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Maryland County OKs Use of Building for Klan Group Meeting

Posted in Klan by Ryan Lenz on December 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Citing First Amendment rights, a county in Maryland has given a Ku Klux Klan group permission to meet in a county government building tomorrow night to promote a petition drive to impeach President Obama.

“Barack Hussein Obama is an illegal president,” Richard Preston, imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights, told the Cecil Whig. “He needs to be removed from office. We also want ‘Obamacare’ shut down. It’s against citizens’ rights.”

Raw Story reported that an impeachment petition would be passed around during the meeting.

Al Wein, Cecil County director of administration, insisted that the county had no choice but to allow the group to use the building. ( continue to full post… )

Florida School Named After Klan Leader to Change Name

Posted in Anti-Black, Klan, Neo-Confederate by Mark Potok on December 18, 2013 - 10:04 am

Forty-three years after it was integrated by court order, Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., will drop the name of the Confederate general who ran an infamous antebellum slaveyard, presided over the massacre of surrendering black Yankee troops, and was the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

It was a long time coming.

Initial efforts to change the name of the school, whose student body is now 61% black, were made in the early 1990s but failed. A second attempt, led by local sociology professor Lance Stoll and a few of his students, also failed in 2007, even though Stoll surveyed the local community and jumped through a series of hoops imposed by the school board. The board defied its own policies then, with members voting 5-2 along racial lines to keep the name of the infamous Confederate. ( continue to full post… )

David Duke Tossed Out of Another European Country

Posted in Klan, Neo-Nazi by Heidi Beirich on December 6, 2013 - 11:03 am

Former Klansman and veteran anti-Semite David Duke was expelled from Italy after a court there deemed him “socially dangerous” for allegedly planning to create a pan-European neo-Nazi group. According to press reports, a Venice court upheld a decision denying Duke renewal of his residency permit after he was found living under “false pretenses” near the northern Italian town of Belluno.

Duke reportedly entered Italy on a student visa in 2011 using his middle name, Ernest. The following year, Belluno authorities discovered the mistake and moved to have him removed. Belluno deputy police commissioner Luciano Meneghetti said Duke was supposedly conducting research in the Cadore Valley in the Italian Alps. According to the Venice court decision, he was also found by “official reliable sources” to be establishing “an organization aiming to exterminate the black and Jewish races in Europe.”

“We consider him as a highly dangerous individual due to his infamous racist theories,” Meneghetti told International Business Times UK. The paper also reported that Duke’s Italian lawyer, Filippo Augusto, said Duke was evaluating whether to lodge a further appeal and that he had left Italy. Augusto was unaware of his current location. ( continue to full post… )

Former Alabama Klansman and Mother Arrested in 2009 Cross Burning

Posted in Extremist Crime, Klan, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on December 2, 2013 - 1:21 pm

A former Ku Klux Klan leader in Alabama and his mother, who also was a Klan member, face federal charges related to a 2009 cross burning in a predominantly black neighborhood.

Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, was arrested by FBI agents on Nov. 25 in Mississippi following the arrest four days earlier of his mother, Pamela Morris, 45, the former secretary of a Klan chapter in Ozark, Ala., the Justice Department said in a statement.

Dinkle, the former “exalted cyclops” of the Ozark chapter, is named in a five-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate housing rights, criminal interference with the right to fair housing, using fire to commit a federal felony and two counts of obstruction of justice.

The indictment alleges Dinkle and another person, who’s not publicly identified, built a 6-foot cross, wrapped it in jeans and towels and set it afire on May 8, 2009, on Johntown Road, near the entrance to a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Ozark. ( continue to full post… )

Former Klansman, Once Defendant in SPLC Case, Identified as Murder Victim

Posted in Extremist Crime, Klan, White Supremacist by Ryan Lenz on November 20, 2013 - 4:12 pm

The Louisville Police Department today identified a man who was shot to death two weeks ago as Joshua Cowles, the former recruiting director for the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and one of the defendants in a lawsuit brought against group members by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 2007.

A coroner’s report found that Cowles, 31, who also went by the names “Massimo Carlucci” and “Gotti,” died from multiple gunshot wounds on Nov. 7 inside a Louisville home. Several people were inside at the time of the shooting, including a woman police believed to be a person of interest. No further details were immediately available. Louisville police did not return several telephone messages left today.

Cowles was among the four IKA members who accosted 16-year-old Jordan Gruver while on a recruiting mission at the Meade County Fair in Brandenburg, Ky., near the group’s compound in Dawson Springs, in July 2007. Without provocation, they threw whiskey in his face, called him an “illegal spic” and brutally beat him. Gruver, a U.S. citizen of Panamanian Indian descent, suffered severe injuries, including a broken jaw and nerve damage. ( continue to full post… )

The Bright Side of the Government Shutdown

Posted in Klan by Don Terry on October 1, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Once again, the battlefield of Gettysburg is the site of a Confederate defeat.

It seems the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were planning a rally this Saturday at the Gettysburg National Military Park. But, as fortune would have it, the park will be closed because of the government shutdown that began today.

That means the South shall not rise again over the scene of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War – at least not this weekend. ( continue to full post… )

Feds: Klansman and Accomplice Designed Radiation Gun to Kill Muslims

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Klan by Bill Morlin on June 19, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Two men, one of them a member of the Ku Klux Klan, were arraigned today in Albany, N.Y., on federal charges of plotting to build a mobile radiation gun intended to kill Muslims – or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.

Glendon Scott  Crawford, 49, a Klan member from Galway, N.Y., and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, are both charged with conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism in the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The case has been under investigation by a Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least April 2012, when Crawford allegedly reached out to Jewish organizations, asking if Israel would be interested in such a weapon to kill its enemies. ( continue to full post… )

Teaching Intolerance: ‘Klan Kamp’ to Open in Ozarks

Posted in Klan, White Supremacist by Hatewatch Staff on June 17, 2013 - 4:20 pm
Thomas Robb, Knights Party leader and pastor.

Call it Klan Kamp, a summertime retreat in the Ozark Mountains where, for $500 per camper, young and old can learn the fundamentals of the “HOLY mission of White Christian Revival” with the goal of becoming leaders in the “New Crusade for race, faith and homeland.”

On Aug. 23, the first class of the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute (SOTC) is scheduled to begin on the Arkansas property of the Knights Party, the offspring of David Duke’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. ( continue to full post… )

Jeff Berry, Former Klan Leader, Dies at 64

Posted in Klan, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on June 7, 2013 - 4:55 pm
eff Berry, former leader of the American Knights of the Ku Klux KlanJeff Berry, former leader of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

Jeffery Lynn Berry, who once headed the largest Ku Klux Klan group in the United States, often called the “bully-boy Klan,” died of lung cancer on May 31 at a hospital in Cook County, Ill., authorities confirmed today. He was 64 and most recently had been living in Kankakee, Ill.

Despite the headlines he once generated with Klan rallies and marches and theatrical appearances on the Jerry Springer TV show, Berry’s death a week ago hasn’t sparked a ripple of attention anywhere – even in KKK circles and Internet racist forums. ( continue to full post… )

Under Huge Police Presence, Memphis Uneasily Faces the Klan

Posted in Klan by Don Terry on March 31, 2013 - 10:57 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “Here they come,” someone shouted, standing in the rain in the fenced-in and heavily guarded protest area set up here more than 100 yards from where the Ku Klux Klan was beginning its controversial rally Saturday on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse.

“I can’t see them,” someone else said, climbing on his tiptoes. “They’re too many cops in the way.”

The police presence was indeed overwhelming and the rain steady as the Klan arrived at the courthouse steps at 2:15, about 45 minutes late on the day before Easter. But from the city-designated protest area it was impossible to hear them and nearly impossible to see them except for the tops of their pointy white hoods. ( continue to full post… )