KKK Recruitment Fliers Found In New Lenox Township, Southwest Chicago Suburb
- Category: Chicago
- Published on Friday, 18 October 2013 13:20
- Written by The Chicago Defender
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Residents in southwest suburban Chicago were disturbed at the sight of several strange fliers in the area that appeared to be linked to a Ku Klux Klan group.
New Lenox Township resident Janice Dellar told NBC Chicago she called police after she saw the fliers in her neighborhood -- near the intersection of Cedar Road and Joliet Highway -- and police say they have received other reports of the same flier being found elsewhere in the area.
The flier reads "Save Our Land Join The Klan" and is attributed to the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in addition to offering the phone number to a Klan hotline at 336-432-0386 -- a North Carolina area code.
Cassandra Higgins, who lives near Dellar, told Patch she had been alerted to the racist leaflets left on her property by tenants. The leaflets were inside plastic bags weighed down with small rocks.
The hotline plays a recorded recruitment message that closes with the message, "Always remember, if it ain't white, it ain't right. White power."
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the KKK has somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 currently active members.
Per the SPLC's records, the nearest active chapter of the Loyal White Knights, the nation's third-largest Klan faction, is based in Kokomo, Ind., about 160 miles southeast of New Lenox. Less than 10 miles west, in Joliet, a chapter called the United Klans of America is also reportedly active.