Some residents in Bentonville, Arkansas, woke up to recruitment letters from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on Friday morning.
KNWA reports that the letter encouraged white Christian people to openly oppose liberal politicians and homosexuals. It then refers people to its website, where it says the group is “apologetically committed to the interests and values of the white race.” The letter left many residents feeling uneasy. Don Long, a resident who received the letter, notes that he was taken back 50 years when he saw the letter.
“That’s gotta start your morning off horrible, right? You walk out and you got a KKK letter on your lawn. That takes us back 50 years.”
Those in the neighborhood say the letters came in a pink newspaper bag that was weighted down with rocks.
The letter spoke to the fact that the media would try to tell you that the Ku Klux Klan is “dead, gone and irrelevant.” However, the clan assures its members or potential recruits that there is a place for the Klan in society. Though the Ku Klux Klan is aimed mostly towards white men, it seems this specific letter distributed in Arkansas was geared towards women. The letter started with a statement specifically speaking to “ladies.”
“Attention, ladies of America. Are you tired of the following:”
The letter then goes on to list out some of the things that the Klan is opposed to, such as “non-Christian teaching” and “absence of voluntary prayer in schools.” It also speaks to drug dealers attempting to make addicts of children, pedophiles in the justice system, politicians “turning their backs on true family values,” and the destruction of traditional marriage and “promotion of gay civil unions.”
The Klan does note that it is for white men and women, but that they will not use their “good name” as a tool of intimidation against people of other races, religions, or color. They say they are not a hate group, but rather a group looking to ensure that the American people are not robbed of their rights.
If you visit the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan website, you can learn more about the group’s beliefs. They note that their man goal as an organization is to ensure the spirit of the Klan lives on.
“The Spirit of the Ku Klux Klan lives on. Manly men must join in fraternal brotherhood and rise to the occasion to achieve the highest and noblest defense of our county, our homes, and The White Race.”
This isn’t the first Ku Klux Klan recruitment spree. At the end of August, the group was recruiting in Hampton Bays, New York.
What do you think of the modern-day Ku Klux Klan recruitment program?
[Image Credit: Klan Website]