The “hate propaganda” was widely distributed by the Ku Klux Klan in the Gainesville and Bristow areas, police said and left on doorsteps or at the edge of driveways sometime between July 7 and 8.
The bags with the racist recruitment letters were weighted down with birdseeds. It included hate speech against African Americans and anti-Semitic language. While police believe the distribution was at random, some of the bags were found on the properties of Black families. There was even a number to contact the head of the KKK for anyone interested in learning more about the group’s mission and intention; for those who don’t already know.
“It’s quite clear that when fascists and white supremacists organize, they’re doing it with an end goal in mind, and that goal is ethnic cleansing,” Lee Carter, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who represents Manassas, told WTOP.
“The most important way to fight back is to get to know the people in your community, get organized and make it perfectly clear that those hateful ideologies will never be welcome here.”
According to police, there weren’t any imminent threats made.
Back in April, Newsweek reports that a similar occurrence happened when KKK fliers were found in the Triangle area of Prince William County, Virginia on people’s lawns. Also KKK recruitment letters and DVDs were found in the Virginia town of Colonial Beach.
A local newspaper, The Westmoreland News, seemingly added fuel to the fire by publishing a full page of the racist KKK letter along with their story. They apologized for the incident.
“In an effort to provide coverage of the literature and communicate to residents its contents, we included an image of the flyer that was distributed,” it said.
“Our intention was to alert neighbors of the threatening nature of the materials being dropped at nearby homes. We sincerely apologize for making the mistake of printing the flyer in its entirety and in no way support its message.”
The Texas-based Neo-Nazi Patriot Front, has been doing similar pamphlets drops in recent months as well.