Ex-Leader Says KKK Making A Comeback

By: Courtesy KXII.com
By: Courtesy KXII.com

MIAMI, Okla. ― A former Ku Klux Klan leader who has since renounced the organization says the hate group is "making a comeback in Oklahoma."

Forty-nine-year-old Johnny Lee Clary points to the recruitment -- and eventual killing -- of a Tulsa woman by a Louisiana segment of the group.

Louisiana authorities have said 43-year-old Cynthia Charlotte Lynch was recruited to join the group but was killed when she decided to leave an initiation ritual that took place last Sunday.

Clary used to be active in the KKK, rising to the rank of imperial wizard, but he quit in 1989 and now preaches against such hate groups. He says he's seen signs of the group's comeback in Oklahoma for some time now. He says Oklahomans should not buy the KKK's messages of hate.

He says the KKK will use things like the poor economy, illegal immigration and the election of a black president to spread hate propaganda.

In Texoma, white supremacists targeted an Ada newspaper just last month by distributing racist flyers attached to delivered newspapers. A similar incident occurred in May in the rural Marshall County town of Enos.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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  • by Survivor Location: Greenville on Nov 29, 2008 at 03:58 AM
    Anyone who involves themselves with the KKK are "cowards" in the worst way. If you are proud of what you preach and what you do, why hide behind a mask? Could it be shame? Could it be fear? I say this day that they are truly out numbered. That they should be fearful of their surroundings. This is not the 1960's. This is a new day, a new time, with a new generation. They preach hatred because they are small minded and those they chose to hate are more intellegent than they are. Because they feel that others have what they should and more of it. They sneak through the darkness like a bunch of theives and take their prey unawares. Sounds like a coward to me. The KKK? They should just give their wives their sheet sets back and realize that their race isn't as pure as they would like to think.
  • by Thomas Location: Creswell on Nov 29, 2008 at 01:12 AM
    Well H---, they should have the same right as the naacp, black panthers, bloods, crips, folks, and all the other so-called gangs. None of them can stand on their own two feet and preach their teachings. They have to hide behind other members. KKK is no different. They hide behind a sheet. We need a naawp. We are quickly becoming the minority and in Eastern, NC we ARE the minority. Just look around you. The black race and mexicans breed like flies and our crazy a-- gov. just keeps on paying them more welfare to have more babies. This is what is wrong with this country today !!!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    What numbers are available to support this claim by the Associated Press? Could it be that the ObamaPress is just giving it more attention in order to push their own biased agenda? The timing after the election of our first multiracial President is just too suspicious.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    Boy do the kkk have a surprise coming to them. They should stop putting pillow cases on their heads and bed sheets on their bodies and go ahead and dress up in clown attire. If I find one burning a cross on my yard at night...that's where the hearse will find him in the morning! Threat...No Promise...YES
  • by bn mad on Nov 23, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    hey but what does it solve to join up with a racist hate group? what exactly is being 'fixed'? how is this justified? you can be angry about the things going on in the world thats unfair, but joining up with kkk is just going to make you look even more wrong and stupid. even if the kkk were 'organized' enough to commit all sorts of terrorist crimes to try to get out a 'message', no one would listen to them--they would just be seen as heinous terrorists. if you feel like it needs to come to light that all people are racist, find a better way. personally i think racism is like the monster in the closet when you were a little kid...its only there if you think about it. the more people that back off of the racism issue, the more that radical racists of any kind will stick out like a sore thumb. its a process and its not going to happen tomorrow.
  • by Kathy Location: Goldsboro,N.C. on Nov 23, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    The KKK is no different than the NAACP or the Black Panthers! One is for the whites and the other two are for the blacks! It a shame these groups have to be ,but it is only going to get worse because of the way the election turned out! Alot, if not most of the people feel the election was won because of obama being 1/2 black not his qualifications to be President! This is going to be a long,long,long,4years!
  • by lavon Location: kinston on Nov 23, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    Imperial wizard. Lol!!! More like imperial Idiot. What a bunch of morons to run around in the middle of the night hiding from everyone and wearing white sheets BWAHAHAHAWWW!! h
  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    to lavon ! it will not be a joke to fine a burning cross in your yard and that is not funny!!!! these people are eveywhere !!
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    The country is more united than divided. Just look at the electoral votes. McCain tried to use fear in his campaign and it backfired. No one is afraid anymore. This is a new generation of people. Whites and blacks are going to the same churches and marrying. Love has always concord hate. Look at Jesus and Satan. Who won. And since Jesus died and rose. Guess who won. Jesus did. Satan should have made sure He was dead. Love will always win from now on because of the CROSS. The sad part about all this KKK is there are a lot of PROFESSING christians behind the sheets. It is sad because if they knew Jesus they would no love. Once Jesus really comes in. Hatred has to die. Jesus loved all. We have a leader to follow, that is Jesus. Obama did not die for us. We must support and pray for the president/cabinet. The KKK must too come out of the closet(hoods)like the homosexuals did and face the world. We are all in this world together. Get use to it. If you are KKK, you are probably a unhappy.
  • by V Location: New Bern on Nov 23, 2008 at 04:05 AM
    Blacks are being taught to hate Whites as well. From the time they are small, their parents and organizations, remind them to play the role of the victim and that the white people for it. Malcom X did not preach tolerance he taught Hate for the white man. And so the race goes on
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