MADISON, Ala. – Some Madison homeowners are outraged after the Ku Klux Klan left flyers in their driveway. The hate group is trying to encourage people to go vote in the election. The papers also ask people to join the Klan.
Several people who live in St. Charles Place neighborhood tell WHNT News 19 they found baggies full of rocks and paper in their driveway Sunday morning.
What’s inside the bag is an uncomfortable topic for many. The message said in part, “Black Lives Matter Black Panthers are telling followers to kill white people and police officers.”
Many in the neighborhood told us they were disgusted, but didn’t want to go on camera in fear of retaliation.
“This is pretty standard tactics for that particular Klan group. They’ve been [distributing flyers] all over the state. They were in Wichita last weekend. This is a pretty common practice for Loyal White Knights,” said Heidi Beirich with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Beirich tracks hate groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery.
“It breaks my hearts that people receive this kind of material, but unfortunately, this is the Klan using its First Amendment rights. So, they have every ability to do this.”
Beirich tells WHNT News 19 her agency doesn’t know of any violent situation involving the Klan.
There are eight Ku Klux Klan organizations in Alabama. Southern Poverty Law Center estimates there are up to 6,000 Klan members nationwide.
The KKK is just one group on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Map. Get a complete look.