For the second time in two months, Randolph County residents found Ku Klux Klan leaflets on their driveways.
“It was pretty much all over town, just like Winchester,” said Tracy Garner, assistant clerk-treasurer for the town of Farmland, Indiana. “They were everywhere.”
Some residents called the police. “They were upset that propaganda was delivered to their property,” said Melvin Nott, town marshal. “But it’s freedom of speech protected under the First Amendment.”
The leaflets were contained in blue plastic bags weighted down with small rocks, just like in Winchester two months ago. The fliers in both communities promoted the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.
“The Klan is very desperate for members and publicity,” Bryan Byers, a professor of criminal justice at Ball State University, told The Star Press after the Winchester incident. “The number of KKK klaverns (local units) nationwide is under 175, and Klan membership has remained steady at between 4,000 and 6,000 nationally for many years.”
The flyers in Winchester read: “Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake. Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today.”
The documents in Farmland read: “We’re bringing back the traditional ways of the Ku Klux Klan to the modern day!” and included a telephone number and website address.
Flyers left on vehicles in Richmond this past May promoted a Loyal White Knights of the KKK rally in Centerville on the 17th of the month. Wayne County and state police showed up, but the rally did not happen.
The Klan has distributed leaflets in several states in recent months including: Missouri, Pennsylvania, Alabama, West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
The hate is still alive.
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