Wake-up call in Kansas: Anti-Semitism is alive and dangerous in America

“I hate all Jews” was Frazier Glenn Miller’s mantra, repeated time and again by the well-known white supremacist at rallies, in publications and on the Internet over a period of many years. This week, on the eve of Passover, Miller translated his words of hate into violent action by opening fire on a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas. Although Jews were Miller’s apparent targets, his bullets killed three Christians – including Reat Underwood, a 14 year-old boy who was at the community center to audition for a singing competition. It might be tempting, even consoling, to treat Miller’s hate crime as an isolated case of a deranged man losing control. But that would be a mistake for at least two reasons.