‘Hate Group’ With Alabama Tie Stirs Controversy In Connecticut
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –Some residents in a Connecticut neighborhood were shocked at what was found inside sealed baggies that were tossed onto their driveways– flyers from a white supremacist group with ties to North Alabama.
Members of the United Klans of America, which is part of the Ku Klux Klan, confirmed they placed notes inside the bags, which are weighed down with rocks and have been left in an attempt to reassure Milford residents that they are in the area.
The notes inside the bags read:
‘NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: You can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA is awake!’
In addition to the note, there is a phone number with an Alabama area code and a website address for the UKA. WHNT News 19 contacted the number listed on the flyers. According to a man who identified himself as the Imperial Kleeper, the UKA is working to change their image and “move away from a racist Klan.”
Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate group watchdog organization located in Alabama, says the UKA is a “weak” group that has not been very active.
“The reality is most KKK groups around the country are not doing much, they put out flyers, maybe update their webpages on occasion,” Potok said. “There are maybe 5,000 total members at most across the country,” he added.
According to our sister station in Hartford, Connecticut, Milford police said the activity cannot be classified as a hate crime because the note is pitching a neighborhood watch program rather than targeting a specific group of people.