KKK recruitment drive reaches Sandhills
Posted July 14, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
Broadway, N.C. — Rachel Ritter received an invitation she did not ask for – and was disgusted by it.
"A lot of disgust really, because there are so many different families out here – nationalities and races," she said.
Tossed onto the yards of Ritter's Broadway neighborhood on Saturday were fliers inviting them to join the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Viewers in Spring Lake and Sanford also reported receiving fliers.
The flier, which points to black crime and minority tyranny, asks the reader to join “the white revolution” to “restore America to a white Christian nation.”
"White Americans are getting fed up with what is going on and what they are seeing on the news every day,” said Robert Jones of the Loyal White Knights.
Jones said the group, based in Pelham, did not target specific neighborhoods.
The Loyal White Knights are planning a large rally in the Davidson County town of Welcome on August 9.
The event will include a cross-burning, Jones said.
The fliers are part of a nationwide recruiting effort, said Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project.
"Really, all across the country,” she said. “Just in the last few days we have heard about this in southern Illinois and in Atlanta, and they have been in the Northeast and the Northwest."
The recruitment push has been ongoing for months, Beirich said.
"I have never seen people flocking to the Klan the way they are now," Jones said.