Valley Residents Wake Up to KKK Fliers Outside Homes
They certainly have the First Amendment right to make their case, but what someone representing the Ku Klux Klan did in Waynesboro and Staunton is raising both eyebrows and concerns.
KKK fliers appeared overnight on front porches, driveways and streets in Waynesboro and Staunton. Police say they haven't seen anything like this before.
While the fliers didn't contain any specific beliefs of the KKK, the effort was a clear attempt to recruit new members from the community.
"I'm not a vigilante, but they're not going to mess with my house or my neighborhood,” said David Foster, who received one of the fliers.
Foster had a funny feeling early Monday morning when he saw a group of people with flashlights near his property in Waynesboro. He’s shocked anyone would still promote a group known historically for spreading hate.
"You know that's a shame, that that still goes on in our society now. By now people should be past that,” he said.
Neighbors on Mount Vernon Street woke up to find the propaganda sprinkled along their stretch of road. The recruitment fliers were placed in Food Lion zipper storage bags and weighed down with marbles.
"No, I've never seen anything like that. It is disturbing. They are ignorant people,” said one neighbor, Town Lalonde.
Waynesboro police are looking into the situation. They say no one has requested any type of KKK demonstration. They believe it was an underground effort.
"The fact that they're doing it overnight using the cover of darkness may just be that they don't want the notoriety or have a confrontation with someone who might have opposing beliefs,” said Waynesboro Police Sergeant Brian Edwards.
A North Carolina phone number and address appeared on the forms. Foster says wherever these people are from, he has a message for them, too.
"Tried to stir something up. We're going to still live our life. Just keep your hatred somewhere else,” he said. “Take it somewhere else. We don't want it here.”
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