There are two issues regarding Steven Akins which have come to light recently. The first is whether or not he is the rightful chief of Clan Akins, and the second are his racial and moral views. The people of soc.culture.scottish are universal in their opinion that his claims of being a clan chief are dubious at best, but as Steven rightly says, they are not the authority responsible for that determination. The Lord Lyon makes that decision, and Steven's application has not yet been put before him, although Steven claims he is in the process of doing so. Until the Lord Lyon rules, then I don't think anyone(including Steven)can say with authority whether he is or isn't your clan chief.
As far as his racial and moral positions are concerned, I am convinced he is a racist by any definintion of the word. He advocates segregation, and claims we should deal with "negroes" the same way we dealt with American Indians.
From a moral standpoint, he bragged about buying typewriters at WalMart, then when they broke he would buy a new one, put the old one in the box, then return it to the store as if he had just bought it. He sees nothing wrong with this, and repeatedly called those who criticised his actions as "timid".
And one last thing about the Lord Lyon issue: Here is a quote from his website regarding his legal status as Clan Chief.
"After more than three centuries of extinction, the Chiefship of the Clan Akins has been revived by the present Chief, Steven Lewis Akins of that Ilk, a direct hereditary descendant of the ancestral line. Having recently assumed the heraldic achievement belonging to the original branch of the Name as his legally registered armorial bearings, he is the rightful Chief of the Clan Akins, as recognized by the court of Lord Lyon, King of all Arms and Bearings of Scotland."
He admits that he has not yet been recognized by the Lord Lyon, and claims this statement is "schematic". I think his statement is clearly misleading, and would cause me to have grave doubts about him.