New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A Ku Klux Klan group attempted to recruit new members by dropping fliers off in a predominately black Florida neighborhood.
The North Carolina KKK group sent fliers to a Florida group who dropped hundreds of the papers featuring the distinctive hooded figure and a message reading, “Our Race Is Our Nation” in New Smyrna Beach yards, WFTV 9 reported.
Resident Tim Washington told WFTV he was taken aback when the found the “hate” flier on the ground on the way to work.
The flier also featured a headline reading, “Loyal White Knights Of The KKK” along with the listing for a website and a telephone number with a North Carolina area code. The group was seen in video from an August cross-burning, WFTV reported.
“I think its shallow in this day and age,” said Washington.
Multiple members of the community called police to report the papers strewn about the neighborhood.
In a phone call from WFTV, the station asked the group why they would target a predominately black neighborhood with such a “recruiting effort.”
“Well we don’t have no way of judging where we’re putting the flyers at,” leader Robert Jones told the station. He went on to say that the group drops their flyers at night so they have no way of knowing who lives in the neighborhood.
Another member of the neighborhood, Ericka Blount, had her own message for the Klan: “Stay away from our neighborhood. We live together here. All different races.”