Plastic baggies with fliers telling of a KKK Neighborhood Watch Program and recruiting efforts, complete with Candy Canes for Christmas have been found in Tinley Park, Illinois and nearby Oak Forrest in the Harlem Avenue to Hickory Street Neighborhood.
The fliers say:
You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake! Are there Troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Today!”
There is a phone number and web address for the group.
This is cold comfort to black residents of these places in the Chicago Suburbs. Chicago’s NBC Affiliate and the Chicago Tribune also received the sweet and threatening Christmas missives.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center the Traditionalist American Knights of the Klan are “to all appearances, an organization of thugs. Bad neighbors. Street fighters. They include rip-off artists would-be wife-killers. Alleged abusers of infants. Drug informants. One former state leader served two years for the gang rape of a college student. Another leader publicly threatened a massacre if the group were attacked. One alleged member was charged last year with shooting up a black man’s occupied home.”
On African –Americans the group assessment is they are “primitive, ugly, foul-smelling, jungle savages [who] have polluted America with their ape-like odor and disgusting habits.”
The group uses obscenity while making carrying guns common. “We use the hate language,” said Jeff Berry the Imperial Wizard. “Sometimes you have to, to get a point across.” Berry and his some 6,000 cohorts nationwide also can speak of being nothing more than “a high minded civil rights group for whites.”
The latest report of the U.S. Bureau of the Census indicates whites will be in the minority by 2045, and that the process is moving more rapidly than predicted. This is the fuel behind the panic of the Republican conservative Tea Party Wing, Fox News, much of the Republican base, nearly all white and secessionist minded groups like the League of the South protesting what they call “Southern Demographic Displacement.” That’s short for hey look there are a whole lot more blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Middle East Muslims around here all of a sudden.
These and other “so called” Patriot groups are really fighting against this Twenty-first century more enlightened America where gay rights has joined the main line and broad civil rights movement, and those working for comprehensive immigration reform. The League of the South wants a government led by Anglo-Celtic white men, an elite and loyal group from that race of people. They also see secession as a way out of an America that no longer dances to their tune.
So, why not have a candy cane and sleep soundly tonight knowing the KKK is protecting or perhaps if you are of color, attacking your neighborhood.
There has been no reaction from law enforcement as yet to what probably is constitutionally protected speech and sweets.
Merry Christmas to all and to all racist hate groups a thuggish, criminal good night.