National imperial wizard says recruitment goes beyond Auburn

AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) – Imperial Wizard Richard Preston says the Klan is back in Auburn. “Anybody who thinks the Klan isn’t big is wrong. Anybody who thinks the Klan is dead is real wrong,” he said. And the numbers show it. The Southern Poverty Law Center is a civil rights organization that keeps track of radical groups like the KKK. Their hate map shows Muncie and Kokomo have active Klan groups.

According to their research, Klan groups grew from 72 in 2014 to 190 in 2015. “After Dylann Roof carried out a massacre of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, in June of 2015, there was a real wave of revulsion around the country against the confederate battle field,” Mark Potok with the SPLC said. Preston says the group is trying to unite as many Christians as possible. He says they’ve already heard from people in Auburn saying they’re happy the Klan is back and asking how they can join.

Preston claims the group is a nonviolent organization, founded to stop reconstruction of the South. He says it’s not a black and a white thing; it’s a red, white and blue thing. He claims groups like Black Lives Matter are the ones igniting violence. “My people are on direct orders from me. If they see anybody beating or assaulting or trying to kill a police officer, crack the back of their skull right open,” he said.

Many view the Klan as a terrorist group “The Klan is America’s oldest terrorist organization. It has left a trail of death and bloodshed throughout its history,” Potok said. Either way, the group claims it’s growing and that won’t stop. “We are extremely strong. We are here and we are not going to go away. We have been here for 151 years for service to this country and we are not going to fail now,” Preston said. The Confederate White Knights have a rally September 24 at the courthouse in Madison around 1:30-2:00.

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