STRATFORD, Conn. — The leader of an alleged white supremacist group has accepted a Bridgeport minister’s invitation to discuss race and tolerance.
Ken Zrallack, 22, leader of the White Wolves, said his group is “pro-white” rather than a hate group. He said white people are discriminated against as much as any minority group.
“I am very happy to discuss the way I feel,” Zrallack told the Connecticut Post on Friday, a day after the Rev. Trevor Babb of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport called for the meeting.
“There is something that is motivating them to hate,” Babb said at a prayer breakfast Thursday. “We should talk to them.”
Police have linked the Wolves to several bias incidents in the region, the newspaper reported. In May, the group allegedly disrupted a meeting of a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community organization.
Zrallack’s brother, Matthew, was arrested then. Police said he assaulted an officer.
Matthew Zrallack was the center of controversy last year for allegedly giving the Nazi salute on the Stratford High School yearbook cover, the Post reported. Zrallack said at the time that he was “doing the wave” with his rigid, outstretched arm.
Police have said the White Wolves are growing in numbers, but Ken Zrallack said the group has just three members and does not preach violence.
Investigators believe the group is linked to an incident in September, when a car window was smashed. Two of the three teens in the car was black, and police told the newspaper that the White Wolves were holding a rally nearby.
Ken Zrallack does not accept responsibility for any of the recent bias incidents and said his group wants to help the community.
“I know people will never believe that,” he said. “We want to be positive individuals for our race.”
No date for the meeting was set.