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May 11, 2014 12:07 pm

Civil Rights Lawyer Says ‘There Are Many More Glenn Miller’s Out There’

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A Ku Klux Klan cross lighting. Photo: WikiCommons.

A Ku Klux Klan cross lighting. Photo: WikiCommons.

Richard Cohen, executive director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the veteran Alabama-based civil rights law group, said Frazier Glenn Miller, the former Ku Klux Klan leader who killed three people at Jewish community buildings in Overland Park, Kansas, last month, is just one of many.

“There are many more Glenn Millers out there,” Cohen told the UK’s Jewish Chronicle in an interview published at the weekend. “Our government isn’t doing enough to counter this directly.”

The SPLC brought a case against him in the 1980s over his activities with the Ku Klux Klan, and Miller was found in contempt of court and jailed for three years.

In response to the case, Miller offered a bounty on the head of one of the founders of SPLC, said Cohen, who has worked there since 1986.

Mark Potok, a Jew and senior fellow at the SPLC said about the Kansas shooting, “I think it was terrifying to American Jews. The remarkable thing though, is that it was not a unique incident.”

Potok, whose father is a Holocaust survivor, said, “I grew up — from smallest infancy — hyper aware of where racism and antisemitism and fascism lead. That is — directly to the gas chambers.”

Potok said that since the election of President Barack Obama, “we have seen a whole series of neo-Nazi attacks” and “rising anger on the political right.”

Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC  has offices across the U.S. South and is known for its efforts in fighting racism and bigotry. In the late 1980s, the SPLC decimated the ‘White Aryan Resistance’ when it sued the hate group over the brutal murder of an Ethiopian student in Portland, Oregon. A decade later, the SPLC won a $6.3 million verdict against Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler after one of the organisation’s security guards killed a woman and her child.

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