West Virginia ‘Littered’ With KKK Recruitment Fliers
West Virginia towns and cities are being littered with recruitment flyers from the Ku Klux Klan. The latest incident took place in the community of Parkersburg, with residents reporting that as many as three fliers at a time were placed on their own lawns and front porches with messages that included “save the land” and “join the Klan.” But while residents may be outraged at the fliers, they seem to be keeping it to themselves.
“Maybe people aren’t responding because they don’t want to raise the fact that this happened to the point of advertising it,” said Teresa Miller, who received some of the fliers. “But to completely neglect to respond shows that our community isn’t interested in equality and doing what is right. I don’t know what we can do about it, but someone should do something, at the very least.”
Parkersburg police said that the fliers themselves are part of free speech, regardless of the offensive message, but Klan members could be charged with littering and trespassing on private property if caught. However, they believe the targeted letters are coming from a KKK branch in North Carolina and not from a group in West Virginia.
“They seem to be focusing on the distressed neighborhoods of the city,” said Paul Miller. “And even though we are all stressed by the economic downturn, we still need to stand up and let the Klan know that they aren’t welcome in our city.”
The KKK had millions of members during their peak roughly 100 years ago, but now only have between 5,000-8,000 members, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.