There’s more to the Minuteman group than some would have you believe, says Ed Hayes, the organization’s Kansas and Missouri state director.
“Here’s what we have going for us that La Raza and other similar groups don’t tell you,” Hayes says. “We do a background check on all our members — it costs $50 to join — and if they have a bad criminal record or are extremists, we don’t take them. … You know, we don’t need numbers, we need respectable people and patriots.”
And to people who insinuate the group is racist?
“My response is, look at the agenda of the people who would say that,” Hayes says. “The ones who have said that are the Hispanic groups and the immigration lawyers.”
Hayes attended the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. awards dinner Monday at the Doubletree.
“He expressed an interest in coming to our event last summer,” says organizer Henry Lyons. “He sent us a letter and a CD about the Minutemen because he said the way the media portrayed them was not the way they are.”
Hayes’ take on Minuteman member Frances Semler’s decision to resign from the parks board after months of controversy.