The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified numerous violent extremists over the years, and many of them are just as widely known as Frazier Glenn Cross:
A therapist who worked with visually impaired children. A doctor who did everything he could to help his patients. And the doctor's grandson, a teen auditioning for a singing competition that could win him a scholarship.
Love defined their lives, friends and family said -- lives that were cut short outside two Jewish centers near Kansas City on Sunday by a gunman long accused of spewing hate.
"That idiot absolutely knocked a family to its knees for no reason," said Will Corporon, whose father and nephew were gunned down in the parking lot outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. "My dad should be seeing patients today at his work. ... There is no reason. No reason for this. And it's just a tragedy."
The suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire at two Jewish centers. Organizations that track hate groups describe Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, as a long-time white supremacist. Investigators say they plan to pursue federal hate crime charges against him.I mean, if the evidence is there, how could we, as a society, ignore it?
Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones in the shootings that left three dead at a Jewish community center and retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas. We feel a special connection to them because we know the killer well.
His name is Frazier Glenn Miller, and he once plotted to assassinate my colleague Morris Dees.
Miller was the leader of a notorious neo-Nazi organization in the 1980s that was stockpiling weapons and training for a race war. His blueprint was a book called The Turner Diaries, a racist manifesto that also inspired the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 men, women, and children.
After Miller was convicted on criminal contempt charges ina case we brought, he went underground, declared “war” on the government, and offered a white supremacist bounty on Morris’ head. Luckily for us, he was caught and went to prison.
Unfortunately, for the people of Overland Park, he was sentenced to only three years.We ignore it because the gun lobby, and right wing extremists, are able to exist in the mainstream. One of the main detractors of SPLC is conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, and she criticizes them because they have rightly identified the violent, extremist streak that runs through the conservative movement and the Tea Party.Of course, our government identified them as well and the conservative freakout was felt far and wide.
We’ve been contacted by the authorities and are sharing everything we know about Miller. But the sad truth is that there are other Millers out there – people with hate in their hearts who are willing to kill innocent people in the name of their race.
There are violent elements on the left as well. They use terrorism just like the right does. But the two sides are not equals, not by a long shot. There is no "both sides do it" argument because the violent extremists on the left usually end up in prison or ostracized. On the right, they're embraced and defended.
Miller has existed on the fringes but he has been allowed to spread his views on the Vanguard News Network. This man may not have any vocal defenders right now, but he has more than a few sympathetic individuals who are operating in plain sight. The SPLC is often attacked as a left leaning advocacy group, and that's fine. They're willing to put on the big boy pants and fight these animals by exposing their views and actions to the world.
The next time a conservative pundit attacks them, they are simply making common cause with the likes of Miller. This is the tribe they run in and this is the belief structure they support, fringe extremist or not.