Residents in Covington, KY, woke to find Islamophobic and pro-KKK fliers on their doorsteps this week—and are condemning the “cowards” who anonymously left the pamphlets.
“If they don’t want anybody to see them while they’re leaving them, they’re cowards,” Gary Brown, who lives in Covington’s Peaselburg neighborhood, told WCPO.
“I don’t think we have any Muslims here in the neighborhood, but they’re as welcome as anybody else,” resident Tony McAllister added. “This is a multi-cultural neighborhood and everyone gets along.”
The fliers, which proclaimed “you can sleep tonight knowing the klan is awake!” were left on doorsteps sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. According to WXIX, they came in a Ziplock bag, which also included a marble and a call to be in touch with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The station reported that a neighborhood home’s surveillance camera captured what appeared to be a single man delivering the recruitment packets.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK were responsible for similar fliers left at homes in Coudersport, PA, last fall. The group offer a number of racist posters—including the “neighborhood watch” flier that appears to have been left in Covington—on their website.
“This is clearly the work of misguided racist individuals who are trying to intimidate the residents of Covington,” Cincinnati NAACP President Robert Richardson said in a statement to WLWT. “This attempt to promote racism and hate is repulsive and has no place in our neighborhoods and it’s important that we speak out and reject the hateful and divisive tactics of the cowards attempting to spread fear and intolerance.”
Speaking with Fox 19, local police said that distributing the racist fliers did not appear, in and of itself, to be against the law. But, they added, they are monitoring the situation.