Former KKK Grand Poobah-turned-fundamentalist Xtian Johnny Lee Clary has declared that there are some bedsheet-wearers in WA. Correction: the KKK has “infiltrated” Perth.
Whether by boat or plane is unknown.
“I know that the Ku Klux Klan is in Western Australia. I know that they’re in the Perth area”, he said in Perth this week.
“The National Front is here, I know that the Nazi Party is here. I’ve talked to people here and they’ve said to me ‘I know so and so, that belongs to the Klan'”.
~ Racist US organistation Ku Klux Klan ‘in Perth’, news.com.au. May 23, 2009
In reality, there’s been a KKK presence in Australia for many years; it has never attracted widespread support; what little support it has generated has been mostly restricted to a small number of rural towns (Cairns, Toowoomba, Townsville); there is little evidence of any violent activity on the part of the Klan(s); the Klan is split into numerous rival factions; of late, there has been no upsurge in Klan activity either in Perth, in WA, or in Australia as a whole. Further, there is no ‘National Front’ or ‘Nazi Party’ in Perth, in WA, or anywhere else in Australia; rather, there is a loose assortment of neo-Nazi cranks, some of whom are members of formal organisations, most of whom are not.
In terms of the KKK’s appeal, it is extremely limited. Moreover:
Ethnic Communities Council of WA president Ramdas Sankaran said racist elements in Australia had been strengthened “thanks to the demonisation of religious and ethnic minorities” by former [P]rime [M]inister John HoWARd and his senior colleagues.
This ‘demonisation’ has paid political dividends. First, in combination with a Tory dirty tricks campaign against it, by eclipsing the appeal of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. Secondly, by shoring up support for the Tories by way of capitalising on continuing racist residues in a country with an explicitly and formally-endorsed history of racism and continuing colonial dispossession.
That said, a lone KKK supporter did rock up to the Invasion Day celebrations conducted by the ‘Southern Cross Soldiers’ in Melbourne this year, and a handful of keyboard warriors have done their best to embiggen the Klowns on Stormfront Down Under in the last few years.
See also : Jew-hatin’ Duke arrested in Prague (April 25, 2009) | nutzis are W E I R D : David Lane’s Ashes (February 13, 2009) | KKK & Violence : Who knew? (November 12, 2008) | David Duke: Gentleman and Scholar (February 15, 2008) | Aussie KKK “not sorry”… yet… (February 7, 2008) | Benny the Butcher from Bennelong (November 16, 2007) | I Googled for something completely different! (August 5, 2007) | The Most Dangerous Men In Australia (August 1, 2007) | Ku Klux Klowns in Townsville (July 5, 2007) | The KKK took my perspective away (March 14, 2007) | White Loser Knights and Australia First (March 6, 2007) | KKK is the Australian Way?!? (February 5, 2007) |