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Just Good Neighbors? Pennsylvania KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch to Patrol Streets at Night

A Pennsylvania chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan wants you to know that they are really just good neighbors. To prove it, the group has announced a plan to help fight crime in their community by patrolling the streets with a neighborhood watch.

“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Frank Ancona, the local KKK leader said, pointing out that the watch was a response to a rash of break-ins, not racial tensions.

He also insisted that despite what others think, the Ku Klux Klan is not really about hating people at all.

“We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race,” he stressed. “We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”

To promote their new ‘outreach’ program, the group recently littered the community with fliers depicting a hooded Klansman and reading, “Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”

While some neighbors reported the fliers as offensive, the local authorities said that the KKK’s message was not a direct threat to the residents in the 95 percent white community and did not take action.

“There’s not a whole lot we can do about it,” Lt. Jason Loper of the Fairview Township police said. “It’s a freedom of speech issue and, while vast majority of most residents don’t agree with their philosophy, we can’t discriminate against them…or we’ll open ourselves to a lawsuit.”

Ancona, though, disputed the fact that the KKK are only a fringe minority in the area. “Members could be the guy who is delivering your pizza. It could be law enforcement from the local sheriff’s office. It could be the nurse taking care of you in the emergency room,” Ancona said, noting that people are often quiet about their membership because the Klan is  “somewhat discriminated against.”

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