Ku Klux Klan on new recruitment drive with leaflet drop in towns across America
Residents wake up to find fliers declaring “The KKK wants you” as hatred of Obama and immigration fuels rise in white supremacy
Kevin Benton, a spokesman for the Rhome sheriff’s office, said the town had not seen anything like it since the 1990s and while the leaflets were not illegal, they caused concern.
“You wish it was something from the past, that you hoped everyone had gotten beyond that,” said Mr Benton.
On the contrary, the Ku Klux Klan is enjoying a resurgence.
In a report earlier last year the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a US civil rights research and campaign group, found that there were 1,360 right-wing, self-styled patriot groups in the US and, in addition, around 1,000 specific hate groups - a rise in total of more than 800 percent in the number of such groups since 2008, when Mr Obama was elected.
The US does not have British-style laws declaring that certain speech or activity constitutes illegal incitement to racial hatred. Without evidence of plots to do harm the Ku Klux Klan is permitted and not officially a terrorist organisation.