KKK fliers found in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood
Posted July 21, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — After heavy rains Saturday night, a Raleigh man said he found hate literature from the Ku Klux Klan in his front yard.
Jesse Jones collected about 30 fliers around Raleigh's historic Oakwood community.
"It was just like, what? This is happening in my neighborhood?" Jones said.
The fliers were contained in plastic bags filled with pebbles to keep them from blowing away. Jones said he quickly called police.
"Some people posted on my Facebook that this is all propaganda, that it's a lie, people are making this up," he said. "I'm like, 'No, they are not. It happened to me. In my yard.'"
Similar fliers were also found in Fayetteville's Massey Hill neighborhood last weekend.
Jones believes he may have been targeted because of his work as a criminal defense attorney in some high-profile cases in Harnett County.
"It shouldn't happen in America," Jones said. "Can you imagine being a minority and getting one?"
Jones' home security camera caught a glimpse of someone getting out of a car and standing in front of his home in the rain late Saturday. He turned the video over to authorities, but he believes little can be done.
"This is America. They have the right to speech. They can say this. There is nothing we can do about it," he said.
According to Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups in the U.S. affiliated with the KKK has risen dramatically in the last year. He said there are currently about 4,000 to 5,000 members of the KKK in the country. In 1965, there were 40,000, and in 1925, there were 4 million.
In addition to Raleigh and Fayetteville, similar fliers were found in Greensboro, Florida and Kentucky in the last week.