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Skyline - Houston, Texas

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Continued from post above:

There are numerous hate groups of various kinds in the USA. The KKK has many branches, is the largest and after a decline is now becoming more and more active. The Klan regards themselves as Crusaders/Saviors of our nation and of White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant culture. The SPLC fights against haters.

The Southern Poverty Law Center
filed suit against the nation's second-largest Klan group and five Klansmen, saying two members were on a recruiting mission for the group in July 2006 when they savagely beat a teenage boy at a county fair in Kentucky.

The lawsuit claims that as part of an official recruiting drive organized by the leadership of the *Imperial Klans of America (IKA), several members went to the Meade County Fairgrounds in Brandenburg, Ky., to hand out business cards and flyers advertising a "white-only" IKA function.

Unprovoked, two of the Klansmen at the fair began harassing a 16-year-old boy of Panamanian descent, calling him a "spic," according to the lawsuit. The boy, who stands 5-foot-3 and weighs just 150 pounds, was beaten to the ground and kicked by the Klansmen, one of whom is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. The beating left the boy with two cracked ribs, a broken left forearm, multiple cuts and bruises and jaw injuries requiring extensive dental repair.

"The defendants are members and high-ranking officials of one of the most violent white supremacist groups in America," said SPLC President Richard Cohen. "They promote violence and intimidation and call for the death of racial and ethnic minorities, homosexuals and so-called* 'race traitors.' They targeted and viciously beat our client solely because he has brown skin."

The SPLC has documented a 40 percent rise in the number of hate groups since 2000 — an increase fueled by anti-immigration furor aimed largely at Latinos. The boy who was attacked is a U.S. citizen.

The lawsuit says the boy has endured physical and mental pain and suffering from the attack. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

The suit names Ron Edwards, the IKA's founder and highest-ranking member; J. Edward, who as an *Exalted Cyclops had "authority over and responsibility for the operations and activities of the IKA in Kentucky"; and Joshua Cowles, another member participating in the recruiting drive.

The IKA's compound in Dawson Springs, Ky., is situated on 28 acres owned by Edwards. It is the site of Nordic Fest, a music festival that brings together Klansmen, skinheads and members of other violent hate groups each year in May.

Over the past 25 years, the SPLC has crippled some of the nation's largest and most violent white supremacist organizations by helping victims of racial violence sue for monetary damages. Its victories include a $7 million verdict against the United Klans in 1987 for the lynching of Michael Donald in Mobile, Ala.; a $12.4 million verdict against the White Aryan Resistance in 1990 for the brutal murder of an Ethiopian student in Portland; and a $6.3 million verdict against the Aryan Nations in 2000 that forced the organization to give up its 20-acre compound in Idaho.

[WA:** How silly and megalomaniac! "Imperial"? "Exalted Cyclops"? "Grand Dragon"? "Grand Titan"? and other equally asinine titles. Do they have any idea how ridiculous these labels sound to normal people? The appellation 'race traitors' are applied to whites who couple with minorities. Dorks!]


Email from SPLC:

Subject: SPLC Threat Alert
Southern Poverty Law Center
Aug. 13, 2007

Dear Friend,

Since I wrote you two weeks ago about our new lawsuit against the nation's second largest Klan group (IKA) for the vicious beating of a 16-year-old boy, there have been numerous death threats against us.

Here are just a few examples:

"The SPLC destroyed the United Klans of America and not one of their members did anything about it. The SPLC then destroyed Aryan Nations -- and not one of their members did anything about it. Now the SPLC is going after IKA. We all know the proper response; it is time to make it!"
Hal Turner,
national white supremacist leader

"I say we should blow up their buildings."
hate group website

"I would personally enjoy playing Baghdad Shia/Sunni torture chamber with these pukes in the splc. Craftsman makes a good cordless drill that will put a 1/2" bit through a few dozen knee caps before having to replace the battery."
TexaSS Bob,
posted to a white supremacist website

Ever since Klansmen torched our building, we have to take threats like these seriously. Over 30 people have been jailed in connection with plots to kill me or blow up the Center. Our latest case against the IKA promises to be as dangerous as anything we've faced.

We won't back down from these threats, but we'll have to increase our security to ensure the safety of our staff.

Morris Dees



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