By Nigel Boys
It appears that there is no lack of unscrupulous individuals who will try to turn any tragedy into an opportunity. The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown are no exception.
The Ku Klux Klan’s Loyal White Knights have decided that the racial tension surrounding the shooting in Ferguson is good enough reason to push recruitment of their ranks by distributing flyers, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Ryan Lenz, senior writer for the SPLC, which is an organization founded by civil rights lawyers who track and expose groups like the KKK, said that flyers are landing on the doorsteps of people across the country in a nationwide recruitment drive. He added that the flyers are now being accompanied by a small gift such as a few candies.
According to the SPLC, the KKK has around 5,000 to 8,000 members nationwide, and although they have targeted other people in the past, such as Jews, homos*xuals, immigrants and Catholics, the main aim for their hatred is African-Americans.
Lenz further wrote that some members of the KKK have even offered to go to Ferguson to aid their recruitment drive by showing solidarity with Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Brown.
Some flyers have even found their way into the driveways of people living in Hampton Bays, New York. Various residents of the Suffolk County area, including Colombian, Carlos Enrique Londoño and Karen Fritsch have received these ominous flyers.
According to Londoño, the area in which he lives is predominantly white and the KKK seems determined to send them a message. He adds that the point they are trying to make is that Latinos are moving into their area and will ultimately steal their jobs.
Fritsch said that she was disturbed when her husband found the package from the KKK on her front lawn last week. She adds that the flyer shows ridiculous caricatures of blacks and Latinos with the message that they want the white people’s jobs, their homes and their country.
Being a neighbor of the Londoño’s, the shocked Frisch went on to say that she wanted no part of this terrible campaign of hate. She also said that she felt really sorry her neighbors had to see something of this sort.
Flyers have turned up in other areas of the country, including: Orange County, California; Seneca, South Carolina; and Katy, Texas. The message appears to be the same, join their klan and save the country.