[Marxism] veterans and white supremacy: interesting background on the guy who killed three people in Kansas
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Thu Apr 17 16:38:28 MDT 2014
Veterans and White Supremacy
by Kathleen Belew
New York Times OpEd
April 16, 2014 (published)
EVANSTON, Ill. — When Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three
people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of
the white power movement: a groundswell that united Klansmen,
neo-Nazis and other fringe elements after the Vietnam War, crested
with the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, and
remains a diminished but potent threat today.
. . .
Before his 1979 discharge for distributing racist literature, Mr.
Miller served for 20 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam
and service as a Green Beret. Later that year he took part (but was
not charged) in a deadly shooting of Communist protesters in
In 1980, Mr. Miller formed a Klan-affiliated organization in North
Carolina that eventually was known as the White Patriot Party. He
outfitted members in camouflage fatigues. He paraded his neo-Nazis, in
uniform and bearing arms, up and down streets. They patrolled schools
and polling places, supposedly to protect whites from harassment.
F.B.I. documents show that they also burned crosses. By 1986, Mr.
Miller’s group claimed 2,500 members in five southern states.
. . .
The report singled out one factor that has fueled every surge in Ku
Klux Klan membership in American history, from the 1860s to the
present: war. The return of veterans from combat appears to correlate
more closely with Klan membership than any other historical factor.
“Military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into
their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist
groups or lone wolf extremists carrying out violent attacks,” the
report warned. The agency was “concerned that right-wing extremists
will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to
boost their violent capabilities.”
. . .
Kathleen Belew, a postdoctoral fellow in history at Northwestern
University, is at work on a book on Vietnam veterans and the radical
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