The story of the moment is the terror attack in Paris believed to be carried out by radical jihad.
But there is another terror group fighting for prominence or at least to reinvent itself; none other than the Ku Klux Klan.
They’re using recent events like the Michael Brown shooting and the protests around the country as a recruitment tool.
Let me take you to Harrison, Arkansas to hear from the head of the local KKK who erected a billboard with a little solemn looking white girl holding a puppy, with the message “It’s NOT racist to (heart) your people.”
Don-“Why do you feel the need?”
Robb- “Because white people have the right to love their heritage, to love their culture and to love their people. And the white people are tired of hearing of other races who are encouraged to do that. And yet again when a white person says I love my people then people, some people call that racism?”
Thomas Robb also told me on CNN that the reason for his billboard, his radio station and his website is the current “genocide against white people”.
Don-“So do you believe there is a war on the white race? That’s what it sounds like?”
Robb- “Yes, I think it’s evident what’s happened to this country in the last 50 years. I think it’s self-evident when people pick a sign like this billboard and call it racism. It shows their racism against white people who want to do nothing more than to love their people.”
Now to East Texas where a Klan recruiter called Henry also told CNN that there’s a concerted effort to increase their membership.
He says he’s recruited over 40 new members in just the last month.
The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism says the group’s numbers are actually down to 5,000 members from 5 million in its heyday.
But they warn that that doesn’t mean that they aren’t effective in committing acts of violence in the U.S.
It’s also important to note that the number of hate groups has increased dramatically since the old days of the Klan; groups with the same ideology but a different name.
Henry, the East Texas Klan recruiter says he’s okay with people underestimating them, and that’s exactly what he and his members want.
“That’s how we want the public to see us as a shadow, not to know where we’re going. And that’s how it should be.”
According to hate group trackers, the more people protest racial injustice across the country, the more members Henry and others like him sign up. It appears to be good for business.
Don Lemon: “Protesting Racial Injustice Is Helping The KKK” was originally published on blackamericaweb.com