Ben Klassen will be immortalized - just not in the way he might have wanted to be. While he formed the Church of the Creator, others who are a whole lot more creative have decided to turn his brand of hate into something, perhaps, a little more worthy of a society that really doesn't value hate and prejudice.
Making a positive statement out of the trash so endeared to Creators, just makes my 2010 even brighter. It's a great step forward.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you 4,000 books full of racist aspersion, make art.
That’s the simple logic behind “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” one of the most ambitious, diverse – and unlikely – art projects in the modern history of Montana. A joint project of the Holter Museum of Art in Helena and the Montana Human Rights Network, the widely traveled exhibit arrives in Missoula this week – the closest it has yet come to where it all began, in a storage locker near Superior.
That’s where, back in 2003, Montana Human Rights Network director Ken Toole was taken by a disaffected member of the white supremacist group, World Church of the Creator. The locker contained thousands of copies of 13 books written by Ben Klassen, the infamous author of the “White Man’s Bible” and founder of the so-called Creativity Movement. All that the impoverished defect or asked in exchange for the books was a bus ticket out of town...CONTINUED