BY EWAN PALMER
Residents in Indiana described their shock and outrage after finding Ku Klux Klan application forms outside their homes.
Racist propaganda was distributed on people’s driveways in a St. Joseph County neighborhood. The fliers, which were reported to have come from the Church of the National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, claimed to be religious materials even though they had application forms attached and were clearly seeking new KKK members.
The forms asked those wanting to join for their blood type, race, and home address, as well as confirmation that they are white, not Jewish, and that they support the segregation of races.
The letter that came with the KKK application stated its intentions are not to “threaten anyone.”
St. Joseph County resident Taylor Roberts, who was one of those who received the KKK documents, told WNDU: “I’ve lived here my entire life, almost 30 years, and I’ve never had someone personally talk to me about the KKK other than in school. So, for it to be first-hand in my driveway…it’s scary.”
Speaking to WSBT, Roberts added: “Indiana is already known to be for Ku Klux Klan. Only people know about it in history books, so having it firsthand in your driveway—it needs to be done.
“I think it’s everything—mad, sad, frustrated. I’m worried because I have three kids of my own and I don’t want them around this kind of experience.”
Paula Kane, who lives just down the road from Roberts, also said she got the KKK papers. She told WSBT that the hatred pushed by the racist group isn’t needed during already divisive times.
“We need to come together. We need to respect one another,” she said.
“It’s just so racially motivated and it’s so unkind and we all know the ramifications of what the Ku Klux Klan was years ago and I can’t imagine that anyone would want to be associated with that group still,” Kane said.
Kane added she hopes those responsible for delivering the fliers are aware of the damage they can cause.
They need to find a peaceful place in their heart. They need at this point in their life—they need to do some soul-searching.”
The St. Joseph County Police Department said that while they encourage people who had received the KKK fliers to report them, it is not against the law to hand them out.
“The distribution of the fliers does not break any laws, unless they contain some threat of harm or intimidation,” a spokesperson told WSBT.
The St. Joseph County Police Department was contacted for further comment.