IREHR's Devin Burghart was cited in a Kansas City Star piece exposing how Dylann Roof, the Charleston church killer, first entered white nationalism through his discovery of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens.
On June 13, IREHR vice president, Devin Burghart, had the honor of speaking to the annual Rural Organizing Project's (ROP) Rural Caucus and Strategy Sessrion about the relationship between the Tea Party and paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers.
IREHR's Leonard Zeskind appeared on KSHB 41 TV in Kansas City to discuss hate crimes in the wake of the Charleston shooting.
On June 4, IREHR’s Leonard Zeskind served on a panel on “Religiously Based Hate Crimes & Persecution at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law’s conference on “Law and Religious Freedom.”
Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the Charleston church shooting that left nine people dead, reportedly confessed to the crime, according to two law enforcement officials. During his confession, one of the officials said Roof told authorities he wanted to start a “race war.”
“I have to do it. You’re raping our women and taking over the country. You have to go,” declared the young white gunman as he emptied clip after clip of a .45 caliber handgun into the small group of African-American church-goers at a Wednesday evening Bible study.
The brutal and ghastly murders of nine African Americans as they sat in church for a Wednesday evening Bible study is a terrible reminder that white supremacy remains a danger in our communities. The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) mourns the lives lost, and calls on all people of good will to support the people of this Charleston, South Carolina church, to forthrightly oppose racism and white supremacy and to uphold the dignity of all the lives lost in the searing incident.