Easter: Traumatic Jewish Holiday

Unfortunately, Easter and other religious holidays often evict emotions with hate groups and Semitic groups. Last week, shootings at Jewish Centers led to three deaths. Frazier Cross is being held responsible for the crime and now faces two different types of murder charges. A known racist and member of the Ku Klux Klan, Cross is also known under other aliases. Now in jail under $10 million bond, Cross is likely to be convicted of life with no parole and is also under suicide watch currently. Image

Cross was convicted of federal felonies in the 1980’s so he was not legally allowed to be in possession of a gun as well. He managed to buy three from a middle man who bought them legally, proving this was a premeditated murder. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Cross was also the founder and leader of the Carolina Knights and White Patriot Party, both white supremacist groups. When Cross was arrested, reporters were able to film him screaming “Heil Hitler” from the back of the police car. These shootings took place the day before the beginning of Passover, a sacred Jewish holiday. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had taken precautionary steps the week before to warn the Jewish centers of possible violence. 

This traumatic event can be used to serve as an example to show that while hate groups have been at a decline here in the United States, the ones that exist are still strong and dangerous. The ADL also stated that the number of violent Anti-Semitic incidents has risen in the past year; the SPLC also tracks hate groups and has been tracking Cross, who has openly stated he desires to “exterminate” the Jews. The SPLC was happy to announce that the number of hate groups have been going down in the past years, and states that they believe the reelection of Obama was a major factor of disheartening certain groups, especially racist and anti same-sex marriage groups. However, they warn that the “Radical America” that still exists is extremely dangerous and this is just one example of it. “The existence of these groups does not automatically suggest threats of violence” but can prove to be quite the danger to society. 

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