Ku Klux Klan leaving flyers at homes, will target Carroll County next, leaders say
A faction of the Ku Klux Klan plans to begin recruiting members from Carroll County this month, Klan officials said.
The Virginia-based group, dubbed the Imperial White Knights, is one of scores of groups throughout the country claiming the mantle of the Klan.
The White Knights’ Imperial Wizard, Chuck Harless, estimated there were about 240 White Night Klansmen throughout the nation. However, he said they were beginning an aggressive recruitment campaign to increase that number.
The organization has already begun recruiting in nearby Harrison and rural Boone County. There, Klansmen passed out some 300 flyers last Saturday night, alarming residents and city leaders alike.
The flyers featured an image of a hooded Klansman, pointing in Uncle Sam fashion at the viewer.
They read, “Neighborhood Watch: Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Call the Imperial White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today!” and listed the imperial wizard’s contact information.
Patti Methvin, who leads the Harrison Race Relations Task Force, called the flyers “horrible.”
“It’s not something we’re used to having happen over here,” she said.