KKK Recruits In Small Town Oklahoma

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 11:49 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

Residents in Paden, Boley, Okemah and Prague woke up Wednesday morning to find flyers from the Ku Klux Klan on their front yards.

"I assumed it was mail," said Lorna Davis, who first saw the flyer on the step of her job. "When I pick it up and see Klan written on it I was like ‘Oh, my goodness.'"

The fliers appear to be recruitment fliers listing "Twenty reasons why you (if qualified) should join, aid and support the United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."

"I'm just plain offended by it," said Davis.

Just miles up the street in Boley, a town that's historically African American, Micelea Mitchell's mother was the first to read the flier that arrived on their doorstep.

"She was like yea, she got a little upset about it," said Mitchell.

"We are not a hate group," argues one of the members of the group that distributed the fliers.

He says they are not the violent KKK of the past and that's one of the messages they were trying to get out.

"It gives them an idea of what we're about and lets like-minded people know that they're not alone."

He says the group also wanted people to know the KKK is still around. They never intended to offend anyone.

"Obviously, some people do get offended. Like I said, that's not our purpose. We do apologize for that."

But Davis says that is not what she wants to find on her property and even called the Klan to let them know.

"To be racist is one thing. To be idiots, is another and these are racist idiots," she said.

The group says it picked those towns because people there contacted KKK members saying they needed to make their presence known out there.

The Okfuskee County Sheriff is investigating to see if there is anything criminal about the act.