Fourteen Words

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Curtis Allgier's numerous tattoos include references to "14" and "88" above and to the sides of "SKIN" and "HEAD", above his eyes.[1]

Fourteen Words, or simply 14, is a reference to a slogan used by white nationalists[2] and white supremacists: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."[3][4][5] It can be used to refer to a different 14-word slogan: "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth."[6]


Both slogans were coined by David Lane,[7] a member of the white supremacist group The Order while he was serving a 190-year sentence in federal prison for his role in several armed robberies and the murder of Jewish talk show host Alan Berg,[8] and publicized through the efforts of the now defunct Fourteen Word Press, which helped popularize it and other writings of Lane.[9] A strong resemblance of the first definition with a statement in Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has been pointed out, albeit not by Lane or by Fourteen Word Press,[by whom?] which in the English translation of Ralph Manheim, amounts itself to 88 words:

What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe, every thought and every idea, every doctrine and all knowledge, must serve this purpose. And everything must be examined from this point of view and used or rejected according to its utility. (Vol. I, Chapter 8)

14 and 88[edit]

Neo-Nazis often reference the number 14 in combination with 88, as in "14/88" or "1488" with the 8s representing the eighth letter of the alphabet (H), with "HH" standing for "Heil Hitler", as well as Lane's own[10][11] 88 Precepts with "14-88" representing "14 Words and 88 Precepts" which were part of the Wotansvolk movement he founded.[citation needed] The pairing of "14" and "88" has since been used by other white supremacists, including murderers Dylann Roof[12] and Curtis Allgier.[1] Allgier has "14" and "88" tattooed on his forehead above and to the sides of the words "skin" and "head" above his eyes in his mugshot (right).[1] "14/88" numerology was symbolically included in the Barack Obama assassination plot in Tennessee.[13] The plot intended to kill 88 African Americans, including Obama – then the Democratic Party nominee – 14 of whom were to be beheaded.[14]

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  2. ^ Feldman, Brian (14 August 2017). "The 'Ironic Nazi' Is Coming to an End". Gionet was so excited that he created hyperstylized meme renditions of the noted “14 words” of white nationalists 
  3. ^ Dunbar, Edward; Blanco, Amalio; CrËvecoeur-MacPhail, Desirée A. (2016-11-21). The Psychology of Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism: U.S. and Global Issues. ABC-CLIO. pp. 91–. ISBN 9781440839078. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hate on Display: 14 words". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  5. ^ Carmichael, Cathie; Maguire, Richard C. (2015-05-01). The Routledge History of Genocide. Routledge. pp. 211–. ISBN 9781317514848. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Gardell, Mattias. Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism. p. 69. 
  7. ^ Michael, George (2009). "David Lane and the Fourteen Words". Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. 10 (1): 43–61. doi:10.1080/14690760903067986. ISSN 1469-0764. 
  8. ^ Thompson, A.C. (19 October 2017). "Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group's Campaign of Menace". Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Brian Palmer (2008-10-29). "White Supremacists by the Numbers". Slate. Retrieved 2015-09-11. 
  10. ^ Biddiscombe, Perry (1998). Werwolf!: The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944–1946. note 58. ISBN 978-0-8020-0862-6. 
  11. ^ "The Truth about 88: New Book Reveals Secret Meaning of Neo-Nazi Codes". Spiegel Online. June 27, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Siemaszko, Corky (December 9, 2016). "Dylann Roof's Videotaped Confession Stuns Courtroom". Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (October 27, 2008). "Arrests in Plan to Kill Obama and Black Schoolchildren". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Date, Jack (2008-10-27). "Feds thwart alleged Obama assassination plot". ABC News. Archived from the original on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-28.