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02-06-2007, 05:41 PM
Klan growing, fed by anti-immigrant feelings, report says.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Ku Klux Klan has rebounded by exploiting current hot-button issues, especially immigration, according to a new report released by the Anti-Defamation League.

The Klan, and other white supremacist groups like skinheads and neo-Nazis, grew significantly more active in the past year, holding more rallies, distributing leaflets and increasing their presence on the Internet -- much of it focused on stirring anti-immigrant sentiment, according to the report.

"Extremist groups are good at seizing on whatever the hot button is of the day and twisting the message to get new members," Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Civil Rights director, said Monday. "This one seems to be taking hold with more of mainstream America than we'd like to see." (Read the full ADL report)

"Klan groups have witnessed a surprising and troubling resurgence by exploiting fears of an immigration explosion, and the debate over immigration has, in turn, helped to fuel an increase in Klan activity, with new groups sprouting in parts of the country that have not seen much activity," Lauter said.

Old Klan chapters have been revived and new ones started throughout the South, historically the heart of the group, and in other places such as Michigan, Iowa and New Jersey, says the report.

Last May in Alabama, an anti-immigration rally included slogans such as, "Let's get rid of the Mexicans!" according to the document, titled "Ku Klux Klan Rebounds."

"The Klan is increasingly cooperating with other extremist groups and Neo-Nazi groups," Lauter said. "That's a new phenomenon."

Between 2000 and 2005, hate groups mushroomed 33 percent and Klan chapters by 63 percent, according to Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes.

Precise data are difficult to pin down, but Potok's group counts as many as 150 Klan chapters with up to 8,000 members nationwide. More than 800 hate groups exist around the country, Southern Poverty research shows.

Hate groups were fading in 1990s
In the late 1990s, memberships in such groups was crumbling as they lost leaders and struggled to organize, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Many hit bottom around 2000.

"Whenever you think the Klan is down and out, they find another way to reinvent themselves," he said of the recent resurgence.

Historically, the Klan's focus had been to terrorize African-Americans -- through race riots, lynchings and other killings -- but it reached peak membership at more than 4 million in the 1920s by focusing on immigration.

Newcomers from Ireland and Germany were portrayed as Catholic usurpers invading the United States, taking jobs from native-born Americans and undermining national fabric, Levin said.

Said Potok: "It's remarkable to look back at the nativist sentiments toward Catholics -- it's very similar to what we're seeing with Mexicans now."

Today, many white supremacists blame immigrants, particularly Hispanics, for crime, struggling schools or unemployment, for instance. With many Americans already divided on how to revamp laws and practices to address the nation's swelling immigrant communities, immigration "is an issue that works for hate groups," Potok said.

A burning cross on the front lawn
Many Latinos are feeling the effects firsthand. Last September, a Kentucky family originally from El Salvador found a wooden cross burning on their front lawn just weeks after they moved in.

Earlier last year, a Latino teenager in Houston was brutally beaten and sodomized while one attacker screamed "White Power!" The victim barely survived, and one attacker was sentenced to life in prison.

"I've been doing [Hispanic advocacy work] for a long, long time and the atmosphere has never been as poisonous as it has been in the last few years," said Lisa Navarrete, a vice president at the National Council of La Raza. "The level of vitriol is new."

Increasingly, fear permeates many Hispanic communities as individuals and businesses are targeted. Last year, La Raza held a workshop at its annual convention titled "Keeping Our Institutions Safe."

"It was very well attended, unfortunately," Navarrete said.

-cnn.com

Kong
02-06-2007, 07:27 PM
track em down and burn em down.

TAURO
02-06-2007, 09:01 PM
Im not surprised that this is happening now, when I found out that latino's had officially become the largest minority group in the united states it would only be a matter of time before they became the focus of hate groups.

Frontal Lobotomy
02-06-2007, 09:19 PM
Yeah, its like with Asian fellows in Britain. Far rightwing organisations always gain more power when they blame imigrants. It never once occurred to them that an immigrant workforce is like the backbone of capitalism, and that the white unemployed types that complain, do so out of fear for the state reducing their benefits, and so forth.

TAURO
02-06-2007, 09:22 PM
Yeah, its like with Asian fellows in Britain. Far rightwing organisations always gain more power when they blame imigrants. It never once occurred to them that an immigrant workforce is like the backbone of capitalism, and that the white unemployed types that complain, do so out of fear for the state reducing their benefits, and so forth.

You know that in East London the BMP is trying to get a foothole there because of the large asian population.

check two
02-06-2007, 10:57 PM
I'm actually suprised there aren't more than 8,000 members in the US. That doesn't sound like a whole lot, compared to the total population. That's real messed up that there were 4 million members of the Ku Klux Klan in the US, at one time.

Ultimate Fist
02-06-2007, 11:01 PM
Well I think its more fragmented now. They dont all call themselves KKK so the statistic is lower- you've got Aryan Brotherhood, Nazi Lowriders, etc.

Urban_Journalz
02-07-2007, 02:17 AM
I think it's funny. They'll hold rallies in mid-town Manhattan, but for all their trash-talk, they won't set foot in Harlem. Let alone any of the other 4 boroughs of N.Y.

I wouldn't search out any of them just for the sake of startin', or better, finishin' somethin'. However, I somehow find myself fond of the idea of mowin' down one of 'em with a steamroller. My sincerest apologies if I offended anyone with that. It's sad though. These people have NO lives outside of hatred. How pathetic of an existence is that??

supremecharma
02-07-2007, 02:21 AM
You know that in East London the BMP is trying to get a foothole there because of the large asian population.


its BNP. and they are EVERYWHERE in britain.

TAURO
02-07-2007, 07:16 AM
its BNP.That was a typo and they are EVERYWHERE in britain.

Yes I know they are all over britain, I was just stating this point because it was on the news not that long ago.

Kong
02-07-2007, 07:46 PM
There should be a group that puts a stop to them trying to do what they do. Its getting a fucking joke still having these groups around and having them making moves and growing.

froth
02-07-2007, 07:54 PM
the klan isnt even an issue, they are powerless

TAURO
02-07-2007, 08:30 PM
There should be a group that puts a stop to them trying to do what they do. Its getting a fucking joke still having these groups around and having them making moves and growing.

There are organisations out there trying to stop these groups and cripple their agendas but while people still have opinions there will always be hate groups.

froth
02-07-2007, 09:20 PM
its a cost of free speech, but were moving on from that mentality

zooruka
02-07-2007, 09:23 PM
White power Hahahahah rotflmao



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supremecharma
02-08-2007, 12:51 AM
yeah man i was handed a leaflet the other day by a friend of mine. BNP. he had been given it in a shopping centre in MY town! we were speechless man.... apparently the guy that was handing them out was fucking huge and guess what...................skinhead.

Frontal Lobotomy
02-08-2007, 06:21 AM
You know that in East London the BMP is trying to get a foothole there because of the large asian population.

No doubt, they've been gaining more momentum since the last general election. With Barwick being one of the more notable parliamentary seats in the country.

TAURO
02-08-2007, 07:18 AM
I actually got a BNP leaflet through my letter box last summer, I was so angry that they would have the nerve to post their shit at my house, but I ended up reading it and I have to say the only reaction that came out from me was laughter.
The leaflet claimed over and over again that the BNP was not a racist organisation but they strongly believed in kicking out immigrants and "preseving the british way of life"........fucking ridiculous.

oh and for all the americans here, BNP means British National Party.

Gspot
02-08-2007, 11:39 AM
This bastards tried to stop visitors from Mid-East and Africa just few years ago...Racist bitches...

WU-KILLAH
02-08-2007, 12:29 PM
A round red nose, that's the only thing missing on these fucking Klansmen, and to all these pro-something organization ... a bunch of fuckin clowns.

maestro wooz
02-08-2007, 03:53 PM
the klan isnt even an issue, they are powerless

exactly, i wouldn't be worried about the klan coming back



The leaflet claimed over and over again that the BNP was not a racist organisation but they strongly believed in kicking out immigrants and "preseving the british way of life"........fucking ridiculous.


well if they keep saying it maybe that's what they mean. I don't know much in depth about the bnp, but i can see where they're coming from. America for example, is flooded with immigrants, constantly. The culture and identity of the country changes alot. But america is supposed to fall under the banner of accepting all immigrants and being a free society. If the bnp wants to keep their country static, that's their perogative. I don't think they're against all mexicans, just mexicans who want to come to their country.

Black Man
02-08-2007, 05:15 PM
the kkk got power!!! just because they're not as visible(hardly detected by the naked eye) as they once were doesn't mean they're not around.

TAURO
02-08-2007, 06:25 PM
the kkk got power!!! just because they're not as visible(hardly detected by the naked eye) as they once were doesn't mean they're not around.

They think the KKK are not around because people don't see the white robes, but what people forget is that the people beneith those robes are still around and very active.

Black Man
02-08-2007, 06:25 PM
They think the KKK are not around because people don't see the white robes, but what people forget is that the people beneith those robes are still around and very active.

EXACTLY!!! Teach the people please.

supremecharma
02-09-2007, 01:15 AM
They think the KKK are not around because people don't see the white robes, but what people forget is that the people beneith those robes are still around and very active.


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crass
02-10-2007, 03:38 AM
"no master race is gonna rule this land"

CharlesJones
03-10-2007, 02:16 PM
The KKK should all be locked up for what they did to blacks in the 50's and 60's. Fuck them racist bastards. Have ya'll seen the movie Mississippi Burning with Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe? I love that movie. One of the racist bastards in the movie got cut with a razor on his face by Gene Hackman when they were in the barbershop. I was laughing because Gene had his ass scared to death LOL. The guy that Gene cut had beat up his wife real bad because she had a affair with Gene. Gene's character was a cop who was investigating racist murders. The guy who played Eddie Winslow on Family Matters tv show is in the movie as a little boy. The KKK had a rally in my hometown Cleveland, Ohio in 2001 i think. The rally was downtown and i don't know why they came to Cleveland but there was a fence put up to separate the KKK from the crowd because the crowd wanted to kick their asses LOL. I'm sure there were a lot of blacks downtown that day.

Sniki
03-13-2007, 10:47 AM
They're crazy.