At the height of racial tension in St. Louis and Jefferson County following the deaths of young black men at the hands of white law enforcement, fliers promoting the Klu Klux Klan are popping up in residents’ driveways.
Residents living in two neighborhoods in High Ridge said they walked out of their homes Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to find the fliers, wrapped in plastic and weighed down by rocks, in their yards and driveways.
The fliers reportedly carried the message: “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”
But those living in areas littered with KKK fliers want to make sure the group knows they are not here for racist propaganda.
After seeing the flier, Sharon Whoerle says she didn’t sleep at all.
“I thought about it all night when I laid awake and I was like, this is just ridiculous,” Whoerle said.
Kris Samson says he scoured the complex ridding it of every flier he could find.
“With all the racial tension there is right now in St. Louis, the last thing we need is hateful people who claim to be racially superior to somebody else,” Samson said.
That was the same belief just up the street, where Jeremy Jackson found a flier where his morning people should be. He says he put the flier right where it belongs.
“In the trash it went, and went on with my day,” Jackson said.
Although many of the fliers have been trashed, for many, the anger and fear remains.
“I’ve never felt unsafe here, and now I do,” Whoerle said. “We have to remember that we’re all human and that we all love one another. And this does not promote love,” Samson said.
Police were called after the discovery of the fliers, but said they aren’t promoting a criminal threat and therefore, are allowed to be distributed.
Land of the free, we guess.
SOURCE: KSDK | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty