TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – A group with a mission similar to the “Ku Klux Klan” has been operating in Tallahassee, actively looking for more members.
WTXL is taking a closer look at “the Republic of Florida,” which hails itself as a “white nationalist group” that encourages militia training.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says it knows about the group and its members but it’s not doing what you would consider active monitoring. Still, viewers told us they’re concerned about what this group stands for.
A call to action here in the Capital City.
The “Republic of Florida”, asking residents to fight the government, push for secession and return to a white “ethno-state.”
The group encourages armed combat training for potential battle as part of ten codes members must follow.
Others include allegiance to European lineage and forbidding interracial and same-sex relationships.
The Southern Poverty Law Center listed the group as part of its “Hatewatch” years ago, but now, there seems to be a resurgence.
Jay Godin says about a month ago, members of the group started attacking his friends on social media.
When he stepped in to try and educate the group, he said members threatened him.
On its website, the Republic of Florida vows to “fight to the death” for their rights and that the federal government will “never look out for their best interests.”
Godin says it’s this type of mentality that could turn into something very dangerous.
WTXL has invited the “Republic of Florida” to come to our studio to explain their mission. We’re still waiting to hear back.
The group has advertised a meeting this Saturday but no location has been listed.