JOB losses are contributing to a growing white supremacist movement in Victoria, according to a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
March 11, 2012
Rev Johnny Lee Clary, who rose through the ranks of the Klan in the US before renouncing racism and turning to God, said hate groups were active in Melbourne and across the country seeking to recruit white youths.
Ahead of his speaking tour this week, Rev Clary said the group National Front, active in Melbourne, resembled the KKK.
"I have spoken to kids in schools who have told me they have been approached to join these groups," he said, adding that economic turmoil was a driver for a growing white supremacist movement worldwide, including in Australia.
"When the economy gets bad and people lose their jobs, they need someone to blame for that.
"Hitler didn't come to power when everyone had money and a home. He came to power when everyone was poor and feeling badly treated."