The Daily Beast- Days after the massacre at a black church in South Carolina, some Americans woke to a vile surprise: KKK fliers with candy on their lawns.
The propaganda—stuffed into plastic baggies with pieces of peppermint and Tootsie Rolls—included a phone number for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Planted under the cover of darkness, the fliers were distributed in California, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia.
It’s not something local police departments are taking lightly, and some have even reached out to the FBI for assistance. The Rockdale County sheriff’s department in Conyers, Georgia, collected more than 80 fliers and is investigating whether anyone can be charged with criminal trespass or littering.
“Whether it was a joke or from an organization doesn’t matter to me,” Sheriff Eric Levett told The Daily Beast. “The fact that it was done during this time is ignorant and cowardly.”
A message on the hate-spewing hotline, based in North Carolina, salutes 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who was charged with murder for the killing nine people in Charleston. Roof penned a racist manifesto before the June 17 mass shooting and wanted to start a “race war.”
“We in the Loyal White Knights of the KKK would like to say hail victory to … Dylan S. Roof who decided to do what the Bible told him,” a man chirps in the recording. “An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. They [black people] have spilled our blood too long. It’s about time someone spilled theirs.”
Okay, I'll admit the candy is a bit much, but my premise remains the same. Of course The KKK is in the middle of a recruiting push. You can be mad. Scratch that. You should be mad that such an organization exists, but at the end of the day they are still an organization. An organization that is lacking willing participants and in the midst of having their century old logo/flag tarnished. When the amount of reliable quarterbacks diminishes you start recruiting quarterbacks harder. Sure. I am outraged that these scumbag racists still exist, but I'm not going to be outraged that these scumbag racists would prefer if there were more scumbag racists. That's just common sense. There is power in numbers. The KKK has never been in more need of numbers than right now. Sometimes you need to undergo a youth movement. The KKK is just in the beginning stages of a rebuild. Probably going to have to try a little harder than a few peppermint suckers, but at least their head is in the right place. The thoughts might be complete outdated and their mission statement might be a bit flawed, but at least they know what they have to do to avoid dying out completely. Sure, they will probably fail, and they will undoubtedly get a ton of bad publicity for these fliers. However, I don't really think the group that's sole purpose is to people for the color of their skin is to worried about public perception. If I had to guess I would say that passing an ethics test isn't a requirement to gain admission to the Klan. More than likely all you need is white skin, a closed mind, and the ability to reach a porch from the street with a bag of candy and a hateful message. There's no regulations to worry about when you recruiting racism, plus, whose practices are completely clean these days anyway?