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April 16, 2014

In Our Opinion: Ending hate must begin with kids

Hate.

Irrational, senseless, diabolical and — so sadly as we have seen in recent days — sometimes-deadly.

There is no anti-venom for the poison resulting from this serpent’s bite except perhaps educating the next generation about the folly of the current and previous ones. But make no mistake about it, hate is a powerful foe, as seductive as it is cunning.

On Sunday, a 73-year-old white supremacist named Frazier Glenn Cross got a shotgun and thought he would go out and kill some Jews in Overland, Kan., near Kansas City.

Cross, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, founded and led the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party. The SPLC once successfully sued Cross “for operating an illegal paramilitary organization and using intimidation tactics against African Americans.”

“I hate all Jews,” Cross — who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller — said in a radio interview. He has advocated “exterminating” Jews, and Sunday, the day before the beginning of the Passover holiday, he aimed to start the process.

Cross is in prison now, charged with murder for shooting to death a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman at a Jewish assisted-living facility.

“Heil Hitler!” shouted Cross in a police car after he was taken into custody.

Probably to this human excrement’s regret, none of his three victims turned out to be Jewish.

High school freshman Reat Griffin Underwood was with his physician grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, when they were shot in their car. The boy was to audition for singing competition. Terri LaManno was on a regular visit to her mother at the Village Shalom facility.

They weren’t Jewish, but nevertheless are victims of hate, the same as the millions slain by Cross’ idol, Adolf Hitler. 

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