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Ku Klux Klan re-emerging

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
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"We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug," the Klan group said in an email. "He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90% of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white."

"The KKK believes the U.S is drowning in a tide of non-white immigration, controlled and orchestrated by Jews, and is vigorously trying to bring this message to Americans concerned or fearful about immigration," said Deborah Lauter, civil rights director of the ADL. The immigration debate is credited with re-energizing the the Klan in Michigan and 18 other states in the midwest, south, Great Plains, and mid-Atlantic states, she said. Lauter said Phil Lawson, Imperial Wizard of the United Northern and Southern Knights, in Fraser, Michigan, the largest KKK group in Michigan, is quoted as saying that membership has grown at an "astounding pace" over the last decade.

"There is no one Ku Klux Klan, of course, but dozens of different Ku Klux Klan groups of varying sizes scattered around the country," said Heidi Budaj, director for the Michigan region of the ADL. "The midwest has been a historical area of strength for Ku Klux Klan groups, but everything is relative: the Klan has been in long-term decline for some time, nationally and in Michigan.

"Although various Ku Klux Klan groups may have or claim to have some sort of presence (organized or individual members) in Michigan, the actual presence is small," Budaj continued. "Only one Klan group has actually been headquartered in Michigan in recent years, the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (in Fraser)." Recently, they changed their headquarter's address to Illinois.

Imperial Grand Wizard Cole Thornton, a retired electrician now living in Florida, said on a Klan website that the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is active and successfully recruiting. In a story in the Orlando Sentinel on July 21, 2014, Thornton, whose real name is Charles Denton, refused to reveal membership numbers, but said "the Klan advocates for white Christian civil rights."

According to a message from Lawson, which cited a proclamation from Thornton, qualifications for membership in the order shall be: "An applicant must be a white person, of no Jewish ancestry, a native person born in the United States...The applicant must be of sound mind, good character, and free of any homosexual activities or thoughts, they must have a commendable reputation and a respectable vocation, and they must be a believer of the Christian religion." Their loyalty, allegiance and devotion is to the Klan order.

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