the school removed Welton's student profile page from its website on Tuesday night.
In 2019, Stardia revealed that Dayanna Volitich, a 25-year-old social studies teacher at a middle school in Florida
, had been secretly hosting a white nationalist podcast on which she boasted about radicalizing her students.
“That age when they first become teenagers is very critical,” Volitich said in a podcast episode. “They’ve already been indoctrinated for 12 years before coming to me. Some of them, I believe, were red-pilled as 13-year-olds. And I think that was kind of a cool thing to watch
. I was watching them just open their eyes and seeing what is going on in this country.”
Volitich was fired after Stardia exposed her for allegedly telling students that the Ku Klux Klan
was a "good thing."
In recent years, a charter school principal
in New Orleans was fired after videos surfaced of him wearing rings with white nationalist symbols, and a substitute teacher in Maryland
who coached a high school field hockey team was fired after local media discovered he was a prominent figure in a white nationalist group and had participated in the deadly “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville.
There is no evidence that Welton indoctrinated his students at Star Academy, but a scathing student review posted to Docsity in 2012, while he was teaching at the University of Vermont, provides an insight into his teaching style.
“A teacher who expresses too many personal opinions and presents them as facts,” the review begins. “Full of himself and misogynistic. A very unpleasant person overall. He can't stop himself from spewing his: Proto-Fascist, Libertarian, Anti-Feminist, and Neo-Conservative propaganda in front of the class.”
The “Scary Nationalist” is being exposed.
On March 8, 2021, a white nationalist account called the "Spooky Nationalist" on Poa.st — a Twitter clone teeming with racists and extremists — posted a message that piqued the interest of anti-fascist researchers.
“To show my hand: I am the Spooky Nationalist’s Confederate in bayou and hellbilly retard with too education,” the post began. “I write as Elias Kingston (see: Ending Bigly), Sinclair Jenkins (AmRen/book out soon from Antelope Hill), Jake Bowyer (VDare).”
The Spooky Nationalist had made a mistake: revealing that all of these different aliases belonged to him was a clue that opened up new avenues for investigating his true offline identity.
The Anonymous Comrades Collective, a group of anti-fascists, went to work.
“Interestingly, when we investigated the pen name ‘Jake Bowyer,’ we discovered that the URL for the ‘Jake Bowyer’ Gravatar page displayed another name: Ben Welton,” the anti-fascists wrote in a blog post published Monday.
According to its website, Gravatar is a service that generates "globally unique avatars," allowing users to use the same avatar across multiple internet platforms.
There were other links between the Spooky Nationalist and Welton. In March, the account posted a link for followers to buy a book called "Sick Inside the Citadel." The author of this collection of short stories and poems? One Benjamin Welton.
“Be on the lookout for the next issue of Military History magazine from http://H.Net.
The cover story will be about Raymond Westerling and the Dutch police
actions in the East Indies,” the Spooky Nationalist tweeted in December 2020.
The following issue of Military History magazine did include an article about Raymond Westerling, with Welton listed as the author once more.
The Spooky Nationalist also revealed other, sadder personal information that corresponded to details from Welton's life from time to time.
“I used to be suicidal,” one post began. “A veritable incel. An ex stabbed me. Mom died. Life sucked until I found this mob. Now, in my 30s, I'm writing novels, non-fiction books, and training for the Foreign Legion. We're all going to achieve glory, dudes.”
Welton is in his 30s, according to public records reviewed by Stardia, and his mother died when she was 39 in 1999.
Another Spooky Nationalist post stated, “As a Navy vet, no self-respecting white man should join the US military
,” while another stated, “I was once in an English grad school program.”
Welton's now-deleted LinkedIn profile states that he earned a Master's degree in English from the University of Vermont, which the university confirmed, and that he served in the United States
Welton enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 2011, and left the service in 2018, having attained the rank of Master-at-Arms 2nd Class as a member of the naval military police, according to a Navy spokesperson. He received two awards during his time in the service: a National Defense Service Medal and a Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.
In another post, the Spooky Nationalist encouraged his followers to submit work to The Lovecraft Conservative, an online magazine he founded in honor of the late horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.
In an essay for the magazine, one of the Spooky Nationalist's pen names, "Elias Kingston," wrote wistfully about being a "Son of Appalachia," with family in Elkins, West Virginia
, but now living in Boston.
Welton is currently enrolled at Boston University and resides in Brighton, Massachusetts, with family in Elkins, West Virginia, according to public records.
The Spooky Nationalist rarely, if ever, mentioned his occupation, but in March, he dropped a disturbing hint that he might work with children
“I have been consuming a lot of the Goosebumps series lately,” the Spooky Nationalist wrote on Substack, referring to the popular 1990s children’s horror book series. “Easy access to these classic paperbacks is one of the few perks of my day job. Since I usually read about one volume a night, I find myself returning to the small library of the macabre every morning.”
The Spooky Nationalist waxed poetic about being reconnected with the books after acknowledging that the author of Goosebumps is Jewish — “he writes with the spirit of Deep America, even if his connections to said ethnos are tenuous” —
When he saw the distinctive Goosebumps cover art, he wrote, "I'm immediately transported back to my ancestral home in Fairmont, West Virginia. I recall
the feel of warm summer days riding bikes on Avalon Road, and cool nights reading Goosebumps while waiting for the werewolves to howl outside my bedroom window."
The Welton family lived on Avalon Road in Fairmont, West Virginia, according to public records.
Welton used pseudonyms frequently, but he also used his real name in far-right publications on occasion.
Without using a pseudonym, he wrote a racist article titled "Against Education" for the far-right blog The American Sun in 2018.
“Your typical man on the street in America 2018 A.D. will come up with a small catalog of answers about what to do with our education system,” Welton wrote, “while the race realist will speak of declining global IQs and America’s increasing mongrelization driven by unassimilated races with below-average intelligence capacities.”
Welton's article argued that education should be primarily reserved for geniuses — of which he appears to be one — rather than the general, dumber public. "There is no Rembrandt hidden in each booger-eater, and the next Tesla
is not currently marching toward the U.S. border
from Guatemala," he wrote.
Welton contributed fiction and poetry to Terror House
Mag, which was founded by prominent misogynist Matt Forney.
Welton praised Francisco Franco, Spain's brutal fascist dictator, in Taki's Magazine, a paleoconservative website founded by Greek-born socialite Taki Theodoracopulos, a self-described anti-Semite with a history of hiring white supremacist editors.
Welton's byline appeared on an article about spy novels in The Epoch Times, a right-wing newspaper with ties to the China-based spiritual group Falun Gong that was heavily invested in reelecting former President Donald Trump
as recently as March 21.
Welton's fascist sympathies were on display even when he was writing for major right-wing outlets. In December 2015, he wrote an article for the now-defunct conservative website The Weekly Standard titled "What Exactly Is The Alternative Right?"
Welton is clearly excited about the “alternative right,” a rebranding of white nationalism
, writing that the movement has “taken the fight to the left in the best way possible,” adding, “Rather than conceding the moral high ground to the left, the alt right turns the left’s moralism on its head and makes it a badge of honor to be called ‘racist,’ ‘homophobic,’ and ‘sexist.”
A year later, in December 2016, The Daily Caller published Welton's virulently Islamophobic screed titled "The European Quandary," in which he criticized various European countries for accepting Muslim refugees
“Despite the fact that anyone with eyes can see that the recent influx of ‘refugees’ from North Africa and the Middle East
(a majority are not from Syria—don’t believe that lie) has been a cultural disaster,” Welton wrote, “few leaders and not enough voters
seem to recognize it as a problem.”
“The cuckus Europeanicus,” he added, coining a new term, “is a blind, stubborn creature that refuses to smell the shawarma cooking right under its nose.”
A spokesman for The Daily Caller, a site founded by Fox News
host Tucker Carlson
, told Stardia in a statement, "these views are of course abhorrent to us. We are not privy to the details behind this one-off Op-Ed from five years ago, nor the editorial processes of Daily Caller's prior ownership when it comes to the thousands of earlier Op-Eds going back to its founding in 2010."
The spokesman did not respond to a Stardia inquiry about whether white nationalists frequently publishing work on The Daily Caller has ever prompted the site's editors to reflect.
Welton seemed to modulate his extremist views for Vice and The Atlantic, both major mainstream publications where he hasn't had a byline since 2015, writing about literature with a particular focus on spy novels and private eye detective stories.
Welton really let his fascist freak flag fly under his bogus pen names and on his social media accounts, and he even gained a following.
Exposed: a Rising Star
VDare is a far-right nonprofit that recently purchased a historic castle in Welton's hometown of West Virginia, and its website is one of the most prominent white nationalist propaganda outlets in the country, with one of Welton's pen names, Jake Bowyer, among its writers.
Welton has written a half-dozen articles for the site, the most recent in October 2020, including one in which he claims that “rape
culture” on college campuses is a myth, and that if there were rapists in higher education, it was because of immigration
“American college campuses today are essentially playgrounds for far-left agitators, anti-White elitists, and subsidized international students,” he wrote, adding that “if there is a ‘rape culture’ on campus, it is largely created by the importation of Third Worlders.”
Welton has also written nearly three dozen articles for American Renaissance as Sinclair Jenkins, most recently in September, when he began teaching at Star Academy.
While working as a teacher, he appears to have concentrated his writing efforts on his own websites, including The Lovecraft Conservative, whose mission statement made clear his specific brand of white nationalism: “We believe in hierarchy, monarchy, the importance of breeding, and a definite and distinct ethnos.”
Welton also published “Empire Eternal: In Defense of Imperialism” last month.
It was published by Antelope Hill, a publishing company based in Pennsylvania
that the Southern Poverty
Law Center has designated as a hate group.
The book appears to have put him on the radar of some big names on the far right: when Antelope Hill tweeted a link to the book earlier this month, it was retweeted by Bronze Age Pervert, the pseudonymous alt-right
misogynist who has gained a large following in America, including among many on Capitol
Welton thanked Bronze Age Pervert for the boost on his Spooky Nationalist Twitter account, writing, "Your gesture will always be honored."
Welton started appearing on Terror House Radio, the podcast of Terror House Press, the publishing house run by Forney and neo-Nazi Bryden Proctor, last month, perhaps feeling emboldened.
He appeared on two live-streamed episodes under his own name to promote another book published by Terror House.
Welton appears to have grown bolder and bolder since September, when he began teaching at the elementary school, and to be preparing for exposure.
In a late March post on Poa.st, he announced that he would be publishing multiple books this year and that he had begun sending applications to mercenary groups all over the world, including in Singapore and Australia
, “in order to help our global fight.”
That same month, he published a sort of manifesto on Poa.st, titled "My Spooky Rules," before listing 13 "rules."
Rule No. 3 states, “Being a white nationalist does not imply that all white men are your allies.” “Liberalism/Marxism/Enlightenment are mind parasites that primarily rot whites.”
“While working in the dark is preferable,” Welton wrote, “a front-facing and visible presence is required to make dark work truly impactful.”
Welton then posted a threatening image to Poa.st, showing the book "On Resistance to Evil by Force" by Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin sitting on a table next to an empty pistol holster.
He captioned the image, "Reminder."
Only time will tell what happens to Welton now, but it appears that he will no longer be teaching, and if a scathing 2012 student review of him as a college teacher at the University of Vermont is any indication, he won't be missed in the classroom.
“One of the strangest teachers I ever had,” the student wrote, adding, “I am convinced that the only positive comment found on this site was written by Ben Welton himself. Benjamin Welton is arrogant, and his egocentrism causes him to treat his students as objects (especially us girls) to enhance his pride
“Karma is going to get you, Ben Welton,” the student predicted.