COVINGTON, Ga. (TheBlaze/AP) — Residents of a Covington, Ga., neighborhood were in for a surprise this morning when they found fliers encouraging them to join the Ku Klux Klan; the leaflets were placed at the end of their driveways. Sheriff’s officials in the Atlanta area are investigating whether any laws were broken when the KKK invites were placed outside homes.
Newton County sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Morrison says the fliers are being reviewed to make sure they don’t contain any inappropriate information or threats. The Newton Citizen reports that the fliers included a drawing of a robed klansman standing in front of a tree with writing that said, “Join the KKK – Loyal White Knights.”
CBS Atlanta reports that police collected more than 30 of the fliers that were folded and packed into plastic sandwich bags and tossed at the end of driveways in the Covington area. Covington is about 35 miles southeast of Atlanta.
A man claiming to be a Imperial Wizard told the outlet that the Covington neighborhood was just one of many between New York and Florida that received the messages encouraging residents to join the KKK. CBS Atlanta reached the individual, who goes by the name Chris Barker, after they called a North Carolina-based phone number that was present on the document.
While clearly not content that they were targeted for recruitment, neighbors had some intriguing reactions. Abdul-Mateen, for one, seemed mildly annoyed.
“They need to get a life, I mean really,” Abdul-Mateen said of the KKK. “I’m hoping it had nothing to do with President Barack Obama being re-elected.”
Wendy Lozynski, another neighbor, noted that the situation is “embarrassing.” She highlighted that she has taught her kids “not to hate” and expressed surprise at the KKK’s tactics.
Watch below for more on this story from CBS Atlanta: