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Arkansas, home to supremacist groups, weighs hate crimes law

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a 'Christian identity' group that promotes racism have made their headquarters in the state.


The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a 'Christian identity' group that promotes racism have made their headquarters in the state.

The threat of white supremacy has been well known in Arkansas, where various extremist groups have made their home over the decades, but efforts to enact a hate crimes measure have been unsuccessful

Nonetheless, Arkansas is one of only four states without a specific hate crimes law, declining over the years to follow the national legal trend for combatting ethnic violence as it dealt with other priorities it considered more pressing.

Pressure for new legislation is also mounting in Georgia and South Carolina, two other states without hate crimes laws. Wyoming is the other holdout, while a measure enacted in Indiana in April falls short of the standard recognized by the Anti-Defamation League.

Arkansas hasn't experienced any similar mass shootings recently, but few states are more familiar with the threat from white supremacy.

In recent years, billboards occasionally have appeared with white supremacist messages such as,"Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white," or promoting a white pride website.

"Our problem is that our town struggles with a widespread and long-lasting perception that we are dominated by bigotry and racism," said a message on the city's website.

"We are a small state where we are so close to one another and we have a history that suggests that we should be concerned," said Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, who has advocated for a hate crimes law.

"I've come to realize this is important, important not just to address violent acts in this regard but also to give some comfort to those that are subject to these attacks that we are taking some action and that we want to address it," he told The Associated Press.

It's unclear when Hutchinson would pursue legislation in Arkansas. Next year's session is focused on the budget, but Hutchinson hasn't ruled out a special session.

Read more: ABC News

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