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On behalf of the members of the board of directors and the advisory board of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR), please let me extend condolences to the family and friends of those brutally murdered and wounded at the Kansas City-area Jewish Community Center.  We join with all Kansas Citians who grieve and mourn at the terrible toll taken in our midst.  All of our lives have been put out of balance.  IREHR vows to seek complete justice in this case.

Many of those on IREHR’s boards, including myself, have had past dealings with Frazier Glenn Miller and the effect of this alleged shooter’s racism, anti-Semitism and anti-gay bigotry.  Whatever name Mr. Miller goes by today, we remember him from the heavily armed para-military organization he created in North Carolina.  We remember the bravery of those from the now-defunct North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence organization who faced Miller down in the 1980s.  And we praise the good common sense of the voters in southwest Missouri who did not vote for him when he ran for office in the recent past, and we condemn those who did vote for this raving bigot.

Speaking personally, I included a discussion of Glenn Miller during two recent presentations I gave on anti-Semites and racists in the Kansas City-area region—including a talk I gave at the Kansas City Jewish Community Center’s Day of Discovery last August. 

I included in my book, Blood and Politics, some of the facts surrounding Glenn Miller and his testimony at the 1988 trial in Arkansas of white supremacists for seditious conspiracy.  (They were all acquitted).  I am currently in Europe, following a special 50th Anniversary event for Searchlight magazine. For those who have immediate questions this week, please call my colleague Devin Burghart. 

Finally, there is still much we do not know about these shootings and warnings that must be issued.  First, where and how did Glenn Miller get the guns he allegedly used in this case?  Second, even if Miller is talking to police authorities as you read these words, I urge those authorities not to believe a word that cannot otherwise be proven.  Third, at all times, please regard Miller as a suicide risk.  His worship for Hitler and Hitlerism is real, and he may choose to finally follow his fuehrer.


The graphic below is from a recent power point presentation I gave.  The photos are of Miller’s White Patriot Party marching rank-on-rank in North Carolina in the 1980s.

Leonard Zeskind

Author Leonard Zeskind

is founder of IREHR. For almost four decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009. [more..]

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