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posted by: Joe Mulhall | on: Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 16:50
America’s largest and most notorious KKK group, the Loyal White Knights (LWK), has been thrown into bloody crisis and infighting just weeks after its inner workings and activist base was exposed following a 15-month infiltration by HOPE not hate.
A recent article by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), a leading civil rights organisation based in Alabama, USA, shows how in the months following our exposé the Loyal White Knights has been ‘falling apart at the seams’ due to an ‘ongoing pattern of leadership difficulties and dissension in the ranks that have plagued LWK for months.’
The tension and mistrust spilt over into violence last week, with Richard Dillon, a member from Indiana, stabbed multiple times and William Hagen, LWK leader in California, left with two black eyes and cuts to his face. Hagen was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, while the group’s leader, Chris Barker, was charged with aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
This has all come in the wake of our explosive report that exposed the LWK plot to ignite a race war in America. The group has an extreme culture which supports violence against gays and ethnic minorities. We acquired the group’s membership list which The Guardian/Observer confirmed included a serving police officer.
Initial Fall Out
In advance of our investigation being made public by The Observer, we emailed all supporters of the LWK KKK informing them of our plans to publish. While some responded to our email with vile racist slurs, others began denying their links to the KKK.
However, the responses on the closed members’ forum were much more panicked as members tried to work out the scale and source of the leak. Before long they realised that hundreds of supporters had received emails and the finger pointing began.
Ironically, just hours before our email to supporters Chris Barker, the leader of the LWK, had sent out a message calling for a relaxation of the vetting process for new members, a process both he and his wife had waived for our infiltrator. He wrote: ‘Stop being so ruff [sic] unless we know they are nigger lovers’.
Soon after, fully aware that it was their fault for letting HOPE not hate in, Barker and his wife Amanda began to deflect blame. Instead of admitting they were responsible they claimed the whole thing was a fake, dreamt up by two disaffected ex-members, ‘Chris and Jacqueline from Georgia’ (who had been thrown out the Klan for using methamphetamine).
Amanda wrote on the closed forum: ‘They are trying to scare people. Don’t let them get to you. As for both of them will be banished and harshly dealt with.’ The Grand Dragon for Georgia joined in and ‘confirmed’ it was the ex-members.
Of course, Barker and Amanda knew the truth and were lying to their membership to save their own skins.
While telling members it was embittered meth addicts Barker had identified the real infiltrator and emailed him saying: ‘FUCK YOU Commie Scum’. Barker and Amanda were clearly desperate to make sure the membership didn’t realise it was their fault and were happy to lay the blame, and any possible repercussions, on two innocent ex-members.
Of course, once we and The Guardian/Observer published our exposé we circulated the articles to all members making it clear that Barker was at fault.
As the SPLC article shows, the LWK KKK is currently in crisis and being torn asunder by infighting and mistrust. There are other numerous underlying reasons for the current crisis, some of which go back years, but HOPE not hate is proud to have played a role in fostering this crisis.
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