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Once again, KKK uses fliers to recruit in central NC

Posted June 29, 2015
Updated June 30, 2015

— Ku Klux Klan members have started another flier recruitment drive in central North Carolina – this time in Johnston County.

In 2014, the group, calling themselves the “Loyal White Knights,” tossed fliers onto front lawns in Broadway, Spring Lake and Sanford. Black crime and minority tyranny were used to convenience the reader to join “the white revolution” and restore the country to a “white Christian nation.”

This year, the same group is using a flier claiming that “a vote for Jeb Bush is a vote for open borders and for an accelerated browning of America.” The flier, which includes a picture of the presidential candidate, also urges the reader to join and “save Americans jobs” and “stop the freeloading now.”

Bush has a Mexican-born wife, speaks fluent Spanish – doing so during his campaign announcement – and has lived in Mexico and Venezuela. He was popular with Spanish-speaking voters while serving two terms as governor of Florida.

Residents in the Adams Point neighborhood found the fliers on their yards and driveways Monday morning.

“I’m not fearful, and that's what perhaps this is all about, trying to cause people to become fearful,” resident Eddie Davis said.

Shawn Stroud didn’t see the flier in his driveway, neatly folded inside a plastic bag and weighed down with rocks, until a reporter pointed to it.

“It doesn't make any sense,” he said. “It's trying to link Jeb Bush with the KKK. I think it's probably ridiculous. It specifically mentions Hispanics. So I don't get it. It's trash to me.”

Alphonsus Ngwadom may use the flier he received for an in-class discussion.

"Actually, my students would have fun discussing this because it's a mixture of all races, people from different walks of life and backgrounds," said Ngwadom, a professor of race relations at Mount Olive College.

Others saw the flier as a minor diversion.

“I think that the neighbors are beyond fear and falling for distortions such as these,” Davis said.

No one answered the phone number on the flier early Monday evening, but a voicemail greeting stated that America needs to “wake up and smell the coffee” and elaborated on, among other things, the Confederate flag, slave ships, African-Americans and Jews.

At about 10:30 p.m., James Spears, a member of the group returned a reporter's phone call. Spears said the organization will continue to distribute fliers throughout the country until July 1 – and that the KKK isn't a hate group, but standing up for the white race.


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  • Paul Jones Jun 30, 2015
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    I read your description looking for the racism. I did not hear it. Sounds like a small town bully, but were there racist remarks?

  • Mary Martinez Jun 30, 2015
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    When I was in High School in the 80s I lived in a small town in central California. A majority of residents were Hispanic migrant farm workers but there was still a strong white presence going back to the dustbowl era. I felt immediate culture shock coming from Silicon Valley where my parents worked in the newly birth computer industry. A divorce forced me to move with my mother back to her hometown. This was the first time I had ever experienced real racism.

    I was at my locker one day and something akin to the parting of the Red Sea occurred when a white leather clad student in Doc Martin's came through toting a confederate flag on his shoulder. I inquired about it and was told that his family demanded that his right to free speech be observed. They had money and power in the town and could raise hell if their son would have been forbidden to wear his "uniform" and tote his flag to school-and so-I would step aside when he came walking through. No one cared and they still don't. Sad.

  • Paul Jones Jun 30, 2015
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    I will not disagree that the flag represents that spirit of defiance / rebellion. That's why it is called the rebel flag. And there are reasons for still holding feelings of defiance toward the north. They can still be a pain, you know. I've said before that there are ideological differences between the north and south. Just look at the presidential election maps for a clear indicator.
    It's unfortunate that the KKK are using the flag for their cause, but civilized people will not go there to stop them. But I definitely do not think we should erase part of our history because of this.

  • Sam Nada Jun 30, 2015
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    "For the vast majority of people who fly that flag, it is a part of their history and heritage. It is a positive symbol."

    I was born, grew up, and have lived most of my long life in the South, and that's not my view. My experience is the majority of people who fly the flag are expressing defiance, resistance to national unity, and often racism. No doubt some feel the way you describe, but I would wager not the majority. I reject the idea that we would cave to the KKK, but rather we would reject the worst parts of our past, and embrace unity, equality, and a more progressive future.

  • Paul Jones Jun 30, 2015
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    That logic is flawed. They also burned crosses, but the population does not view the cross in a negative light.

    Today, that flag is not a symbol of divisiveness, except in the minds of those who perpetuate hate and racism. For the vast majority of people who fly that flag, it is a part of their history and heritage. It is a positive symbol.

    Further, if we cave to the KKK and allow that flag to be used exclusively by them, then we will effectively create a symbol of hate that did not exist before. I do not agree with handing over a flag that actually DOES have positive meaning behind it and allow it to be tarnished and banned simply because a hate group is running around waving it.

  • Sam Nada Jun 30, 2015
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    The KKK plans to make it very clear what they believe the Confederate flag stands for.


    Whether you like it or not, and regardless of anyone's revisionist history, today that flag is a symbol of divisiveness. Removing it from the grounds of State government won't end the divisiveness, but it would demonstrate a willingness to acknowledge it, and a desire to move toward a better future.

  • Tommie Stiles Jun 30, 2015
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    if you look at pic of the kkk on the internet you will find them holding an American flag too .so dose this make the American flag racist too? you cant ban one and not the orther.

  • Dan May Jun 30, 2015
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    I consider these flyers of the same import as the Chinese take out menus, pizza flyers, and ads for bogus insurance that often litter my drive. As one poster stated well, litter. Just more to put in the recycle bin....

  • Stephen Believable Jun 30, 2015
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    I believe that the flag represents slavery, racism, and bigotry... to you. To others, it means something different... something entirely different.

    One thing that I don't understand is why people can't seem to respect everyone else's individual freedom to have their own opinion. You don't like the flag. That's cool. Some people do. Some people even like it for the reasons you suggest. My opinion are that those people are a waste of flesh. They probably think the same about me and you... and they have the right to.

    That is freedom. Becoming offended at someone else's display comes with the territory. You also have a right to speak out against it. Where the line is drawn, is when you force people or deny their right to display their opinion based on yours.

    For me, the flag represents the spirit of telling an overreaching government to stop legislating everything I do. Take my tax money and leave me alone. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Paul Jones Jun 30, 2015
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    If you grew up in the south, you know what the flag represents. It is sweet tea. It is tobacco. It's farming. It's the Bible. It's the "yes, ma'am", belt buckles, 4-wheel drives, country music, bluegrass music, Jack Daniels, and on and on.

    It does not represent hatred.

    Consider the following: the constitution of the US guaranteed slavery. The Constitution of the US itself requires states to return run-away slaves back to their home state. There are bits in the constitution about "free men" and "other men".

    Before wore broke out, the south wanted to leave. It was not about slavery, but taxes, states rights, etc. Slavery became a political issue, much like gay marriage today.

    Did the north embrace blacks? No. They were repressed. Jim Crow laws were not laws of the south. Most states treated blacks as less than equal. The rebel flag was not a symbol of slavery any more than the American flag is.