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Richmond home to three of 26 hate groups in Virginia

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The recent shooting of three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City has prompted renewed interest in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) map displaying the hundreds of hate groups in the United States, according to local news sources.

Law enforcement officials are holding Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo. in Johnson County, Kansas. Although he has not been formally charged in the killings, charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday.

According to the SPLC, Miller is a white supremacist and at one time is alleged to have formed a Ku Klux Klan group, the Carolina Knights. The former Ku Klux Klan leader was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

The SPLC said the white supremacist has been involved with hate groups for most of his life. The retired army veteran and truck driver was the "Grand Dragon" of the Carolina Knights in the 1980's and later founded another white supremacist group, the White Patriot Party.

The SPLC website follows more than 900 hate groups across the United States. This includes 26 groups in Virginia. Three of those groups are located in the city of Richmond. Dr. Brian Daugherity, a History Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who specializes in civil rights issues, is very familiar with hate groups.

“Not only are these hate groups continuing to exist and promote teachings that are opposed to the values of many of us today, but they also have the, they also cultivate an environment or an attitude that leads some people to act out in such a violent manner,” Daugherity said.

The three hate groups listed on the SPLC website as being active in Richmond include:

  • The European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which they call a white nationalist group.
  • The Nation of Islam, which they call a black separatist group.
  • The Confederate Hammerskins, which they call a skinhead group.

Frank Ancona, the Virginia president and imperial wizard of the Traditional American Knights of the KKK, told NBC 12 on March 24, 2014, that the KKK is a Christian-based faith group, saying, "We don't hate people because of their race. We are a Christian organization." His group is also listed on the SPLC's website as one of Virginia's hate groups.

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