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Klan, other groups, take over in leadership vacuum

If the Ku Klux Klan didn't have such a despicable history, its anti-immigration rally in Russellville on Saturday might have had a tinge of humor.

Spotting some blacks in the crowd of between 300-400 people, many if not most of whom were curious spectators, the Klan's grand poopow, Imperial Wizard Ray Larsen of the Ku Klux Klan from South Bend, Ind., sought to enlist them in his new campaign of fear.

He said immigrants are in America to take all the jobs, and they want everyone out of America. "And I'm talking about blacks and whites," he said.

Black America is too familiar with the Klan to fall for any concern its leader might express for their welfare. Too many of their ancestors died with a Klan rope around their necks or lived their lives in turmoil because of the Klan.

The 22-foot-high cross the Klan burned as a highlight to their rally brings back bad memories of what happens to a nation when fear and hate take over.

That is a paramount reason Congress and President Bush need to show leadership in resolving the immigration issue. Their unwillingness to tackle the problem gives rise to vigilantism and hate groups.

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