A KKK neighborhood watch? The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has given the go ahead to a local KKK chapter in Pennsylvania to go on the watch. As far as what the bigoted group is “watching” for? They claim that they are simply serving as Joe citizen and keeping one eye peeled for those responsible for a recent string of burglaries and break-ins to hit the neighborhood.
According to the Huffington Post on April 21, the group is set to keep watch over Fairview Township, where nine vehicles were recently broken into last week near a FedEx facility off Industrial Drive. In one of the break-ins, a car's battery was ripped out and hurled through the windshield of the vehicle. At least one home was broken into as well earlier in the year. Fairview is a small town located in York County with just over 16,000 residents.
The local KKK leaders contacted the organization’s headquarters in Park Hills, Mo., who then approved the formation of a crime watch group. According to PennLive, Frank Ancona, the organization’s "Imperial Wizard" and president, gave the midstate “Klavern” his blessing. Ancona pledged cooperation with local police and investigators as they search for the culprits and keep tabs on the town's safety.
“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Ancona said. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”
Fliers were distributed in the township to residents, assuring them that the KKK is on the guard. The fliers include a depiction of a KKK member in a white robe and hood, and a note that says: “Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.” Underneath, a message reads: “Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today!” The leaflet then provides a 24-hour “Klanline” that residents can use to report incidents.
The KKK claims to be a “non-violent” and “law abiding group” composed entirely of white Christians. They further claim to have “been misunderstood for years.” From the website's "Who We Are" section:
The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a White Patriotic Christian organization that bases its roots back to the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century. We are a non-violent organization that believes in the preservation of the White race and the United States Constitution as it was originally written and will stand to protect those rights against all foreign invaders. We believe in the right to bear arms against all that threaten our home and family.
Ancona said a number of residents have used the hotline already to call and thank the KKK for being available, and to voice their opinion that their local police force is not doing enough to prevent crime in their area. According to PennLive, only Ancona would speak to reporters regarding the neighborhood watch program, because “only himself and national leadership are permitted to speak with media.”
That mandate exists to prevent others from misrepresenting the organization, Ancona said, referencing Frasier Glenn Miller, the reported former grand dragon of the Carolina Knights who allegedly shot and killed three people at a Jewish community center in Overland Park, Kan., a little more than a week ago.
Some residents have already expressed disgust that a hate group has set itself up as protectorate of the citizens. But Ancona said that members are anonymous, and could be anyone. He said residents are quick to judge the Klan, but know little about actual membership.
“Members could be the guy who is delivering your pizza. It could be law enforcement from the local sheriff’s office. It could be the nurse taking care of you in the emergency room,” Ancona said.
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