The recent arrests of several people reported to be skinheads has us asking questions: just how widespread is this issue?
It was a disturbing scene on Friday, when Greenville Police showed us Nazi flags, handguns, knives and Ku Klux Klan literature they say they confiscated from members of a white supremacist group, members facing several charges including conspiracy to commit murder.
Then, on Tuesday, a new report came out showing groups of KKK members, skinheads and neo-Nazis are growing more active in our country. In fact, the report show old Klan chapters have been revived and new ones started through the south, while in other parts of the country, many have a new mission: stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment.
The Southern Poverty Law Center says Klan chapters are up by 63 percent between 2000 and 2005; estimates show as many as 150 Klan chapters in our country with up to 8000 members.
There is only one KKK group cited in North Carolina, in the central part of the state, but our research on the net showed two.
Research shows KKK chapters sometimes form alliances with white supremacist groups. Only one of the white supremacist groups, the Hammerskin Nation, has a presence on a national scale.
Statistics show a regional chapter, the Confederate Hammerskins, is active in North Carolina and other states.