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March 2, 2016 1

While Vying For Attention, Small California Klan Encounters Conflict

The Loyal White Knights (LWK) had every inten­tion of hold­ing a “White Lives Do Mat­ter” protest on Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 27, 2016, at Pear­son Park in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia. But before the event could kick off, a bloody brawl erupted between Klan sup­port­ers and counter-protesters.

Klans­men, barely able to exit their cars, were sud­denly swarmed by counter-protesters who wres­tled Bill Hagan, the Cal­i­for­nia LWK’s Grand Dragon, to the ground. Other Klan mem­bers were sim­i­larly attacked, and as the chaos con­tin­ued, Klan mem­bers stabbed three counter-protesters, appar­ently with the tip of a flag pole, leav­ing one crit­i­cally wounded.

Six Klans­men were arrested, but they were released on Feb­ru­ary 29, after law enforce­ment deter­mined they were act­ing in self-defense. Seven anti-Klan-protesters were booked by the Ana­heim Police Depart­ment on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and for elder abuse (after stomp­ing on a senior Klan member).

(At any poten­tially inflam­ma­tory protest, sep­a­rat­ing the pro­test­ers from any counter-demonstrators is crit­i­cal – it pro­tects even the most hate­ful speech while ensur­ing the safety of every­one involved. This sep­a­ra­tion was clearly not achieved – or main­tained – in Anaheim).

Like other Klan groups around the coun­try, the Loyal White Knights say they rep­re­sent the increas­ingly “endan­gered” white pop­u­la­tion, which they claim makes up a mere 9 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. In fact, Klan groups them­selves appear to be the only “endan­gered” entity: The ADL has iden­ti­fied about thirty active Klan groups in the United States, slightly down from the 2014 tally. Most Klan groups range in size from small to very small; chap­ters are often com­prised of a sin­gle local member.

As a feint against their dimin­ish­ing influ­ence, Klan groups con­tinue to use attention-getting stunts to attract pub­lic­ity.  For exam­ple, in 2015 the Inter­na­tional Key­stone Knights made head­lines for appeal­ing an “adopt a high­way” court rul­ing in Geor­gia while the Knights Party drew media atten­tion after spon­sor­ing a pro-white bill­board in Arkansas.

The most com­mon Klan tac­tic, how­ever, con­tin­ues to be the use of fliers to broad­cast their racist, anti-Semitic, homo­pho­bic, and increas­ingly Islam­o­pho­bic mes­sage. In 2015, the ADL counted 85 Klan flier­ing inci­dents, an increase from 73 inci­dents in 2014.  In the last six months, the very small Cal­i­for­nia Loyal White Knights group has caused an out­sized stir in a num­ber of Cal­i­for­nia cities, includ­ing Whit­tier, Santa Ana and Ana­heim, as neigh­bors dis­cov­ered candy and rock-filled bags with pro-Klan mes­sages on their front lawns. As the Anti-Defamation League has pre­vi­ously noted, this leaflet­ing activ­ity is actu­ally a des­per­ate pub­lic­ity tac­tic, and reflects Klan groups’ declin­ing stature and membership.

Today’s Klan groups tend to be irres­olute, short-lived and in a con­stant state of flux.More than half of the cur­rently active Klans were formed just in the last five years. While a few long­stand­ing Klans, still exist, they are mere shad­ows of their for­mer selves. In fact, two promi­nent Klans dis­banded in Late 2015: Mor­ris Gulett’s Louisiana-based Aryan Nations Knights and Ron Edward’s Kentucky-based Impe­r­ial Klans of America.

As befits the groups’ shrink­ing ranks, pub­lic Klan events are increas­ingly rare. There were only two pub­lic Klan events of con­se­quence in 2015.  In July, mem­bers of the Loyal White Knights and the Trin­ity White Knights joined mem­bers of the neo-Nazi Nation­al­ist Social­ist Move­ment in protest­ing the removal of the Con­fed­er­ate flag from the South Car­olina State House.  In March, approx­i­mately 20 Klans­men ral­lied in Mont­gomery, Alabama, at an event hon­or­ing Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.

In the 1920s, accord­ing to some his­tor­i­cal accounts, Anaheim’s Pear­son Park was the site of events that attracted upwards of 20,000 Klan sup­port­ers. This past weekend’s protests and vio­lence involved six Klan sup­port­ers — and while that cer­tainly epit­o­mizes the state of today’s Klan, the group’s his­tor­i­cal bag­gage and unde­ni­able noto­ri­ety means that even one Klan mem­ber has the poten­tial to spark con­sid­er­able pain and upset.

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July 8, 2015 2

White Supremacists Angry About Alleged Demise of White Race

Claim­ing that they are an endan­gered species account­ing for a mere 9% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, white suprema­cists are react­ing with anger to what they view as soci­etal focus on cre­at­ing white guilt and hatred against white peo­ple, white her­itage and Christianity.endangered species

The hype spread­ing through their ranks warns of their “cul­tural cleans­ing” and ulti­mately “white geno­cide.” This rhetoric is not based on any new con­cepts, but there are some new irri­tants that are gal­va­niz­ing white suprema­cists and revi­tal­iz­ing their notion that with­out action the white race is doomed to extinction.

The most recent irri­tant stems from the rev­e­la­tion that racist Dylann Storm Roof, the alleged mur­derer of nine black parish­ioners at a Charleston, South Car­olina church, used the Con­fed­er­ate flag as a sym­bol of hate.

White suprema­cists are incensed over the recent nation­wide move­ment to rid pub­lic parks and build­ings, license plates, and retail stores of Con­fed­er­ate flags after the Charleston shoot­ing. One Klan group is plan­ning a July rally to protest of the removal of the Con­fed­er­ate flag from South Carolina’s Statehouse.

In addi­tion to white suprema­cists’ mount­ing frus­tra­tion over pub­lic dis­dain for the Con­fed­er­ate flag are the numer­ous peti­tions and efforts to rename dozens of parks, bridges and uni­ver­sity build­ings which are named after con­fed­er­ate sol­diers and/or Klansmen.

The frus­tra­tion over these attempts is not new. In 2013, approx­i­mately 75 white suprema­cists protested the renam­ing of three Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, parks pre­vi­ously named in honor of the Con­fed­er­acy, its leader, and a Klan leader. This protest demon­strated unusual unity among white suprema­cists with three dif­fer­ent Klan groups, a neo-Nazi group, and mem­bers of sev­eral racist skin­head groups in attendance.

Another issue dis­turb­ing white suprema­cists is their per­cep­tion of the way the media cov­ers crime. Extrem­ists believe black on white crime is under-reported com­pared to white on black crime. This view­point was recently com­pounded fol­low­ing media reports regard­ing the killing of black men by white police offi­cers, the “black lives mat­ter” move­ment, and the sub­se­quent civil unrest.

One note­wor­thy reac­tion by white suprema­cist to these media reports has been their sup­port for law enforce­ment offi­cers, which they have nor­mally with­held. In 2014, at least three Klan mem­bers attended an Impe­r­ial, Mis­souri, rally in sup­port of Dar­ren Wil­son, the police offi­cer who fatally shot unarmed black rob­bery sus­pect Michael Brown in Ferguson.

More sur­pris­ingly, due to their long stand­ing cul­tural dis­dain for police, a small group of racist skin­heads recently demon­strated for a week in May 2015 in sup­port of police in Olympia, Wash­ing­ton, after an offi­cer shot two unarmed black men.

White suprema­cists are also mim­ic­k­ing the “black lives mat­ter” slo­gan. Not only did white suprema­cist lead­ers of the neo-Nazi National Alliance and Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work inter­rupt a May 2015 “black lives mat­ter” press con­fer­ence in Cincin­nati, but mem­bers of the Aryan Renais­sance Soci­ety dis­trib­uted “white lives mat­ter” fliers in Rhode Island and Con­necti­cut last month.

White suprema­cists believe that Amer­i­can soci­ety is espous­ing an anti-white agenda that pro­motes diver­sity and inte­gra­tion in order to insure that whites become a minor­ity. In reac­tion, they have declared that the days of fence sit­ting are over and are call­ing for whites to fight against the so-called destruc­tion of the white race.

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February 15, 2012 5

American White Supremacists Embrace South Africa…Sort Of

Mon­ica Stone speak­ing at 2011 Aryan Nations World Congress

A coterie of Amer­i­can white suprema­cists is work­ing to orga­nize “nation­wide” protests for Feb­ru­ary 27, 2012, as part of an effort dubbed the South Africa Project (SAP). This “project” has as its stated goal stop­ping the alleged “geno­cide of Whites” in South Africa. Par­tic­i­pants and orga­niz­ers include rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all five of the major white suprema­cist move­ments in the United States (neo-Nazis, racist skin­heads, “tra­di­tional” white suprema­cists, Chris­t­ian Iden­tity adher­ents, and racist prison gangs). In par­tic­u­lar, adher­ents of the racist and anti-Semitic reli­gious sect Chris­t­ian

Iden­tity are involved with the protests.
Accord­ing to SAP orga­niz­ers, events are planned at or near 13 state capi­tols around the coun­try. Sev­eral orga­niz­ers have already obtained per­mits to rally or com­pleted notices of pub­lic assem­bly as required by local ordi­nances; oth­ers plan to hold side­walk protests and demon­stra­tions. Tar­geted states include Alabama, Arkansas, Cal­i­for­nia, Con­necti­cut, Florida, Idaho, Mary­land, New Hamp­shire, New York, Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ten­nessee, and Texas.

The protests got their start in 2011 thanks to Mon­ica Stone, a long-time mem­ber of the Louisiana-based white suprema­cist Chris­t­ian Defense League and immi­grant from South Africa. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, she spoke of the alleged plight of white South Africans at Mor­ris Gulett’s Aryan Nations World Con­gress event in Louisiana. In fact, SAP uses Gulett’s Louisiana mail­ing address, while sev­eral protests are being orga­nized by mem­bers of Gulett’s Aryan Nations. For exam­ple, Robert Radyn is orga­niz­ing the Albany, New York, protest, and Ryan Mullins, the “Impe­r­ial Wiz­ard” of the Gulett-associated Aryan Nation Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, is orga­niz­ing the Nashville, Ten­nessee, event.

White suprema­cists from other groups are also involved with SAP events. California-based Mike Myers, SAP’s “Chief Coor­di­na­tor,” is orga­niz­ing the rally at Sacra­mento. Myers is a racist skin­head who claims mem­ber­ship in the Golden State Skin­heads and the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion.

The Austin, Texas, march is being orga­nized by David McGlumphy of Dal­las. McGlumphy, a mem­ber of the Texas-based street/prison gang White Knights of Amer­ica (WKOA), was released from prison in early 2010. His wife, Anna, is the Texas con­tact per­son for SAP.

Billy Roper, the for­mer leader of the Arkansas-based White Rev­o­lu­tion, is orga­niz­ing the rally sched­uled in Lit­tle Rock. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, Roper joined Thomas Robb’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Robb and his daugh­ter, Rachel Pen­der­graft, are sched­uled to attend the rally. Also attend­ing is Allen Tru­itt of Mis­souri, the leader of the Aryan Nations Prison Min­istry.

Ron­nie Carr, a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi group Volks­front, is orga­niz­ing a SAP event in Greenville, Ten­nessee, “for the peo­ple in East TN, West NC, and South­west VA who can’t make it to their respec­tive state cap­i­tal protests.” Don­ald Palmer, also affil­i­ated with Volks­front, is orga­niz­ing the Har­ris­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, event.

In an effort to dis­guise them­selves as civil rights activists, SAP orga­niz­ers have attempted to dis­cour­age would-be atten­dees from wear­ing white suprema­cist shirts, Klan robes, or neo-Nazi uni­forms. Billy Roper directed one racist skin­head to cover his white suprema­cist cra­nial tat­toos with a hat dur­ing the protest. Though atten­dance over­all is expected to be low, some of the events are bet­ter orga­nized than others.

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