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Klanfight: Rival KKK Groups Feud Over Darren Wilson Fundraiser

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Frank Ancona (center), the Imperial Wizard of Missouri-based Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
You'd think the Ku Klux Klan would be on the same page when it comes to Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson cop who shot and killed an eighteen-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown on August 9.

Yet, it seems even cross-burning, hood-wearing white supremacists disagree on officially supporting Wilson.

One one side there's Charles Murray, the national head of the South Carolina-based New Knights Empire of the Ku Klux Klan. He tells Daily RFT the group's Missouri chapter is throwing a fundraiser tomorrow for Wilson in Sullivan, a town about an hour's drive southwest of Ferguson. On the other side of the debate is Missouri's own media-friendly Klansman Frank Ancona, head of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

According to Murray, the fundraiser will be held on private property and open to local members of the New Empire Knights and two other Klan groups. Murray claims to have already raised "close to $2,500."

Murray announced plans for the fundraiser on the group's blog last week, and it only became a news item after the Southern Poverty Law Center posted the details on its blog a few days later.

"He is a hero!" reads the original post announcing the Wilson fundraiser. "We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place."

Since then, Murray has posted pictures that allegedly show armed Klan members within Ferguson. On Tuesday, Murray added photos of a man holding an assault rifle standing beneath a ceiling fan. According to the caption, the man was standing guard inside "a white single mother's home, located near the riots."

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A photo of an alleged Klan member in Ferguson on August 19.
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However, the planned fundraiser angers the Traditionalist American Knights' Ancona, who feels the KKK shouldn't be inserting itself into such a volatile situation -- and especially while the grand jury investigation is still under way.

"Personally, I think we need to wait until we see all the facts, all the evidence that's being gathered. Right now we're hearing a lot of hearsay from both sides on how this went down," he says, though he adds that his opinions of the case "tend to come down on the side of the law-enforcement officer."

On Monday, Sullivan mayor Thomas Leasor sent out a press release declaring that neither he nor city officials were aware of a planned KKK fundraiser.

"I want to emphasize that we have not, or will not, endorse or condone any activity based on hatred, more specifically any activity based on hatred towards any ethnicity," reads the statement.

Ancona maintains that the whole fundraiser is a sham. He also says Murray's group, the New Empire Knights, doesn't actually exist.

"This guy is not part of the Klan," he says. "We've done a little research. This guy is not Charles Murray. He's not who he says he is."

Indeed, Murray's Wordpress profile pic appears to have been lifted from a 2008 news story about a missing man in Australia. Then again, it's hard to take Ancona's criticism too seriously, as the KKK outfit is explicitly designed to hide the wearer's identity.

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The full hoods do have some tactical downsides, however.
Murray and Ancona were already feuding before the Michael Brown's shooting. Murray has written several blog posts "proving" Ancona's Jewish ancestry, while Ancona has taken to KKK forums and Twitter to discredit Murray's group, calling it "a complete scam and fraud."

According to the New Empire Knights website, Murray has been involved in the Klan since 1983. He writes that he founded the group last year after he "became sick of the modern Klan groups which exist today."

As for Ancona, he's not ruling out sending support to Wilson at a later date. In fact, he says, several members of the Traditionalist American Knights have been stationed "near the area" of Ferguson in the past week.

"The Klan has no interest in this," Ancona says, referring to Murray's fundraiser. "I don't want to try to gain or exploit his situation. Charles Murray is just out there to make a name for himself. I don't know what his goal really is."

It's worth noting that Ancona's seemingly moderate stance on Ferguson (for a racist, that is) is seriously undercut by his Twitter postings. Here's a relatively tame one:

In any case, officer Wilson doesn't need the KKK's tainted money. The GoFundMe campaign "Support Officer Darren Wilson" has already raised more than $200,000.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com


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109 comments
szandor
szandor

Is it racist to make the observation that when white hate groups feud they just bitch about each other or file a lawsuit, but when black hate groups feud people get shot? 

riceroni
riceroni

Everyone posting at GoFundMe are simply the KKK members who're donating in anonymity. At least the KKK let you know what they are and aren't being "stealth racists" like the protesters in downtown St. Louis for Darren Wilson.  

Tyrone Austin
Tyrone Austin

Yes . it's because i made the statement that Darren Wilson will be using the money for his personal lawyer when he turns state evidence to get his time reduced.

Misty Edu
Misty Edu

This polarization is way out taking us back to the 18th century......if only people realized that race is not even biological......but rather an adaptation presumably of living further away from the equator, then they would treat each other with much more respect....

Catherine Burns
Catherine Burns

Whoever wrote this article: Not that I care what the name of the kkk lowlife is, but seriously, pick one. The surnames "Murray" and "Murphy" are not interchangeable.

Heidi J. Greene
Heidi J. Greene

Go away KKK. You are not welcome here or anywhere. #disgusted

Dawn Rednour
Dawn Rednour

Black panthers and the KKK both need to go back into the woodwork and just disappear..Their all trouble makers

Nino Brown
Nino Brown

who gives a fuck!! eat a dick r.f.t

Chris Gee
Chris Gee

Clown fight! I mean..klan fight! Watch as these rent - a - clowns Duke it out it for top fuck head status. A title already held by all racist individuals and groups.

Randy Vach
Randy Vach

Fuck the kkk. Why r u Assholes even giving them publicity? Fucking sad and pathetic. Also if some of u r so glad that we have "freedom" to become racist like the kkk, then kill yourselves and I should also have that same "freedom" to fucking kill all of the kkk members as well.

Carol Fortune Quigley Young
Carol Fortune Quigley Young

i'm glad we have freedom for everyone to express their beliefs even the kkk,but why hide their faces?

Khalil Shak Shakir
Khalil Shak Shakir

The Black Panthers were formed in response to blatant racism and oppression. They were against the mistreatment of black people and stood to combat organizations such as the KKK. They provided meals and education when blacks were catching hell trying to get these things in many cities. Never burned panthers in white peoples yards or hung whites for being white. They wanted fair treatment .

Dan Tiefenbrunner
Dan Tiefenbrunner

sullivan doesn't condone any activity based on hatred? what a load of crap! i lived in sullivan for eleven years and its the most racist place ive ever been to. the handful of black people that do live there are NOT welcomed by the residents, and the mexican population is hated even more. the local public radio announcer mispronounces foreign peoples names because "haha people who arent like us are funny". that paragraph of this article is a lie.

Heather Marie Neibert
Heather Marie Neibert

You really believe thats a legitimate story? Really need to do some research. Another story similar to this said specifically that they aren't even involved in this right now per the kkk. They are scum dont get me wrong but this is for ratings. About to unlike for all the made up tabloids they arw posting

Sanchez Mortimer
Sanchez Mortimer

'scuse me, sorry, thank you.. got a question....."Does the RFT post too frequently?"

Angela Johns
Angela Johns

Keep feeding the Beast RFT...disappointed!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Ahh yes, the trials and tribulations of incest enthusiasts.

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

You act like that same group in Ferguson. ..hiding behind a mask......skeeerd ads mfs

Jon Clark
Jon Clark

between the kkk and sharpton/jackson its a fucking explosion of dumbass racist

Bobbi Hale
Bobbi Hale

I still can't believe the crazies that went off on you the other day. In my little bubble of not associating with whackado's, I had no idea that it was still that prominent. :/

Bobbi Hale
Bobbi Hale

Considering the KKK would probably support any crime against non-whites, the only way you could not have their support is by not being white. A lot of disgusting hate coming from both sides. :/

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Good thing the new black panthers are United in their views right

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Don't worry the rft will keep posting stuff like this until someone else gets hurt

Adam N Belinda Rios
Adam N Belinda Rios

Annemarie Ruprecht Babaian I would say you to are an idiot. His life has nothing to do with what others (KKK) believe or support. I believe his family has already stated they want nothing to do with the KKK. So how does what the KKK do or say have to do with this officers life.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

The officer has no ties to the kkk even though the black community would love to think that

Wes Proffer
Wes Proffer

That's a shame...They're normally such a sane and reasonable bunch.

Annemarie Ruprecht Babaian
Annemarie Ruprecht Babaian

No BS insinuated here Alysia. Read my comment again. I said the KKK is supporting the officer & that's a FACT. How would you feel about your life if your actions were getting 2 thumbs up from the KKK? Would that be an indication to you that you were on the right path?

Elvis White
Elvis White

We at the traditional rebel knights celebrate #mikebrown death and thank the officer for his service Don't chimpout and you will live longer WAKE UP AA

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Stephanie Mondaine what the fuck are talking about an wtf are you talking about Christine Hagan

Christine Hagan
Christine Hagan

Cops wont take money from kkk but they well from little girl Scott ! So are they men or little girls

Stephanie Mondaine
Stephanie Mondaine

Lmfao the murderer has the kill fighting over who supports him best. That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

Sam Sam Houston you can't say that otherwise you're a racist

Tracy Fey- Curry
Tracy Fey- Curry

I cant believe there is still the KKK. Do they still have the white hoods? I always thought that was such a chickenshit move.

Sam Houston
Sam Houston

Well see what happen Mike brown was a thug they interviewed class mates and he stole lunch money from kids was always smoking dope but he was such a gentle giant what a bunch of bullshit

Anonymous
Anonymous

Race is definitely biological. You even said it yourself: 

"not even biological......but rather an adaptation "

 Ask anyone with a degree in science. Adaptations are most definitely biological, you should have learned that in junior high school. Within certain groups of people with a common heritage (a race), certain traits can be seen with differing frequencies than other groups. For example, people of African descent have a higher percentage of sickle cell alleles compared to other groups. Jewish communities have a higher occurrence of Tay-Sachs, a nasty neurological disease that kills many children. Caucasians tend to have more mental disorders and heart problems.


Now the real issue is how people, both individually and as a culture, treat each other due to a perceived difference. People will try to hide behind some movement or idea with a typically neutral origin to justify an irrational hatred of someone. The IS hides behind Islam, the Crusaders hid behind the Bible, and we today hide behind race. An ideal society would have listened to Martin Luther King's words and try to judge people individually on the content of their character, not by their actions. However, it is actually biological to act in this way: even children are like this. Read this article, with actual data from studies, to learn more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/developing-minds/201304/are-kids-racist . If people just learned to judge the individual, and not all people like that individual, we would not be having these race riots still. 

It is still interesting with the incarceration statistics that certain groups have a higher representation than others. Is it because of racism or maybe a cultural/biological predisposition to engage in risky or illegal behavior? Unfortunately there has not been enough research there,


conjurewoman1
conjurewoman1 topcommenter

They are when you are in the Klan. 

smokeyjoe
smokeyjoe

Nobody connected the KKK with anybody, until the KKK did.

smokeyjoe
smokeyjoe

Actually, I think it would.  As they think they are right, this hate-filled bunch of semi-humans.

smokeyjoe
smokeyjoe

You sicken me.  You and your group are what is WRONG in our country.  Hate accomplishes nothing.  You people hold us back, as a society, you belong over in the Middle East, but, I bet you're too lily-livered for that.

smokeyjoe
smokeyjoe

Even if that is true, is death a proper penalty?  I have a problem with law enforcement being judge, jury and executioner.  We all should.  Including you.  You're quite short-sighted.  This shooting is just a symptom of an uderlying illness in our society, and people who speak like you just increase the apathy.

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