A week after the racially-fueled shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine dead, including South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney, members of the Ku Klux Klan are reportedly gearing up for a large recruitment effort.
The White supremacy group is no stranger to distributing propaganda to push their agenda of a white-washed nation, but in the days after accused Charleston gunman Dylann Roof told authorities he shot the nine victims at the historic Black church because of their race, the KKK has stepped up its game. According to RawStory.com, residents in Mississippi, California, Florida, Alabama, Kansas, and Georgia received bags of candy laced with recruitment messages on their lawns and porches.
In Fullerton, an Orange County, California city, some of the fliers were mispelled and read, “Save our land, join the Klan in Calfornia.” The bags filled with rocks and Tootsie Roll candy were thrown from a car over the weekend, the OC Weekly reports.
“It’s just wrong, there’s no words,” Fullerton resident Alia Cass told CBS Los Angeles. “That’s what it is — basically, there’s nothing right about it. Racism isn’t born — it’s taught.”
Similar bags were found in Rockdale County, Georgia over the weekend, and police there are are doing door-to-door canvassing in search of witnesses or surveillance video. “I want them to know that Rockdale County does not stand for this type of behavior,” Sheriff Eric Levett told the local NBC News station. He called the perpetrators “evil cowards” and said he will seek trespassing or littering charges against the flier distributors.
The local police stations aren’t taking the not-so-subtle messages lightly, especially in the wake of the deadly shooting, The Daily Beast points out. At least one message distributed in North Carolina explicitly aligns the newest KKK boost to Roof’s ideologies.
From the Daily Beast:
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.”
Local police stations have reached out to the FBI for assistance in finding out who is responsible for the hate messages. For now, many departments can’t do a thing.
“It’s criminal littering at the very least,” Bessemer, Ala. Police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge Jr. told the Daily Beast.
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 1 of 20
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 2 of 20
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 3 of 20
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Getty 4 of 20
5. A Charleston County sheriff's deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 5 of 20
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 6 of 20
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 7 of 20
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 8 of 20
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:Getty 9 of 20
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:Getty 10 of 20
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 11 of 20
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 12 of 20
13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 13 of 20
14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 14 of 20
15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 15 of 20
16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel's first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 16 of 20
17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source:Alex Colby 17 of 20
18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 18 of 20
19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church's first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 19 of 20
20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:Alex Colby 20 of 20
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