KKK offers Christmas greetings

Fliers found in a Chapel Hill neighborhood's driveways express warm wishes

Staff WriterDecember 27, 2005 

Fliers from the Ku Klux Klan were placed in driveways throughout the historic Cameron-McCauley neighborhood near UNC-Chapel Hill.

Depicting a young girl and a puppy by a Christmas tree, the fliers read, "We wish the best for you and your family throughout the New Year, Merry Christmas."

The Klan's Arkansas address, phone number and Web site are listed below.

As of late Monday afternoon, the Chapel Hill Police Department had received no complaints, Sgt. Jack Terry said.

Pastor Thomas Robb, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan's national director, said his group often distributes fliers this time of year.

The group sends out flier designs to members and encourages them to print fliers up, wrap them around old newspaper sheets to add weight so they don't blow away, and leave the bundles in lawns or driveways.

That's exactly how the fliers were distributed in Chapel Hill. Some were wrapped around glossy ads. Some were wrapped around months-old News & Observer pages.

Reached Monday in Arkansas, Robb said Klan members are encouraged to drop fliers off instead of knocking on doors.

"It's better that way," he said. "Some people are very prejudiced against the Klan, and we don't want our members confronted by an irate individual."

Robb did not know about any fliers dropped off in Chapel Hill, but he wasn't surprised to hear of it.

Klan members don't necessarily notify headquarters before they distribute fliers, he said, and sometimes they're dropped off by people just passing through town.

Klan membership is "not strong" in North Carolina, he said, but added "we do have membership throughout the state."

Staff writer Patrick Winn can be reached at 932-8742 or patrick.winn@newsobserver.com.

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