Residents in a Minnesota town woke up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to find Ku Klux Klan fliers at their door, and it appeared as though they were being recruited by a Klan chapter in North Carolina more than a thousand miles away.
The fliers, given to residents in Virginia, MN., had a listed area code from Pelham, North Carolina, where the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan are based.
Pelham and the city of Virginia are about 1,300 miles away from each other.
Joseph Adams, a resident of Virginia, posted pictures of the fliers on Facebook. He said they were being dropped off randomly on people’s doorsteps and in their mailboxes.
The papers referred to the civil rights leader as a “communist pervert” and questioned if he should be considered a national hero. The fliers also proclaimed that “white pride doesn’t mean hate,” and called on residents to join the chapter.
“Idk if I want to be here much longer,” Adams wrote about the town of Virginia on Facebook.
It’s not clear why the KKK chapter chose to recruit in the Minnesota town, but the move was condemned by local officials.
“We don’t want this kind of crap in our community,” Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s racism, is what it is. It’s despicable. It’s a cancer that will eat away the very fabric of your community if you allow this to continue.”
Pelham is near the North Carolina and Virginia state line. The Loyal White Knights are recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
In October, the Loyal White Knights distributed recruitment fliers at a high school football game near Fayetteville.
Members were among the group of white nationalists who protested the removal of a confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., in August. That protest incited violence and led to the death of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester who was killed after a car ran into a group of counter-protesters.
Following the violence in Charlottesville, members of the Loyal White Knights told Observer news partner WBTV that they were happy Heyer was killed.