We seen it in various areas, especially in some western areas during recent years—folks have developed enclaves of those who hate based on race. Some people even have gone as far to try to bring back charters requiring towns to be all white. But, is it the fault of the people living there or is it simply that some areas allow certain groups to reside undisturbed because of their physical settings? And, do neighbors have a responsibility to protest? We believe wholeheartedly in freedom and free speech but we also believe in the biblical idea that with freedom comes responsibility. Freedom to speak, practice religion bear arms… without responsibility breeds chaos and, ultimately, death.
Do the Ozarks attract hate groups?
Steve Pokin, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader 4:39 p.m. EDT April 20, 2014
Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kan., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
(Photo: David Eulitt, AP)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Those who track white supremacists — such as the Missouri man arrested in the shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas — know that free speech often protects hate speech. But what they fear most is that dangerous intersection of hate speech and violence.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, after decades of spouting hate toward Jews, is accused of killing three people outside Jewish community sites last week in suburban Kansas City. None of the three slain was Jewish.
Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, had been living just outside Marionville, Mo., a city of 2,250 that, according to the 2010 Census, is 96.3% white and without a single black resident. Marionville is 25 miles southwest of Springfield.
His house sits on five acres, isolated from neighbors, other than cattle, where two lonely roads form a T-intersection. A nearby sign warns: “dangerous intersection.”
Karen Aroesty, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League for Missouri, Southern Illinois and Eastern Kansas, said rural America is a great place to live for those seeking to avoid ethnic and cultural diversity.
With that said, she added, most whites don’t choose to live in rural areas to avoid diversity; it’s more a matter of where they happened to be born and raised. Cross moved to the Ozarks at least 12 years ago. He had been living in North Carolina, where he founded a state chapter of the KKK.
Aroesty does not believe there is anything unique to the Ozarks — the area encompassing parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma — that might lure hate groups. Neither does she believe they necessarily flourish here. Hate groups can just as easily be found in major urban areas across the nation.