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KKK Starts Neighborhood Watch Group

“You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake,” flyers stated, prompting calls to police.

The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook

By Kara Seymour

York County, Pennsylvania – Residents of a Pennsylvania town hit by a rash of break-ins now have another problem: Their “rescuers” are members of what has been described as the oldest hate group in the United States, the Ku Klux Klan.

“You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake,” state flyers distributed throughout a section of Fairview Township, a town of about 17,000 at the crossroads of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 83.

“Are there troubles in your neighborhood?” the flyer asks. “Contact The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today.”

If the specter of whistle-bearing block captains roaming the streets dressed in (reflective?) white sheets is a cure worse than the illness, residents have little recourse. Courts have consistently recognized the KKK’s right to free speech. Police contacted by PennLive, which first reported the story, had nothing to say.

The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan launched the neighborhood watch in response to recent break-ins in the community, PennLive reported.

“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Frank Ancona, the organization’s imperial wizard and president told PennLive.

The Klan, of course, is not like any neighborhood watch program.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the KKK, while dwindling in membership to less than 10,000 in various factions, remains a hate group.

“The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous - and oldest - of American hate groups,” the center says on its website. “Although black Americans have typically been the Klan's primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”

On its website, The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan says it is an “order of the highest class for white Christian men of intelligence and character.”

The website goes on to say, “it is the duty of every Klansman to know and understand the present political situation and the unconstitutional laws that are being forced upon us.”

Meanwhile, Fairview Township in another Pennsylvania county, Erie, is making it very clear the KKK watch group is not in its community.

“There are articles circulating the internet about the KKK leading a neighborhood watch on Ridge Road in Fairview Township.  It is NOT Erie County's Fairview Township!!!!! It is Fairview Township in YORK COUNTY,” a member of the Erie County community posted to its website.

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Paul Improta April 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM
TJ Eckleberg, When it comes to LBJ you are not correct. His whole scheme with the "Great Society" was to create from blacks a permanent underclass - black and white - that would be dependent on the federal government. Johnson reluctantly signed the 1964 Civil Rights Bill not because he'd lose Dems, but because he was against it. Dixiecrat history is also wrong. All one needs to do is some rudimentary research and you will find that former Grand Cyclops of the KKK and former Senate Majority Leader under Clinton, Robert Byrd remained a lifelong Democrat, as did Al Gore, Sr. as did William Fulbright, as did Ernest "Fritz" Hollings. In regard to the "Great Society" scheme, LBJ famously stated to two southern governors "I'll have those N*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years". You know what? He was right.
Paul Improta April 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Roberto - I shouldn't even waste my breath because all you do in your post is call names, but you prove you are also an imbecile. My life isn't shitty, it's fabulous, and I blame no one but myself for that. I'd be happier if I wasn't seen by the losers of this nation as their Christmas Goose who's carcass should be plucked for my hard income so as to recharge their monthly EBT Card. As for Charles Barkley, he stated "Poor people have been voting Democratic for 50 years and they're still poor". Drunk or not, he's rich and you are not, he's right and you are not, so STFU.
Pat Kittle May 08, 2014 at 10:22 PM
The "Southern Poverty Law Center" is so corrupt it's been debunked by the political right AND left -- and THAT is corrupt! If the KKK stops the local crime epidemic they'll be doing what the police obviously can't. And if the "SPLC" does anything at all about the crime, it'll be to defend the crooks.
John Moore May 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Say what you will about the SPLC, they have succeeded at bankrupting white supremacy groups around the nation, where no other efforts to put them out business as usual had succeeded. One of which was in York County, PA. Keep up the good work SPLC! In towns where black people make up a small minority or a politically disenfranchised group, they need to be able to go about their daily business without the fear of harassment from white supremacy groups. Whatever has been done politically to assist those of us in this country descended from slaves, has not generally been solely motivated by sentiments of sympathy, empathy or concern for the well being & rights of black people. From Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln to Harry Truman & Bill Clinton, the interests of black Americans have always been weighed against the interests of the political party & the interests of the nation, as viewed by the respective Party. As for the Klan, they comprise enough of law enforcement agencies that any citizen's militia group will probably consist of guys like the police commissioner in New Hampshire, on their days off duty - just can't get enough of it while on duty, gotta take work home with them! In most small towns there are a sufficient number of white miscreants, unemployed high school drop outs & crank addicted low life's with baby's that need diapers & formula to keep the police & Klan volunteers busy, day & night.
Steven Spiegel May 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I suppose ignorance has a place in all groups . I was raised to not like Black People by my older Family Members as a child and it worked for quite sometime until I was old enough to leave the nest . I then noticed that white people can also be dirty rotten people also . I have come to believe that we all should be created equal because God did not not make junk . The only problem I have know days is the way that the government allows special college funds for on certain race such as the United Negro college fund and they allow them to print news papers to target the black race . If we were to have a United Caucasian college fund it would cause a up roar if they refused to help Black youth . I have no problem with Black people they are just as American as anyone else I just believe in order to reach the goals of Martin Luther King I believe we should have a United American College fund that targets poor Americans wanting a decent education after the high school years . Also I never understood why we need to tell our race on a job application that to me is racist within it self. Leave that out and go with the qualifications in order to determine the right person for the job .

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