TRUMP EFFECT: KKK Recruitment Fliers Are Showing Up On Lawns Across The U.S.
Thousands of residents in cities across the country have reported finding bags of candy on their front lawns accompanied by fliers telling them to “SAVE OUR LAND, JOIN THE KLAN” and “SEAL THE BORDER — PROTECT OUR NATION.”
The fliers attack blacks, people who are Jewish and people who are transgender. Some also quote Bible verse.
One flier, printed on the crinkled slips of paper, features an image of a hooded Klansman pointing a finger in the style of the iconic Uncle Sam recruitment poster, along with something of a slogan: “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”
The fliers distributed on North Salina Street claim leaders of Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers are urging followers to kill white people and white police officers. The writer of the flier bills the KKK as “the only organization standing up for whites.”
“We are in every state, you will not be alone anymore,” the flier reads. “Please join before it’s too late.”
Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told VICE News that the candy and propaganda was distributed as part of a nationwide campaign to recruit new members to the organization, which in the 20th Century became notorious for hatred and violence against minorities, particularly African-Americans.
“It’s one of our recruitment techniques, and it’s also to let everyone know that the Klan is still out there and still active,” he said.
A flier found in North Carolina asked readers if they were tired of “integration,” “race-mixing,” “black welfare,” “black crime,” and “minority tyranny.” It directed residents to a website where they could learn more about the KKK and become a member.
The Klan hopes that anti-immigration sentiment and concern over the recent border crisis will help swell its ranks. The flier included a hotline number that greets callers with a message that tells them, “Be a man, join the Klan.” It goes on to say that illegal immigrants cost the American taxpayer $113 billion per year and bring with them “third world diseases” like leprosy and tuberculosis, and insists that the US government should institute a shoot-to-kill policy against “spics” entering its borders illegally.
“This message has been brought to you by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,” it concludes. “Always remember: if it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White Power!”
Another of the group’s fliers that was distributed said, “Blacks are seven times more likely to go to prison, Hispanics three times, and the reason is clear: Justice is not only hard won, but well served.”