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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