Obama Win Fuels Ku Klux Klan Membership
Former Ku Klux Clan member, Johnny Lee Clary, claims the recent presidential win by Barack Obama, as well as the current financial crisis, have increased online registrations for the Ku Klux Klan.
Johnny Lee Clary, a former imperial wizard, the highest-ranked member of the KKK, said the current global financial crisis and political change in the United States were fuelling Klan membership for the first time in decades.
"It's serious, serious enough that the FBI ... and other law enforcement agencies are trying to get on top of it because the klan has made direct threats to Obama," pastor Clary, who now fights against the group as a born-again Christian, said.
At one recent rally in Alabama, more than 300 people signed up, a number he said was "unprecedented".
"They (KKK) actually sent me an email just the other day and were telling me that Barack Obama was the best thing that ever happened to them and they're excited and happy because their membership is growing larger than it ever has," he said.
Clary also claims the white supremacist group is actively recruiting in New Zealand and target poor, isolated youth.
He has told New Zealand media his contacts have informed him that KKK paraphernalia is being distributed in Auckland to recruit young members.
"As far as I know it's happening in Auckland right now," he told Radio New Zealand from his home in Alabama.
"There's a clan leader in Auckland and he is putting out all kinds of literature and paraphernalia."
He warned the organisation was targeting young people from low socio-economic backgrounds.
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