KKK fliers found in Mandeville subdivision driveways
MANDEVILLE - Several residents in the Hidden Pines subdivision of Mandeville reported finding plastic bags containing a rock or candy along with promotional fliers for the Ku Klux Klan in their driveways last weekend.
Claiming to be from the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, the fliers contained racist and anti-gay messages and provided a website address and phone number, according to WWL-TV. When the number is dialed, an automated message plays that says "Save our land, join the klan, white power". The phone number and website connect the fliers to what appears to be a KKK chapter based in North Carolina.
Fliers like the ones found by Mandeville residents last Saturday have been popping up across the country all summer. Some reports indicate the organization behind them says the fliers are all part of recruiting effort. In nearby Pearl River, similar fliers were found on windshields back in June, but WWL-TV says an official report was never filed.
On Monday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office began their investigation of the weekend discovery.
"There's no doubt they're trying to deliver a hateful message, and we take it very serious," said STPSO Sheriff Jack Strain, "But at this point, we have to talk to our victim. We have to determine a lot of things including how it got there, when it got there, when she discovered it."
Residents of the neighborhood strongly expressed their disinterest in the message contained within the fliers, and many said they found the propaganda not only hurtful but offensive.
WWL-TV says the local FBI office is monitoring the situation for possible federal violations. Attempts to reach the KKK group for comment have been unsuccessful.
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