North Dakota Is Only One of Nine States without an Active KKK Chapter
The Ku Klax Klan is still active in the United States - just not in North Dakota.
According to new data compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that has tracked the activity of hate groups since 1971, there are now 160 active chapters in 41 different states of the notorious hate group. The Loyal White Knights group has recently tripled in size to make it the largest KKK faction in the country. This is after the group actively recruited for new members with fliers saying, 'The KKK wants you'.
Fortunately, there are no known groups in North Dakota. The closest active chapter is a Loyal White Knights group in Minnesota. However, the SPLC does list the American Freedom Party, a White Nationalist group out of Grand Forks.
Other states without active chapters are Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
One can't help but thing about Craig Cobb's attempted takeover of Leith in 2013, which was thwarted after residents stood their ground against the self-proclaimed white supremacist. Cobb intended to turn the sleepy little town into a white enclave, inviting other like-minded individuals to join his cause of building a "racially conscious community".
While it's nice to see that North Dakota is just one of nine states without an active faction of the Ku Klux Klan, the fact remains the majority of the states host at least one chapter - a stark reminder that these types of groups are anything but a distant memory.