With much of America being riveted by the scenes of abandoned children left, defenseless, on this side of the border, an old dragon has reared its head to take full advantage of the situation. The Campus Lately is reporting today that the residents in one Seneca, SC, neighborhood awoke Sunday morning to find that the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) fairy had visited during the night and left bags of sweets in their driveways.
The small plastic bags contained peppermints and other candies, as well as a pamphlet bearing the title “Save Our Land Join The Klan”. Robert Jones, the Imperial Klaliff of a local sect called the Loyal White Knights said that the event was part of a scheduled recruitment drop that many KKK chapters participate in three times a year. He said all of the immigration hoopla underscores the need to protect our country and that all of the hype over illegal immigration is doing “all of our recruiting for us.” He claims to have received over 20,000 interested calls as a result of this weekend’s drive-by goody bag drops.
According to Fox News, the number on the pamphlet led to a voicemail recording with statements like "Be a man join the Klan! Illegal immigration is destroying America. Always remember if it ain't white, it ain't right. White power." Jones said the KKK “is not a hate group, but a civil rights group following the bible.” He said their main focus right now is stopping illegal immigration.
It just so happens that the subdivision where the literature bombing took place is a mixed neighborhood with all races and ethnicities represented. In response to how some of the minorities might have been offended by these bags, Jones said “we can't tell who lives in a house, whether they're black, white, Mexican, gay, we can't tell that. And if you were to look at somebody's house like that, that means you'd be pretty much a racist.” They would never want anyone to accuse the KKK of racism.
To try to combat this surge of Klan activity, including an upcoming KKK rally planned in late July, various groups in Greenville are planning a Unity Rally Against Hatred on July 26 at the Hughes Main Library. Lecia Brooks from the Southern Poverty Law Center will be the keynote speaker.
In the meantime it is hoped that the KKK will soon go back to being just a funny “white power” skit on the Dave Chappelle show. The episode captured the essence of the ridiculousness of groups like the Klan by featuring Chappelle as a blind black man fervently pushing white power and white supremacy because he had no idea that he was black. Ironically the Klan too is blind in so many ways. Sweet candies in bags do not mask the bitterness of the message.