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KKK Starts a Neighborhood Watch

'It's not targeting any specific ethnicity,' president assures

(Newser) - How comforting: Residents of a Pennsylvania neighborhood found fliers on their doorsteps Friday morning with a picture of a hooded KKK member and the words, "You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!" Yes, after a number of break-ins in Fairview Township, the local chapter of the... More »

Kansas City Shooting Suspect Charged With Capital Murder

Frazier Glenn Miller held on $10M bond

(Newser) - Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges today against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather... More »

Kansas City Shootings Investigated as Hate Crimes

As hundreds gather to mourn 3 victims

(Newser) - The Justice Department, under Eric Holder's orders, will investigate whether yesterday's shootings at two Kansas City Jewish sites broke the federal hate crimes law, the AP reports. Holder today issued a statement on the shootings, which ended with three dead, allegedly at the hands of white supremacist Frazier... More »

Dem Rep Uses Flaming Cross, Compares Tea Party to KKK

Yes, Alan Grayson of Florida is at it again

(Newser) - Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson has been relatively uncontroversial for at least five minutes now , so this week became time to discuss his distaste for the Tea Party in an email to supporters: The movement, he says in a transcribed interview with Al Sharpton, "is no more popular than the... More »

ACLU Agrees to Defend KKK

Georgia highway dispute creates unlikely bedfellows

(Newser) - The Ku Klux Klan has a right to adopt a highway , the American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday, announcing that it would accept the white supremacist group's request for representation in its dispute with the Georgia Department of Transportation. The ACLU has previously said it views the case as... More »

KKK Asks ACLU for Help in Highway Case

Civil rights group considering protecting Klan's free speech

(Newser) - The Ku Klux Klan is turning to a surprise choice for help in its fight to sponsor a highway cleanup: the ACLU. And the civil rights group is considering taking the case, representatives tell the Guardian . Georgia refused the KKK's request to sponsor a portion of highway where members... More »

Georgia to Klan: No Highway for You

State rejects group's adoption attempt

(Newser) - Georgia has foiled a Ku Klux Klan plot: The state has shot down the group's attempt to adopt a highway , reports CNN . A state DOT statement said the signs would be a distraction to motorists, notes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Don't expect things to end here, however. The Klan... More »

KKK Tries to Adopt a Highway

'We're not going to be out there in robes,' exalted cyclops promises

(Newser) - A Georgia Ku Klux Klan chapter has applied to "adopt" a stretch of highway in the Appalachian Mountains, and the state may actually have to allow it. The last time the Klan tried to adopt a highway, state officials in Missouri tried to block it, and wound up losing... More »

Cardinal Likens Gay Rights Movement to KKK

Chicago's Francis George under fire

(Newser) - Gay rights groups in Chicago are criticizing the city's Catholic cardinal for drawing a comparison between the gay rights movement and the Ku Klux Klan, reports the Chicago Tribune . Weighing in on a dispute between a local pastor complaining about the timing of a gay pride parade, Cardinal Francis... More »

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Arrested in Germany

Authorities set to deport former Louisiana lawmaker

(Newser) - American white supremacist David Duke got arrested in Germany only a few hours before speaking to a far-right rally and is now set to be deported, reports the Daily Mail . German authorities say they are booting the 61-year-old anti-Semite because he violated a travel ban issued by another European country—... More »

Westboro Protested by ... the KKK

Two groups converge at Arlington National Cemetery

(Newser) - Not a surprise: Westboro Baptist Church was doing its thing yesterday, protesting at Arlington National Cemetery hours before President Obama’s Memorial Day observances at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Somewhat more of a surprise: Members of the controversial church were met by a counter-protest … by purported members of... More »

Haley Barbour Won't Denounce KKK Plates

'I don't go around denouncing people'

(Newser) - Haley Barbour doesn’t think Mississippi’s legislature will approve the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ proposed license plate honoring Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest—but he’s not going denounce the proposal. The state’s NAACP has called on Barbour to do so, the AP reports, but when... More »

Georgia Lawmaker Likens GOP to KKK, Then Womanizers

Comments about 'white sheets' stir things up

(Newser) - A Georgia state senator has thrown down against his political rivals, comparing turncoat Democrats to Ku Klux Klan members, Mediaite reports. State Senator Robert Brown, lashing out against his former Dems who'd switched over to the GOP after Republicans made big gains in the election, said that they "put... More »

KKK Snowman Enrages Idaho Neighborhood

Hooded snow sculpture held a noose, but owner says it's not hateful

(Newser) - Ahh, the holidays ... a time for merry-making, gift-giving ... and noose-wielding KKK snowmen? That's what residents of Hayden, Idaho, found in one neighbor's yard. In addition to the noose, which was later removed, the 10-foot-tall snow sculpture was also originally adorned with a KKK hood and is located in a yard... More »

Another Noose Found at UC San Diego

Pall of racism hangs over campus

(Newser) - For the second time this year, an object resembling a noose was found at UC San Diego, raising concerns about racism on campus. The crudely fashioned rope loop was found near a performing arts venue, reports the Los Angeles Times . In February, a similar object was found in a campus... More »

Ariz. Majority Leader Follows ex-Grand Wizard on Twitter

He has 'no idea' how that happened

(Newser) - Arizona immigration bill-backer and state Senate majority leader Chuck Gray has been following a white supremacist on Twitter. StormfrontWPWW (White Pride Worldwide) was launched by former KKK Grand Wizard Don Black of Florida, who has been barred from traveling to the UK for inciting hatred. Gray has also followed a... More »

Jury Awards $2.5M to KKK Beating Victim

(Newser) - A KKK leader and one of his followers must pay $2.5 million in damages for the vicious beating of an American Indian teen in 2006, the Courier-Journal reports. Prosecutors hope the verdict in the civil trial will be economically devastating to the Kentucky-based Imperial Klans of America, the second-biggest... More »

Klan Recruit Slain in Initiation

Woman shot as she tries to leave KKK ritual

(Newser) - A woman was murdered by a Ku Klux Klan leader after she backed out of an initiation ritual, according to investigators. The unidentified Oklahoma woman, who had been recruited on the internet, was about to join a Louisiana KKK group called the Sons of Dixie Brotherhood. After several rites, including... More »

Mich. Letters Taunt Obama; Racist Vandals Strike Sign

Secret Service investigates mail threatening Dem, supporters

(Newser) - The Secret Service is investigating anti-Obama letters sent to a local Democratic office and a business in south-central Michigan, the AP reports, even as authorities in Pittsfield Township, about 40 miles west of Detroit, say an Obama billboard was defaced with swastikas and Klan symbols overnight. One letter declares a... More »

Court Tosses Ex-Klansman's Conviction in '64 Murders

Statute of limitations for kidnapping had expired, appeals panel rules

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has thrown out last year's conspiracy and kidnapping conviction of an ex-Klansman involved in the murders of two black teens in Mississippi in 1964. Lawyers for James Ford Seale said they will seek to have the 72-year-old cancer patient, who was serving three life sentences, freed... More »

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