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The Ku Klux Klan has announced plans to hold a rally on Aug. 4 in Kalamazoo. The group says its rally will begin at 1 p.m. but declined to identify the place. Hal Turner, a white supremacist Internet radio personality from New Jersey, is planning the rally. He said in an online post the location would remain secret.
However, a Kalamazoo Public Safety Department source said the rally would be held at 150 E. Crosstown Parkway – the KPSD parking lot. The source did not have a confirmed time for the event.
Turner cites a Kalamazoo Gazette article claiming 15 assaults against white people by African-Americans as the basis for the rally. On his Web site, Turner posted that Kalamazoo did not need a “white patrol,” just “some lynchings,” to stop the alleged crime spree.
KPSD officials did not immediately return phone calls seeking confirmation of the alleged attacks.
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center said the confirmed speakers were the “most violent” of the white supremacist movement in America. “They represent the worst of the worst,” he said.
According to Turner’s Web site, the following speakers have been confirmed for the rally: Alex Linder who runs the Aryan news site Vanguard News Network, according to SPLC; Pastor James P. Wickstrom from Yahweh’s Truth and formerly associated with Posse Comitatus; Hal Turner and Paul Geller, another white supremacist Internet radio host; and Michigan resident Randy Gray. The SPLC had no information about Gray.
Turner and Geller both have been linked to Aryan Nations, and Wickstrom is currently in a power struggle over Aryan Nations’ control. SPLC told Between The Lines that Wickstrom also is the most virulently anti-Semitic leader in America today.
Not only has Turner posted the home addresses of U.S. Senators who supported the recently-defeated immigration bill – encouraging people to visit their homes to protest – but he also wrote an essay advocating the assassination of politicians, and similarly publicized home addresses of New Jersey Supreme Court Justices following their decision to allow same-sex marriage.
In addition to the call to rally, Turner has posted notice of numerous other events happening in the city of Kalamazoo during that same weekend. His Web site said these were locations where members could “influence” people to understand the racial battle at hand. This information follows a notice to people attending to come dressed in their everyday work clothes; not to assist the police; not to have any infighting; and to only carry legal weapons for which the person has a legal permit.
In addition, Turner tells readers that anyone showing up in Nazi uniforms is most likely a federal agent.
Kalamazoo police Chief Dan Weston has called on residents of Kalamazoo to disregard the event. He is quoted in the Kalamazoo Gazette as saying, “Ignore his (Turner’s) rally cry to gather and meet … “