Grand Dragon Speaks

By Ben Manning |

Published 04/14 2014 10:42PM

Updated 04/14 2014 11:44PM

HUNTINGDON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY - Pennsylvania's Grand Dragon reacts to a former Kansas Klan leader killing three people at a Jewish Community Center.

Frazier Cross Jr. founded his own chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and named himself Grand Dragon. He later changed the name of his group to the White Patriot Party. And authorities are looking at hate crime charges in addition to the murder charges. He frequently spoke against African Americans and Jewish people.

John, the Grand Dragon of the Pennsylvania Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says the Klan would not do that. And the Klan of today isn't the same violent group it was decades ago. He says the term “hate group” doesn't apply anymore. He says they don’t hate individual races.

He says now the Klan fights for prayer in school and the constitution, but that's not easy for people like Harriett Gaston to hear. She's a minority programs counselor at Penn State Altoona. She says it is hard to separate the history of the KKK from the current group. And she says people need to move beyond hate, and beyond just tolerating each other.

Both Harriett and John condemned the actions of Frazier Cross.

The un-edited interviews below are the opinions of the people speaking and theirs alone.

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