TALLASSEE, Ala. — An organization affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan has been leaving recruitment leaflets and some residents aren’t happy. Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan confirmed Tuesday that the fliers were from a local chapter of the national organization based in Potosi, Mo. Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers said he began receiving complaints Sunday about recruitment packages — a Ziploc bag containing rocks and a flier — left in people’s front yards.Rodgers and his officers spent the majority of Monday scouring neighborhoods of this city of about 5,000 residents 30 miles northeast of Montgomery, Ala., and removing the packages from yards. About 150 were collected, he said.
Mark Potok, senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said activities of this type have been going on in various states recently. Among them:
• In Alabama, the United Klans of America in June distributed fliers in plastic bags weighted with rocks to
residents of Oxford, Saks and Wellborn.
• In Florida, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan tossed fliers wrapped in plastic along with a few pieces of candy in
front yards in rural Lake Butler.
• In Pennsylvania, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers in April in Fairview
Township north of York. Another Klan group, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, hung fliers on trees and
windshields the same month in Canonsburg, a town of 9,000 about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
• In Tennessee, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers in June in
Hendersonville, a Nashville suburb better known as the former home of country music star Johnnie Cash than a
• In Virginia, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers in March in four
subdivisions of Chesterfield, south of Richmond and put out more fliers in a different subdivision in the county of more than 300,000 on Wednesday.”This is their latest effort to recruit and get attention,” Potok said. At least a half dozen other Klan groups operate in Alabama, according to his organization’s data.Potok said the Klan formed in December 1865 and is growing in numbers.”It’s always concerning to hear about these activities” he said. His organization estimates that Klan factions have 50,000 to 80,000 members in the USA.City Councilman Charles Blalock said the bottom line is for Tallassee residents to stay calm and ignore the message.”There might be someone out there trying to stir up trouble here, but we are strong-willed people in this town, and
we’re not going to let something like this upset us or cause any problems between the race relationships that we have,” Blalock said.Police chief Rogers said the Constitution protects those views absent any violence or other hateful actions. So the only charge residents can pursue against those who distributed the fliers is criminal littering.
SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
The first 19 Africans arrived ashore near the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, brought by Dutch traders who had seized them from a captured Spanish slave ship. The Spanish usually baptized slaves in Africa before embarking them. SLAVERY WAS THE PRACTICE OF ONE PERSON BUYING ANOTHER PERSON OR INHERITING ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL ETC. AFTER-WHICH THAT PERSON WAS UNDER THEIR CONTROL AND HAD TO DO WHAT THEIR “MASTER”, OR OWNER TOLD THEM TO DO. USUALLY THESE CONDITIONS ARE ENFORCED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT. SLAVES WERE BROUGHT FROM WEST AFRICA TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE 16OO’S AND THEREAFTER, TO WORK ON FARMS AND PLANTATIONS. SLAVERY HAD EXISTED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE THIS AND STILL EXISTS TODAY. MAINLY, WHITE PEOPLE OWNED BLACK SLAVES BUT THERE WERE BLACK SLAVE OWNERS. BLACK PEOPLE WERE SOLD BY THEIR OWN BLACK PEOPLE WHO ROUNDED THEM UP AND MADE A PROFIT SELLING THEM TO WHITES. THEY WERE CHAINED AND TRANSPORTED STACKED LIKE SPOONS IN HUGE SHIPS; MANY DIED ON THE WAY AND WERE THROWN OVER TO BE EATEN BY SHARKS. WHEN THEY GOT HERE THEY WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION. THEY WERE STOOD ON A LARGE BLOCK AND WERE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. SLAVES DID NOT HAVE MANY RIGHTS AND THEIR MASTER WAS ALLOWED TO BEAT AND WHIP THEM AND EVEN KILL THEM. SOME EARNED THEIR FREEDOM, AND WHEN FREE COULD BUY THEIR OWN BLACK SLAVES. THEY WERE FORBIDDEN FROM LEARNING TO READ BUT SOME DID ANYWAY. SOME WERE “HOUSE SLAVES” AND SOME WERE “FIELD”. THE LIGHTER SKINNED WERE HOUSE. NOT ALL SLAVES WERE TREATED BADLY AND SOME WERE TREATED VERY WELL INDEED BY THEIR RICH OWNERS AND HAD A GOOD LIFE. SOMETIMES SLAVES REVOLTED AND KILLED THEIR OWNERS. MAINLY SLAVES WORKED PICKING COTTON AND ALSO TOBACCO. AFTER A WHILE MANY PEOPLE STARTED THINKING SLAVERY WAS WRONG SO THEY STARTED MAKING PLANS TO END IT. LINCOLN HAD PLANNED TO FREE THE SLAVES AND THEN REPATRIATE THEM TO AFRICA BUT HE WAS KILLED BEFORE THAT COULD HAPPEN. THE COUNTRY DIVIDED AND FOUGHT THE CIVIL WAR, AFTER WHICH SLAVERY WAS ENDED IN 1865, ALMOST 150 YEARS AGO. EVEN THOUGH SLAVERY ENDED ALMOST 150 YEARS AGO IT HAS TURNED INTO A CRUTCH AND AN EXCUSE FOR FAILURE FOR A LARGE PROPORTION OF BLACK AMERICANS. THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY HAS ALSO TURNED INTO A MAJOR INCOME SOURCE FOR (CERTAIN PEOPLE) WHO USE IT AS A GRIEVANCE INDUSTRY. THEY MAKE MONEY BY APPEALING TO WEAK BLACK PEOPLE BY GIVING THEM AN EXCUSE FOR THEIR FAILURE IN THEIR MISERABLE LIVES. THEY MAKE MONEY REINFORCING THE POOR ATTITUDES OF MANY BLACKS WHO COMPLAIN THAT THE WORLD IS UNFAIR TO THEM AND THAT EVERYBODY IS AGAINST THEM. THIS WAY WHEN THEY LOOK AT THEIR FAILURE OF A LIFE THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BLAME THEMSELVES, THEY HAVE A SCAPEGOAT – THE WHITE MAN. WHEN FACED WITH THE REALITY THAT THEY COULD NOT SUCCEED EVEN AFTER 150 YEARS, THEY CANNOT COPE AND THEIR LOW SELF – IMAGE AND LOW SELF – ESTEEM LEAVES THEM GRASPING FOR SOMEONE TO BLAME. THEY HAVE EVEN INVENTED A FAUX DISORDER; PTSD, “POST TRAUMATIC SLAVERY DISORDER”. SLAVERY ALSO GIVES THEM AN EXCUSE TO ACT OUT VIOLENTLY AND CRIMINALLY TOWARD OTHER RACES. THIS ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOR HAS COME TO LARGELY DEFINE THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND “BLACK CULTURE”. IT ALSO GIVES MANY WEAK MINDED AND WEAK SPIRITED WHITE PEOPLE WHO TEND TOWARD A MASOCHISTIC PSYCHOLOGICAL MAKEUP, A REASON TO BEAT THEMSELVES UP AND TO ACT OUT THEIR SUBMISSIVE TENDENCIES BY PRETENDING TO CHAMPION “BLACK CAUSES” AND ISSUES, WHEN IN REALITY THEY ACTUALLY FEEL SUPERIOR TO BLACK PEOPLE AND THIS FACT IS NOT LOST AMONG BLACKS WHO PRIVATELY DESPISE THEM. THE BLACK MAN IN THE UNITED STATES SEEMS TO STRIVE TO LIVE UP TO A STEREOTYPE OF HIMSELF AND WILL ATTEMPT TO SUBVERT MEMBERS OF HIS COMMUNITY WHO OUTWARDLY SHOW ANY WILL TO SUCCEED IN ACADEMIA OR BUSINESS BY LABELING HIM AN “UNCLE TOM” OR SAYING THAT HE IS “ACTING WHITE”. IN THIS WAY THE BLACK MAN FEELS THAT HE IS PLEASING HIS WHITE MASTER WHOM HE SUBCONSCIOUSLY FEARS. THE STORY OF THE BLACK MAN IN THE UNITED STATES WILL END IN NOTHING BUT TRAGEDY AS THEIR COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO SPIRAL DOWNWARD, DESCENDING INTO THE MAELSTROM – EVER FALLING FURTHER INTO THE ABYSS. MORE AMERICAN BLACKS CONTINUE TO DIE BY VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES THAN THE NUMBER OF MEN KILLED DURING THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. LAST YEAR ALONE IN ONE U.S. CITY, CHICAGO, OVER 500 BLACKS WERE MURDERED. THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THE AMERICAN BLACK AND THEIR LOT GETS WORSE AND WORSE EVERY YEAR. EVEN WITH A PRESIDENT WHOM THEY IDENTIFY AS BLACK – EVEN THOUGH HE IS MULATTO – (THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES) – THEIR SITUATION AND FORTUNES BECOME INCREASINGLY DIRE. BECAUSE THEY HAVE EMBRACED A MASS PSYCHOLOGY OF SELF – HATRED AND FAILURE THEY REPRESS AND OSTRACIZE ANY MEMBER OF THEIR COMMUNITY WHO ATTEMPTS TO ADVANCE IN AN AREA OTHER THAN SPORTS OR THE RAP MUSIC INDUSTRY. AS THEIR FRUSTRATION INCREASES SO THEIR VIOLENCE AND HATRED FOR THE LARGER COMMUNITY INCREASES AS WITNESSED BY THE GROWING NUMBER OF MOB ATTACKS ON LONE, ELDERLY, OR OTHERWISE DEFENSELESS WHITES; LOOTINGS, FLASHMOB RIOTS, WILDINGS, AND KNOCKOUT ASSAULTS ON NON – BLACKS. DUE TO THEIR FEAR AND SHAME ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR DEPENDENCE ON THE MONIES AND LARGESS OF THE GREATER WHITE POPULATION, THEY ACT OUT VIOLENTLY TOWARD THE PEOPLE UPON WHOM THEY DEPEND LIKE A PRETEEN THREATENING HER PARENTS THAT SHE WILL RUN AWAY FROM HOME. BECAUSE THEY NEVER DEVELOPED THE SELF – CONFIDENCE TO BELIEVE THAT THEY COULD SURVIVE WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE WHITE MAN, THEY ARE LEFT SEETHING WITH RAGE AND VIOLENCE, TRAPPED IN THE STRAIGHT JACKET OF THEIR OWN FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY. BY WRITING BRUTAL RAP LYRICS THEY DISPLAY A FRONT OF COURAGE AND BOLDNESS WHICH IS BUT A THIN VENEER THAT DOES NOT VEIL THEIR TRUE SELF IMAGE. AS THEIR COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO DECAY; AS THEY IMPLODE AT AN EVER ESCALATING RATE, THE WORLD WATCHES IN DISBELIEF AS THEY SPIRAL TOWARD EXTINCTION.