NAACP leaders meet to discuss KKK flier distribution
Posted July 2, 2015
North Carolina NAACP leaders reacted Thursday to recruitment fliers distributed in Johnston County by the Ku Klux Klan.
The fliers from a group called the Loyal White Knights appeared earlier this week in the Adams point subdivision in Johnston County. The fliers include a photo of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and asked people to "fight for our race."
Civil rights leaders gathered in Raleigh, saying they felt it was important to stand against hate.
“We are here to remind our citizens that this is 2015, and this should not be happening,” said the Rev. Dr. Portia Rochelle, president of the Raleigh-Apex chapter of NAACP.
Although no fliers were distributed in Garner, the city's mayor joined forces with NAACP leaders to give his full support.
"I'm here today to denounce the actions of those who distributed those fliers,” Mayor Ronnie Williams said. “I honestly thought that as a society and community all of this would be behind us.”
Local leaders said they want to be proactive before the community is faced with racist acts such as the fatal shooting last month of nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C.
Their message on Thursday to the community was simple: Do not react.
“We are urging you to call 911,” Rochelle said. “Contact the nearest law enforcement agency. They are trained and equipped to handle this—you're not.”
A member of the Loyal White Knights contacted by WRAL News said Thursday that the group will continue to stand up for the white race.