The “grand dragon” of Pennsylvania’s Ku Klux Klan told a local news station that Frazier Glenn Miller, the white supremacist who allegedly killed three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas, isn’t a “real Klansman” and does not represent his group’s views.
“He was yelling ‘heil Hitler’ going down the road, you’ll never see a real Klansman do that,” “John,” the leader of the state Klan, told WTAJ in an interview Monday night.
Miller formed his own KKK chapter in North Carolina in the 1980’s that later evolved into a sort of paramilitary group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extensive background file on his activities.
John told WTAJ that the term “hate group” no longer applies his organization, and added that and today’s Klan would “not stand for” Miller’s violence.
“I’m not going to apologize for him, that’s the way they did it back in the day,” he said. “We choose to go in a different direction.”
“We are not a hate group,” he added. “I have a lot of black friends, I have Mexican friends. I do believe that when it comes to laying down with ’em, we should be separate. But as far as a hate group, we do not hate anyone.”
The Klan now fights for prayer in school and the Constitution instead, he said.
h/t Jim Romanesko
Image via WTAJ
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