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Neighbors nervous about KKK recruitment flyers

  • Written by Carley Gordon/WSMV

kkk-350Cookeville – The people living in Cookeville expect to find newspapers at the end of their driveways and mail in their mail boxes, but not this: recruitment flyers from the Ku Klux Klan.

"The KKK Wants You," it says, and on it is a number and website so that those interested can get involved.

"It breaks my heart. It just breaks my heart. I grew up in Cookeville and I was a child when Martin Luther King gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech. We just honored that last week and I thought, 'It is 2013 and we're doing this again?' It's devastating to me," said one recipient who chose to remain anonymous.

The woman we interviewed felt so intimidated she wanted her face blurred. She was so upset that she removed the flyer from her friend's yard before he had a chance to see it.

"They're African-American and so I did not want them to be as upset as I was, or more," she said.

"I'd say you probably need to call police, just to let them know, but as far as personal feelings, you know who you are, and you know God's love, and I wouldn't be concerned about it," said Gerard Harlem.

Police said they're monitoring the situation, but at this point, there hasn't been a crime so there's not much they can do.

An officer told Channel 4 they didn't want to interview on camera because they didn't want to give the KKK the public attention its members want.

Channel 4 also called the KKK and spoke to imperial wizard Frank Antona.

Antona said the KKK has a large presence in Cookeville, they're constantly recruiting new members and they're starting neighborhood watch groups all over the country.

Antona said the flyer was meant to inform, not intimidate. He calls passing them out his First Amendment right.

"It is just totally unacceptable, unbelievable and should be stopped," said a recipient.

(This WSMV story is via CNN)

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