SUNFLOWERS, marigolds and lavender grow outside houses in Cabbagetown, a neighbourhood a mile away from the birthplace of Martin Luther King. But residents there awoke in recent days to an ugly reality: recruiting flyers for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on their cars.
The leaflets are full of catchy slogans, such as “Save our land, join the Klan”, and a number to call for more information. Some came with a mint. Similar literature has been distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Most of it seems to come from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, perhaps America’s largest chapter, based in North Carolina. Such distributions apparently happen three times a year according to Robert Jones, the group’s Imperial Klaliff. “A lot more have been joining since the immigration crisis,” he boasts.
The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 as a club that targeted African-Americans, homosexuals and Jews in the wake of the civil war. Peak membership came in 1925, when these white-hooded crusaders numbered around 4m. But the KKK continued to be a lethal force through the 1960s, and is credited with killing...Continue reading