The Ku Klux Klan distributed racist and anti-gay fliers over the weekend in neighborhoods in Atlanta and Rockdale County, prompting residents and one sheriff to speak out in disgust.
The recruitment fliers from a KKK chapter in North Carolina were distributed in a Rockdale County neighborhood, a Walmart parking lot in Conyers and on cars in Candler Park and Cabbagetown last weekend, according to police and media reports. In Rockdale, the fliers were stuffed into plastic bags with candy.
The propaganda includes racist rants, quips about white supremacy and urges people to take a stand against “drug-filled streets” and “rampant crime.” “Save Our Land Join The Klan,” reads one flier. Another targets gay people, calling for “gay bashing” as a way to “stop AIDS” and depicting two men having sex with a line drawn through them.
Law enforcement in Rockdale says they hope to identify who distributed the fliers and pursue criminal charges against them, including criminal trespass and littering. The fliers came just days after the Charleston church shooting in which a white gunman killed nine black churchgoers.
“I find it very disturbing, especially in the wake of the tragedy in Charleston, that someone would distribute Ku Klux Klan propaganda in Rockdale County,” Sheriff Eric Levett says in a Facebook post. “The residents that called to report this were understandably upset and I am too. The Ku Klux Klan is a known hate group and the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is taking this very seriously. We will look into the origins of the fliers and determine if any criminal charges exist, and if so, we will pursue them.”
The fliers are from the Loyal White Knights in Pelham, N.C., though the Southern Poverty Law Center says the group has a presence in Georgia. Similar fliers were also distributed in at least three other states, according to the Rockdale News.
A KKK grand wizard tells WSB the fliers are part of a coordinated membership drive.
“This is our national flyer drive,” Grand Wizard Robert Jones said. “God is the author of segregation. He is the one who drew the color line.”