Sunday, April 01, 2007

Klan Leader Quits, Turns to Eye On Hate

Eye On Hate Action Alert:
This article was in today's Wilkes-Barre,PA "Times Leader"

EX Klan Leader not going to Hazelton,PA

Joe Bednarsky says he’s quit as leader, disbanded group. It’s possible another Klan group could go to city.

HAZLETON – The Ku Klux Klan won’t be holding a rally in Hazleton as originally believed. At least not the Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan based in New Jersey.

Claiming he’s done with the hate movement, Joe Bednarsky resigned as the organization’s imperial wizard effective midnight Thursday, saying he was tired of fighting for a dying cause.

It is possible, but unknown at this time if another Klan chapter might protest in Hazleton, but Bednarsky said the Confederate Knights would not be present because upon his resignation he also disbanded the organization. The Confederate Knights were founded in Melville, N.J., in September 2006.

While the former Klan leader appeared to have turned over a new leaf trying to leave behind his hateful past, others familiar with groups such as these had their doubts.

“We will wait and see if he is sincere,” said Barry Morrison, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Bednarsky’s group only had a handful of followers including his mother, Morrison said.

Floyd Cochran knows people can change. He did. In July 1992, he left an Aryan Nation in Idaho as the propaganda director after he learned his son would be killed because of a birth defect – a cleft palate.

Since then he has toured the country and commonwealth talking to church groups, school children and college students to warn them about the dangers of hate groups.

As host of a weekly talk show at 9 p.m. Thursdays over the Internet, Cochran dispels myths about racism.

The former New Jersey Klan leader will be the featured guest next Thursday.

Bednarsky has said he would like to join forces with Cochran to help other people see the truth behind hate groups.

Cochran warned people must be leery of people saying they have turned against hate.

Bednarsky must first prove himself by apologizing to the city of Hazleton, Cochran said. If he is not willing to do that, Cochran said, then Bednarsky is not welcome on his team.

“I’m not going to buy into yesterday I hated and now I love,” he said.

“It’s not that easy.”

For more information -
Floyd Cochran’s radio show, Eye on Hate Blog Talk Radio, will be broadcast through the Eye on Hate Web site at at 9 p.m. Thursday. end of article

article can be found here


  1. My Apology

    I would first like to publicly apologize for everything that I ever said or did to anyone that was in a hateful matter. The list is long but I would like to start with the citizens of Millville, New Jersey, for many years I have said and did some hateful things to many of them and hope they will find it in their hearts to forgive me someday. I would also like to apologize to the citizens of Hammonton, New Jersey and Hazleton, Pennsylvania for wanting to bring the Ku Klux Klan to their towns and hope that not only the citizens forgive my but also the city officials as well.

    I acknowledge that the Ku Klux Klan is a hate group and express deep regret for ever joining the Ku Klux Klan back in 1986. I have not only lied to myself but others as well in stating that it was not about hate when in fact it was. I understand that my future actions will show that I am truly sorry for my past actions. I also understand that this is not something that will just change overnight and will take time to overcome, but I hope with the help people like Floyed Cochran from Eye On Hate that I will overcome the hate that lives inside me.

    Joseph V. Bednarsky Jr.

  2. You fat assed little race traitor. Your time is coming.

  3. Hello Joe, welcome to Nikki's Nest. That is quite an apology.

    You understand, I'm sure, that people are going to be skeptical for awhile. I just want to let you know that, if you are sincere, you will find you have a lot of friends.

    Che - shut up. There will be no threats made here. If you have something to say to Joe, or a question to ask - call the show on Thursday. Otherwise, shut the hell up.

  4. Um, "Ghost"...If I remember correctly, Che Guevara was a communist , correct?

    How does that square with being in the ANSWP...oh, oh I forgot, all that "Third Positionist" tripe again.

  5. 'hate':i put that term in 'inverted commas' because it seems to be mainly white people who have to apologise for their past(s)!

    let's see some 'black supremicists'/NOI and/or JDL publicly abandon their 'hate'!

    then, i'd be convinced!

    most white people who 'abandon their hate' seem to do so for firmly-held religious reasons

    how-ever: i see no such reason(s) being advocated by Mr Bednarsky.

    what, then, i wonder, is his rationale for abandoning his former 'hate'?

    it seems to me that he can advance no sound philosophical reason for so doing!

    as such: i must say that i find his discalimers less than convincing!

    or: perhaps he had no sound philosophical basis for his beliefs to begin with (?)

    if so: it would be quite easy to jettison them: but: then again: it would also be quite easy to re-adopt them!

    to me: this demonstrates the lack of intellectual rigour inherent in our 'dumbed-down' society: people adopt 'opinions' and 'beliefs' for no valid logical reasons: they also believe what-ever they are told without analysing and critiquing it!

    Mr Bednarsky would also seem to be leaving 'the movement' @ a some-what inopportune time: when many other white people (especially young people) are climbing aboard....i hope he doesn't end up regretting his decision....he's on the 'public record' now: perhaps he might have been better served by quietly 'dis-associating' him-self from his former comrades and ideas!

    too late for that now!


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