KKK Starts a Neighborhood Watch

'It's not targeting any specific ethnicity,' president assures
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
This photo shows a Ku Klux Klan gathering at the Cecil County Administration Building on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Elkton, Md.   (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, William Bretzger)

(Newser) – How comforting: Residents of a Pennsylvania neighborhood found fliers on their doorsteps Friday morning with a picture of a hooded KKK member and the words, "You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!" Yes, after a number of break-ins in Fairview Township, the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan decided to start a neighborhood watch program, the Patriot-News reports. "It’s just like any neighborhood watch program," says the organization's imperial wizard and president. "It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement."

The president claims that residents had been calling the "Klanline" hotline to complain that the local police weren't doing enough to stop the break-ins, and leadership of the local chapter contacted headquarters; he then gave his blessing to start the program. "We don’t hate people," he continues. "We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good." Last year, the KKK started a similar program in Missouri, Salon reported, and at the time the organization's president assured the media that if a KKK member saw a fellow white person "up to no good," he would still intervene.

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