Last month Scott Wolter accepted a made-up award from a controversial podcaster known for racially inflammatory statements for what the latter described as Wolter’s “pioneering” work promoting the “truth” about the early history of the white race in North America.
On April 22, Scott Wolter appeared on The Right Perspective podcast, and the show’s host, “Frank from Queens,” was celebrating World Solutrean Day. Under the authority of the so-called World Council of Solutrean Elders, the host declared Wolter their Solutrean 2014 Man of the Year and awarded him a fictitious quasi-Paleolithic name, “He Who has been Blessed by the Ancestors.” Frank from Queens, who does not identify himself with a surname, said that Scott Wolter is a “pioneer” revealing the “truth” about the Solutrean conquest of North America “40,000 years ago,” which makes white Europeans the first Americans.
“That’s a high honor, and I sure appreciate it,” Wolter said. He seemed genuinely surprised by Frank’s award and somewhat flummoxed by it. “Thank you so much,” he told Frank.
So far as I can tell the “Council of Solutrean Elders” was made up by Frank himself, as was World Solutrean Day, an alleged holiday Frank has promoted since at least 2009.
Frank from Queens became locally famous for his frequent and aggressive calls to New York area radio talk shows, and he started The Right Perspective because he felt that conservative talk radio went too far in censoring his most extreme rightwing opinions, according to his podcast’s website. The podcast, which also airs over shortwave radio, bills itself as New York’s “most conservative” broadcast.
Frank is also more than a little racially insensitive in his language, talking about “Asiatics” and “Caucasians” (which he pronounces caw-cay-zeean), and rejecting the idea that Kennewick Man could be non-Caucasian because he “looks like Patrick Stewart.” Frank is also “very angry” because the reburial of Kennewick Man’s grave is a “crime against science” that is “completely covering up” the possibility that white people once had a civilization in the Northwest. Even Scott Wolter seems a little uncomfortable by some of Frank’s loud and angry assertions, though he offers mild agreement that reburying the site “raises some red flags.”
But let’s not mince words. Frank from Queens is a known racist who was cited by Anti-Racist Canada for his extreme “White Nationalist” views. Anti-Racist Canada quoted Frank as follows:
Please tune into The Right Perspective on the week of April 20 for World Solutrean Day! Please, tell your children that Our Great White Solutrean Ancestors settled this land and were destroyed! Ours were a peaceful people, who welcomed the Beringians in peace, and were paid back in DEATH! They left little trace, because they honoured nature and lived lightly on the land. Their great cities were organic entities that blended with nature, not against it! They had no word for WAR, but were a kind, peaceful, gentle, loving people. Our elders teach us this, and you must teach others! One People, One Culture, One Race!
Frank’s podcast twice hosted South African white separatist Eugène Terre’Blanche, who had called for a white-dominated Boer homeland, and he extensively covered his 2010 murder by a black man, eulogizing the controversial politician as a hero.
This information is not hard to find, and it turns up in even a cursory Google search for Frank and his podcast. In fact, Frank from Queens has been widely known as a racist since at least 1994, when New York magazine described him as such in its October 24 issue. There, the magazine quoted Frank from Queens as describing minorities as “human garbage” and students at historically black Howard University as “savages” and “rabid dogs.” Frank called Martin Luther King, Jr. a “whoremonger” and praised Louisianans who voted for David Duke.
Frank also was quoted as calling gay people “sexual degenerates and perverts.”
Why does Wolter associate himself with known racists and hatemongers? It is hard to imagine how Scott Wolter could be ignorant of Frank’s views, especially since this was Wolter’s third appearance on the podcast. If he claims otherwise, he is either disingenuous or singularly obtuse.
I reached out to A+E Networks, the parent of H2, for a response, and my question was redirected to the new publicist for H2. As of press time the network has not responded. I will post when and if H2 chooses to respond.
In this edition of the show, Frank talks about more white people whose ancient remains have been “suppressed” and explains his reasons for believing archaeology is trying to hide Old World dominance over the ancient Americas: “There is from the archaeological establishment I believe a conspiracy to suppress evidence in this. It’s almost anti-Copernican. They live by an orthodoxy, and they don’t want that orthodoxy upset” because of their financial interest in the Clovis paradigm. He talks about how America Unearthed “pulled me into a whirling vortex of Solutrean memory,” and it is plainly evident that Frank from Queens has reasons far beyond science for wanting to see the Solutrean hypothesis installed in school textbooks. As we saw from his quoted comments above, he believes that Native Americans (or “Beringians” as he calls them, for he feels they are interlopers in a White Eden) committed genocide against his ancient white heroes.
Wolter agrees with Frank that academics are suppressing the truth to protect “old” ideas, which is of course ironic since Wolter’s ideas first appeared in the late 1700s and early 1800s among imperialists and anti-Masonic conspiracy theorists.
Wolter tells Frank that “it’s going to become an accepted fact that the Templars were here” as a result of his research, and he agrees with Frank that science “isn’t any different than the Inquisition” because of the politics and suppression of truth. It was not clear that Wolter understood that Frank was referring specifically to truths related to the white race.
Frank asks Wolter about Quetzalcoatl, whom he considers to be a Caucasian: “How could people who were totally isolated from the Old World, how could they have described a bearded white men from the east when we know that (1) Berinigians don’t grow bears, and (2) if you haven’t seen a white man, why didn’t they describe him as purple?” Wolter laughs and agrees: “He was probably bearded white man from the east. It’s probably that simple. That’s a factual statement. It’s a true statement. That’s who this person was.” Wolter says that academics refuse to admit that Quetzalcoatl was white.
This is false on many levels. First, Native Americans can and do grow beards. Second, Quetzalcoatl was not called white in genuine pre-Conquest Aztec sources. There he is typically depicted as having black or green skin, and where he is associated with the color white, it is in his role as the guardian of the west, which the Aztecs sometimes identified with the color white. Nevertheless, Wolter appears to believe that Native Americans literally worshiped white Europeans as gods.
The idea of a white Quetzalcoatl comes from a description first offered not by the Aztecs but by Gerónimo de Mendieta in Historia eclesiastica Indiana 2.10: “He was a white man, of portly person, broad brow, great eyes, long black hair, and large round beard” (trans. Hubert Howe Bancroft). He was probably citing research conducted by Andrés de Olmos after 1533. This was amplified by Juan de Torquemada in Monarchia Indiana 6.24, who is obviously citing Mendieta: “It is said of Quetzalcoatl that he was a white man, large-bodied, broad-browed, great-eyed, with long black hair, and a beard heavy and rounded. […] The people also of Yucatan reverenced this god Quetzalcoatl, calling him Kukulcan, and saying that he came to them from the west, that is, from New Spain, for Yucatan is eastward therefrom” (trans. Hubert Howe Bancroft).
Most scholars after the 1960s have considered this to be a Spanish imposition with little grounding in actual Aztec or Maya lore. While the Aztec may have sought to identify the Spanish with the returning gods, most now believe that the detail of white skin came about later, after the Conquest. References to the east reference the land from which Quetzalcoatl was expected to return, not whence he first came.
After this, Fred asks Wolter more questions about, and I quote, “great white gods” in the Americas, and Wolter talks about why scientists need to accept “inscriptions” as evidence, while Fred talks about the need to find more “white” skeletons. Wolter then claims that the Smithsonian purposely suppressed white skeletons—“the ones you and I are looking for”—in order to bury the truth about prehistoric white visitors. He accuses the Smithsonian of “destroying” the bones of pre-Columbian white visitors to America.
Frank concluded the show by reminding listeners to call Native Americans “Berinigians,” presumably to deny them indigenous status. Wolter uttered no condemnation of these racist remarks and instead thanked Frank from Queens for awarding him a Solutrean honor in the name of what Frank sees as the Solutreans murdered by the “Beringians” in a race war.
During the podcast, Wolter seemed not to fully recognize attempts by Frank to direct the conversation back to white dominance, but in repeatedly agreeing with Frank, Wolter gave the impression that ancient white people are “the ones you and I are looking for.”
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