I gotta tell ya, sometimes the media really amazes me at their lack of knowledge about these people and groups.
I applaud the efforts of the "Not In Our Town" group and encourage them to continue educating the community and fighting against the message sent by this and other extremist groups. However, we need to do more to raise the awareness and understanding of media personnel who are reporting their efforts and the movement of such groups.
Kyle Anderson, a mere child, is taking a stab at ressurecting the Creativity Movement in Montana. He apparently has adopted all of the creeds and credo's of the old WCOTC along with their books and paraphenalia and features himself as someone capable of filling the shoes of Matt Hale. He had his 15 minutes of fame a few weeks ago by being featured in an article in the Billings Gazette. Montana has long been a bastion for Creators - but there certainly isn't any thing "new" about Anderson's reported image.
So he wears a dress shirt and "blends" in - what the hell is so unusual about that? Matt Hale looked the part of the proverbial anemic nerd, didn't favor tattoos and had a law degree. He still spewed hate, attracted skinheads and felons, and ended up in prison.
As to the headquarters being in Illinois - the "headquarters" went to hell along with Mattie a few years back.
This organization spawned some of the most violent and malevolent criminals ever seen in the hate move movement, and like Travis McAdam said...the good people of Montana shouldn't consider dismissing the possibility of this group growing. Their efforts need to be met head on and nipped in the bud.
As to KULR-TV...they really could be a great help toward that end, if they would simply do a little research and engage in some accurate reporting.
Not In Our Town
updated 5:55 p.m. CT, Fri., Jan. 30, 2009
The group, "Not In Our Town," called an emergency meeting for Thursday night to inform the community of recent white supremacist activity in Billings.
BILLINGS - The group, "Not In Our Town," called an emergency meeting for Thursday night to inform the community of recent white supremacist activity in Billings.
NIOT Director, Eran Thompson, says members of the Creativity Movement are organizing in Billings, passing out fliers and vandalizing property. The little known supremacist group began in the 1970's and had its hey-day in the 1990's.
While Thompson says while only about 7 people are suspected of activity in Billings, it's still a major concern. That's why they asked the Montana Human Rights Network to educate residents about the group.
"Don't just dismiss it and say if we ignore it, it will go away. We've seen communities try that in the past and it doesn't work. It is better to come to grips with it and really organize against it," says Travis McAdam with the Network.
McAdam says those involved are probably young teens. Another worry is that the group may be recruiting in middle schools and high schools. Some online sources list the Creativity Movement's headquarters as Illinois.