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Sugar-Coated Hate? KKK Hands Out Candy to Recruit Families and Kids to the Cause

The Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina is enticing kids and young families to join the racist group by giving them bags of candy.

Stuck to the bags of sugary treats that residents of an Oconee County subdivision found on their driveways over the weekend,  the KKK attached a message reading, “Save our land, join the Klan.”

Also on the flier was a phone number to a hotline, which somewhat ironically, railed against the current influx of immigrants – many of the children – at the nation’s borders.

“Be a man join the Klan! Illegal immigration is destroying America,” the voice on the hotline says before spewing standard KKK hate. The message ends with “always remember if it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White power!”

Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff of the sect, the Loyal White Knights, told Fox Carolina that the effort was part of their annual recruitment drive and they had not meant to threaten people with their candy-hate bombs left near their homes in the dead of night.

He also said that his group was not targeting certain individuals, or races, with their campaign.

“I mean, we can’t tell who lives in a house, whether they’re black, white, Mexican, gay, we can’t tell that,”Jones said. “And if you were to look at somebody’s house like that, that means you’d be pretty much a racist.”

One woman who received the candy hate note, however, said she felt her non-white neighbors were indeed targeted by the ‘gift.’

“[I] talked to several neighbors. They were very angry, very upset, very ashamed at the same time – that this exists,” the woman said, “Ashamed to face our neighbors that do not have the same color skin that we do.”

She added that, “You shouldn’t have to wake up and fear that somebody might burn a cross in your yard or throw something like this out in your driveway with nothing but hurt in their intention.”

Jones said, though, that neighbors need not fear unless they are doing something morally objectionable to the Klan (like being gay, an immigrant or non-white) and pointed out that the group is not a hate group, but a white civil rights advocacy organization who happen to be Bible lovers too.

His group is also currently planning a cross burning to protest their latest hate-filled cause – illegal immigration and the influx of kids from Central America at the nation’s border.

Photo Credit: Martin

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