The Ku Klux Klan has been distributing neighborhood-watch fliers in Springfield, Mo., in an effort to recruit potential members, according to KY3 News. Residents woke last week to find recruitment fliers from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in their yards, Salon reports.
The flier, which features an array of bold text in different fonts and sizes, attempts to convince intrepid young Springfielders (Springfieldites? Springfieldians?) to join their neighborhood watch program. “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!” it promises.
Naturally, many Springfield residents did not sleep better knowing that wild-eyed, hooded bigots were trolling the neighborhood at all hours, and immediately contacted local news station KY3 News, who called the number listed on the flier. While Klan representative Frank Ancona said he didn’t know whether the fliers were distributed as part of an organized effort by the group (as opposed to, y’know, invisible, magical racist elves), he did say that the neighborhood watch program was not racist, and that if a Springfield resident reported seeing a white guy “up to no good” the Klan would also intervene.