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Taking on the Klan

By Mark Potok on July 25, 2007 - 2:35 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Klan, Lawsuits

This morning, the Southern Poverty Law Center followed up an earlier lawsuit against two Klansmen by filing a complaint against their organization, the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), and three additional individuals (full story here). Both legal actions are based on the savage July 2006 beating by several IKA members of a 16-year-old boy at the Meade County Fairgrounds in Brandenburg, Ky. The attackers, one of whom weighed 300 pounds, called their 150-pound victim a “spic” and left him with broken bones and other serious injuries.

The new lawsuit was filed after SPLC investigators found evidence that the boy was attacked during the course of an IKA recruiting drive. It argues, among other things, that the IKA leaders bear responsibility because the drive was part of official IKA business. The new suit names both the IKA organization and its national leader, imperial wizard Ron Edwards.

Edwards owns a 15-acre compound in Dawson Springs, Ky., that serves as the group’s headquarters. The land is also used annually to host Nordic Fest, a racist music festival that brings together Klansmen, neo-Nazi skins and other extremists on Memorial Day weekend. Take a look at the 2005 edition of Nordic Fest, featuring an IKA band called Totenkopf Saints (Totenkopf refers to the SS “death’s head” symbol in German) below. The guitarist on the far left is Andrew Watkins, an IKA member who, along with Jarred Hensley, is now serving a three-year sentence for a criminal conviction in the Meade County attack.

The band’s singer is Stephen Edwards, son of Ron Edwards. His lyrics aren’t easy to understand amidst all the bellowing, but here’s what he’s trying to say:

What about the Jews?
No mercy.
What about the spics?
No mercy.
What about the niggers?
No mercy.
What about the faggots?
No mercy.
What about the traitors?
No mercy.

HensleyIKAHensley, the second IKA member serving time for the Meade County attack, was a grand titan, or No. 2 official, in the Ohio branch of the IKA. His Yahoo screen name is ohioss88 (SS refers to elite Nazi troops and 88 is neo-Nazi shorthand for “Heil Hitler”) and his myspace monikers have been beatdownbully and violence. At right, Hensley, clad in an IKA robe, sieg heils.

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  • stephen

    These guys need to be worried about Islam trying to force sharia law across the US. Not the Jews, blacks, or Mexicans. They serve no threat. Islam is successfully taking over Europe at a scary fast pace. I live in Michigan about ten minutes from dearborn. Dearborn has manipulated our constitution and is now under Shari’a law which means (under Islamic Shari’a law) they justify stoning of woman or adulterers, stone rape victims for being with a man even though they were raped! Islam is taking over and when people like me bring this up were islamaphobes, rasict or paranoid. Thereligionofpeace.com

  • Bill

    I would like to address the ignorance of Asheg Islam toward who is considered Aryan because he is completely mistaken and has obviously not even bothered to research our beliefs.

    There are three main categories of Aryans, First is the group that Asheq mistakenly believes to constitute all Aryans, the Anglo Saxon/Germanics who are from western Europe, these are the fair haired, pale skinned people who buy sunblock by the case. Then there are Mediterranean Aryans who came mainly from Spain, Italy and Greece, these people often have dark hair and brown eyes and the abiliy to hold a tan but care must be taken to examine individual bloodlines as these countries were under Ottoman rule for centuries and some race mixing did occur but in general, most of these people are white. Last but not least are the Slavics of Eastern Europe.

    Most mordern white nationalists accept all these people as white. It was Hitler who tried to say only the Anglo- Saxons and Germanics were white. He was mistaken in this one thing and it was a mistake that got George Lincoln Rockwell killed by one of his own people. For the record I fit into the first category, I am German/Irish with blue eyes and am at risk for skin cancer if I spend hours in the sun without protection.