KKK propaganda found in town's paper

Wednesday, October 15th 2008, 11:39 pm
By: News 9

By Colleen Chen, NEWS 9

ADA, Okla. -- Some Ada residents are angry after getting information about the Ku Klux Klan along with their daily newspaper.

The messages allegedly from the KKK have been appearing in the Ada Evening Newspaper for the past three weeks.

Jeannie Coplin has received the paper for the last 30 years.

"This is the first time we've ever experienced anything like this," Coplin said.

Recently, Coplin said she's been getting material from the Ku Klux Klan along with her daily paper.

Ada Evening News workers have fielded more than 300 calls from angered customers.

"They're mortified and so are we that our newspaper would be used in this way," Publisher Lone Beasley said.

The KKK papers included a release saying the group does not support Presidential candidate Barack Obama. It included discussion about protecting Caucasian Christians.

"This is the year 2008. We're supposed to be above things like that," Coplin said.

According to some, whoever is responsible for the ads are going to Ada recycling bins to gather papers, wrapping them with the KKK propaganda and dropping them at houses.

"This happened not only in the city of Ada, but also out in the county and even some surrounding counties," said Mark Bratcher of Ada.

While investigators are looking into hate crime charges, trespassing and littering charges are also being considered but there are no suspects.

"We need the public's help if anybody sees anything suspicious...they certainly need to report it to police," Bratcher said.

Many who received the papers have chosen to throw them away.

Newspaper managers said they are confident the documents are not coming from any of their employees or paper carriers.