KKK fliers distributed in valley again
Fliers recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan have resulted in at least one report to local law enforcement in Mesa County.
The fliers, distributed with small bags of candy, were reportedly distributed in some Orchard Mesa neighborhoods. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Megan Terlecky confirmed that the agency received at least one report of the fliers from the area on Monday.
The advertisement is titled “Black Lives Matter” but goes on to berate black people and claims they are killing white people and are “thugs breaking the law.”
It goes on to say “Join the Ku Klux Klan” and lists reasons to join, including, “We are Christian based and uphold the Bible” and claims the KKK is not a hate group. “Please join before it’s too late,” the flier states, and includes a drawing of a hooded figure in the corner with the words “The KKK Wants You!”
The hotline number on the flier has a recorded message that encourages the death penalty for Charles Ellis Jr., a black comedian who was arrested recently on child pornography charges in Virginia.
The same fliers were distributed in 2016 in California, Georgia, Kansas and Alabama among other places, according to media reports. The chapter of the KKK taking responsibility for the fliers is the Loyal White Knights, based in Pelham, North Carolina.
The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the chapter as a relatively small branch of the KKK, which is well-known for distributing leaflets. Often, these are distributed by “probates,” those who seek membership with the group, as a type of initiation.
The same chapter took responsibility for the last leafleting campaign for the KKK in Mesa County, which happened around Valentine’s Day and included neighborhoods in the Redlands.