OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some of the condemnation of Sunday’s violence comes from an unexpected source. Local representatives of the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation spoke out against the violence.
Both groups are active in Missouri, including locally in the metro. While Frazier Cross Jr. once affiliated himself with the KKK, representatives of both the KKK and the Aryan Nation were quick to separate themselves from the acts he’s accused of committing.
“We’re not out to do anything violent, we’re out here to protect ourselves,” explained metro resident Buddy Rumble.
Rumble is pro-white. He was affiliated with the National Socialist Movement when FOX 4 talked to him before a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City last fall. On Monday Rumble explained he has since changed affiliations and is now part of the Aryan Nation.
He said both groups have similar non-violent missions.
“People in our movement are upset and pissed off at this man for doing what he did, we don’t condone that,” said Rumble.
Rumble said Cross’ time with the KKK was long ago and he feels there’s a reason he is no longer affiliated with them.
“Something’s funny, why isn’t he still there? They must have gotten rid of him, he was a nutcase,” said Rumble.
Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard of the KKK in Missouri, echoed Rumble’s sentiment, saying his group rejects hate filled doctrines.
He said in a statement about the shootings:
“We condemn the actions of Glenn Miller and if convicted support the maximum punishment for his crimes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this heinous crime. We pray that God comforts those who lost their loved ones.”
Despite the affiliation with the Aryan Nation, a group many associate with racism and hatred, Rumble says he prefers to use political methods to spread his message and violence is never on the agenda.
“I wish peace and all the well for their family, wish it hadn’t happened,” said Rumble.