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Chesterfield residents receive KKK fliers

Police say materials have been reported in several neighborhoods

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At least one Chesterfield County resident is upset that Ku Klux Klan decided to toss a flier on her driveway while her family slept.

“It’s the same old nonsense,” said Marion L. Bines. “I thought this stuff was extinct by now. I didn’t think people were still going around with this ignorance.”

The flier, a small sheet of paper with the number for a hotline, an email address and two websites, began showing up in people’s driveways and yards this week.

The Ku Klux Klan papered several Chesterfield County neighborhoods this week with fliers proclaiming it is nonviolent, not a hate group and not “enemies of the colored and mongrel races.”

According to Chesterfield police spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon, police received reports of the fliers in the Bexley, Chester Grove, Longmeadow and Kendale Acres subdivisions.

“The thing that really gets me is that (people are) saying we’re teaching our children to hate people just because of their race, creed and color, and that’s a complete lie and falsehood,” said Frank Ancona, president and imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Ancona, who is based in Missouri, says the group has been dealt a bad hand by the media and the Union government after the Civil War. He said that it’s actually a fraternal organization that has specific values, including preserving the constitution as written and traditional Christian beliefs.

But at least one Chesterfield resident who got the flier isn’t buying that.

Ancona said he doesn’t know who put out the fliers or how many members are in Chesterfield. The organization’s website has a dozen fliers that members can print up and hand out in areas they believe are ripe for recruitment, he said.

One of those fliers says “many people have experienced the blacks firsthand” and have seen the “savagery and animalism in many of these people.”

The flier that went to Chesterfield residents says the organization’s mission is “exalting the Caucasian race and teaching the doctrine of white supremacy.”

“That does not mean that we are enemies of the colored and mongrel race, but it does mean that we are organized to establish the solidarity and to realize the mission of the white race,” that flier reads.

Ancona said some misconceptions come from the fact that the organization is open exclusively to white, native-born Christians and that it has rituals and ceremonies that mysterious because they are known only to Klan members.

“The secret is not that we have this plot or anything ... we’ve gotten this bad reputation,” Ancona said.

Bines, an African-American, found the flier in her driveway and had a laugh with family.

“I don’t care about how they feel about me being here. I’m here and they can’t do anything about it,” she said.

She wonders, if the kinder-gentler Klan that Ancona describes is real, why members would deliver the fliers in the dead of night.

“I think it’s a ... disgrace,” Bines said. “It’s too bad we didn’t see the person who actually threw it. I would have probably cussed him out and given him a few choice New York words.”

LLLovio@timesdispatch.com (804) 649-6348 Twitter: @LouisLLovio

The Ku Klux Klan papered several Chesterfield County neighborhoods

this week with fliers proclaiming

it is nonviolent, not a hate

group and not ‘enemies of

the colored and mongrel races.’

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