The Nose has, over the years, made efforts to keep tabs on Maryland's "active hate groups," so dubbed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As of Sept. 6, the SPLC listed 17 of them in the Free State-but the Confederate White Knights isn't one of them. Preston's creation, then, has either been flying under the radar-until suddenly making national news with its protest plans-or is a newly minted Klan group. Either way, the group's website touts its motto-"Save the land, Join the Klan!"-has photos of a cross burning, and implores members to "always do your duty for the preservation of the white race."