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Tom, as I sat there on CNN on Sunday reporting on the breaking news I felt as though I had been suddenly transported back in time and was reporting from the 1950’s or 60’s.
A man at a Jewish community center on the eve of a Jewish holiday was reportedly heard asking people if they were Jewish before shooting them at close range with a shotgun.
That same man then allegedly got into his car, drove to a Jewish retirement facility and then shot and killed another person before police caught up with him in the parking lot of a nearby elementary school.
As the 73-year old suspect, Frazier Glenn Miller, in handcuffs, sat in the back of the police car, and could be heard yelling “Heil Hitler” at the top of his lungs.
He is a self-professed anti-Semite and white-supremacist.
Miller ran for congress in 2010 as a write-in candidate.
Here’s one of his radio ads challenging white people to stop being so complacent and stand up for white rights, “But you don’t care do you whitey? All you care about is satisfying your belly, pocketbook and genitals and watching the coons play ball on television.”
In the 1980’s he said this about his disgust for integrating the military.
“Simply put the United States Army couldn’t whip their way out of a paper sack in my opinion because of the effects of large numbers of minorities, inferior peoples in our military. And I think that has been intentionally brought about because of the Jewish influence in our government that has forced our leaders to allow large numbers of minorities and blacks in our military.”
That was 1984, the year I graduated high school.
It would not have surprised me back then because the Ku Klux Klan would pass out literature after church on Sunday’s right in front of my high school in Baker, Louisiana.
Fast forward to 2014 and the number of racial hate groups and militias has exploded.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, it’s because of the changing demographics of America and the election of a black president.
The SPLC reports the number of radical anti-government, militia groups increased 150 to 1,274 during the first 4 years of the Obama presidency.
They also say there have been more homegrown domestic terrorism attacks by right-wing groups than by international terrorists during his presidency.
Here’s the bottom line; the more we think we progress the more we regress in racial, anti-minority, religious and ethnic hatred.
We have to be aware and vigilant when we come across people like Frazier Glenn Miller.
He is the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party.
Both organizations operated as paramilitary groups in the 1980s.
In plain sight his hatred boiled over, leading him to kill three people, none of whom by the way, turned out to be Jewish.
Now on the internet his white supremacist friends are calling him an idiot because he didn’t kill a Jew.
The irony is too much; idiots with the nerve to call someone else an idiot.
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