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Hate groups and hate crimes in Kansas

A woman covers the fence of the Emanuel AME Church with white ribbons and flowers where nine people were killed on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
A woman covers the fence of the Emanuel AME Church with white ribbons and flowers where nine people were killed on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS) Tribune

Kansas has three active hate groups, including two in Wichita, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The website that hosts the two local hate groups listed 393 active members, as of Friday morning, although the site included members from across the country and the world, so it was unclear how many active members were from Kansas.

The hate group’s website discussion boards listed “#whitegenocide” as a trending topic among other hate words and requires new users to fill in sentences with hate trivia, such as the names of racist band leaders, in order to register. Although the site had received more than 20 comments since the events in Charleston and commenters had already called Rachel Dolezal, former Spokane NAACP president, a “white traitor” – but discussion forums had no explicit mention of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina as of Friday morning.

The SPLC also keeps track of alleged hate crimes reported by the media. The SPLC lists 22 separate hate crime incidents in Kansas since 2003, most of which involve racial hate and often Ku Klux Klan imagery, although the KKK is not listed as one of the active groups in Kansas. The SPLC webssite says the media only reports on a fraction of the 191,000 estimated hate crimes that occur annually.

Below are the descriptions of the alleged hate activity in Kansas listed by the SPLC:

Olathe, KS: White supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot and killed three people last year at Jewish sites in Overland Park.

Type: Murder Reported: 03/26/2015

Overland Park, KS: Longtime white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, was arrested on murder charges for the fatal shooting of three people at a local Jewish community center and assisted living facility.

Type: Murder Reported: 04/12/2014

Topeka, KS: Fred Phelps, founder of the anti-gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church, died at the age of 84.

Type: Intelligence Reported: 03/18/2014

Topeka, KS: Ku Klux Klan calling cards were left at a black-owned business.

Type: Intimidation Reported: 02/23/2012

Wichita, KS: A mosque that had been receiving anti-Muslim letters for months was set afire.

Type: Arson Reported: 10/30/2011

Council Grove, KS: Three men, one armed with a machete, allegedly broke into a black man's house, yelled racial slurs, ordered a pit bull to bite the man, then poured rubbing alcohol on him and set him on fire. Isaac Wilson, 23, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated burglary.

Type: Assault Reported: 10/06/2011

Wichita, KSThree white teens allegedly yelled racial slurs at a black man, threw bottles at him and then attempted to run him over with their vehicle.

Type: Assault Reported: 08/14/2011

Wichita, KSDr. George Tiller was shot and killed as he attended services at his local church.

Type: Murder Reported: 05/30/2009

Waterville, KSDavid B. Endsley was convicted of a 2007 racial incident. Endsley tied a black youth in a chair, urinated on him, sprayed white paint on the victim's arms and legs, and called him racial slurs.

Type: Legal Developments Reported: 04/07/2009

Overland Park, KSAn African American couple found a flier with a picture of a Ku Klux Klan member on it that included a threat along with racial and sexual slurs.

Type: Leafletting Reported: 09/18/2008

Wichita, KSA pumpkin covered with racial slurs, a drawing of a hanged person, a death threat and a white supremacist saying was thrown into an interracial family's car.

Type: Vandalism Reported: 11/02/2007

Coffeyville, KSGravestones of one family were desecrated at a cemetery. Officials are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Type: Vandalism Reported: 10/12/2007

Cambridge, KSFour members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., conducted a 45-minute protest near Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.

Type: Rally Reported: 02/17/2007

Olathe, KSFliers from the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed throughout a neighborhood.

Type: Leafletting Reported: 08/22/2005

Dodge City, KSAnti-immigrant fliers from the neo-Nazi National Alliance were left on driveways and front yards throughout a neighborhood.

Type: Leafletting Reported: 12/26/2004

Dodge City, KSFliers from the neo-Nazi National Alliance were distributed.

Type: Leafletting Reported: 12/03/2004

Hays, KSTwo different fliers from the neo-Nazi National Alliance were left on driveways throughout a neighborhood.

Type: Leafletting Reported: 07/16/2004

Kansas City, KSThe letters 'KKK' and the words 'white power' were spray-painted on a black family's privacy fence.

Type: Vandalism Reported: 05/28/2004

Topeka, KSAbout two dozen white supremacists attended a rally sponsored by the neo-Nazi White Revolution held near the site of the school that was the subject of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Type: Rally Reported: 05/14/2004

Topeka, KSSwastikas and other neo-Nazi graffiti were painted on a monument for Jewish soldiers who died during the Battle of Verdun.

Type: Vandalism Reported: 05/05/2004

Derby, KSA cross was burned on the front yard of a Hispanic family's residence and a brick with a racial message written on it was thrown through one of the windows.

Type: Cross Burnings Reported: 08/25/2003

Leavenworth, KSA racial slur and other graffiti were painted on a fence and sidewalk at a church.

Type: Vandalism Reported: 07/29/2003

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