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GORE The Ku Klux Klan has been sending flyers to Frederick County residents in an attempt to recruit members.
On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Parishville Road resident in western Frederick County who found a clear plastic sandwich bag in a driveway. The bag contained birdseed and a flyer that said “JOIN THE KU KLUX KLAN,” with contact information for the KKK.
Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland confirmed KKK flyers were placed on multiple Parishville Road driveways, and he heard there may have been more on nearby Hollow Road. He said birdseed was put in the bags to keep them from blowing away.
This is not the first time KKK flyers have been distributed in the county, according to Millholland. He said some residents more than a year ago reported receiving recruitment flyers in the same manner.
The KKK is classified as a hate group by the Anti Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Robert Jones, grand dragon for the North Carolina chapter of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, confirmed in a telephone interview Tuesday that KKK members are responsible for the flyers. He said if someone calls the hotline number on the flyers, the KKK will send a member to meet with the person, and then the person would join the regular KKK meetings.
KKK members are located throughout Virginia, according to Jones, but he said the KKK would not reveal membership numbers or the locations of its meetings.
Jones said the KKK is against race mixing and cited Genesis 11 from the Bible as justification. He blames most crimes on people of color and said white families are moving into safer neighborhoods.
“Hopefully one day we’ll have our own white homeland,” Jones said. “I guess we are tiring of all of the other races. We’ve got the Mexicans coming in here from South America, Muslims. If they would just give white Americans just a part of the United States, let’s say take a section like Idaho, and just give us two or three states to ourselves, about a majority of Americans would move out there just to get away from these crime ridden cities.”
He said this “white homeland” would swiftly become a world power.
“If you look at the control the blacks have in Detroit, Michigan, over there, they can’t even get the water supply right over there because they’ve never built a modern civilization before,” Jones said. “Look to the white men, and nothing would be as easy as it is today. We built modern medicine, planes, we built the ships and sails all around the world. . Our race pretty much took the weight of every other race on its back.”
Jones also said he supports either killing or sterilizing gay people, claiming they have “a sick perversion.”
One Parishville Road resident, who asked that her name be withheld for her safety, said she was jogging when she noticed what appeared to be trash in the driveways of several homes. She said she counted 11 plastic bags with birdseed in them on Parishville Road, but noted some of the other homeowners may have already removed the bags.
At first, the woman said she was frustrated by the littering. But she became upset for a different reason when she saw a piece of paper that said, “Join the Ku Klux Klan.”
“I was like, ‘What the heck is this?’ So I opened one,” she said. “I was offended and I was disgusted. I am tired of people being angry. I’m tired of the hate.”
Millholland said anyone with information about who distributed the flyers should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 540 662 6162 or Crime Solvers at 540 665 8477.
Jones claims the KKK tries to stay within the law. Millholland said while it is illegal to litter, the KKK is protected by free speech and law enforcement can’t intervene unless there is a threat of violence.
Jones said the KKK was peacefully rallying with white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville last month and blamed the violence that erupted there on counter protesters. The violence climaxed when 32 year old counter protester Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured when a vehicle crashed into the crowd. White supremacist and Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged with second degree murder in Heyer’s death.
The Charlottesville rally centered around the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.
Commenting on the situation, Jones claimed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was a communist and a deviant who would beat up white prostitutes he refused to pay.
“Why do we have this man’s monuments up when we are going to remove an actually good piece of American history?” Jones said.
Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper said there haven’t been written reports of KKK flyers being distributed recently in Clarke County, but also said “sometimes the sheriff is the last one to know.” He said KKK flyers were found on cars in parking lots in Clarke County a couple of years ago.
Winchester police public information officer Caitlin Squires said city police have not received any recent calls about KKK recruitment flyers. While the police can’t stop the KKK from recruiting members, she said officers can step in if the KKK incites violence or threatens violence.
The Southern Poverty Law Center a legal firm based in Montgomery, Ala., dedicated to pursuing crimes of racial prejudice keeps a list of active KKK groups in the country. It said as of 2016, there were 130 KKK groups.
The site lists Loyal White Knights chapters in Danville and Richmond, but not Winchester. The center estimates there are between 5,000 and 8,000 KKK members throughout the country.