KKK recruitment fliers distributed in Harnett

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Some Western Harnett residents were not pleased by recruiting literature which appeared in their yards and driveways recently, urging them to join the Ku Klux Klan.

Fliers that were attributed to the organization — namely the Loyal White Knights of the KKK — were reported over the weekend in the Tingen Pointe neighborhood and surrounding area. 

“They were all along Barbecue Church Road,” said Tingen Road resident Janet Holder, who added that her mother lives nearby and received the flier. “I was surprised myself ... .”

The fliers ask a series of questions, including “Have You Had Enough Minority Tyranny?,” and messages such as “Save our Land, Join the Klan.”

According to Maj. Jeff Huber of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, at least one resident has contacted the office about the literature, which he described as double-sided and distributed in Ziploc bags that also contained a rock.

“I know other people [in the office] have fielded calls,” he said. “Basically, [the recipients] know no law has been broken, but they know law enforcement would want to know about it.”

The fliers include a hotline and a website, which defends the organization and its mission and lists a Pelham, N.C.-based address.

“We are not evil; hateful people as our enemies would have you believe,” the site states. “We are common white people from all walks of life who have recognized the problems that our race is facing. We have chosen to stand and fight for those things that we hold dear to our people.”

News outlets in several Southern states, including Florida, Alabama and Georgia, have reported similar flier disbursements in recent weeks, indicating that the local activity is part of a wider recruiting effort.

But many local recipients take issue with the group and its tenets, with some being quoted in area media outlets calling the fliers “hate mail.”

“I hate for them to stir up trouble,” said Holder, who grew up in the area. “Things have been going fine for several years. They should just leave things alone.”

Joe Miller, chairman of the Harnett County Board of Commissioners, said he was aware of the fliers, but he hadn’t heard from any constituents about them.  

“Everybody’s got their freedom of speech, and they’ve got the right to say what they want to,” Miller said. “But it’s just a shame in this day and age you’ve still got hate groups, and you’ve got them in all shapes, sizes and colors.”