We’ve Got Candy: KKK Hands Out Sweets To Recruit New Members

Ku Klux Klan Holds Annual Gathering In Tennessee

Residents of Oconee County in northwestern South Carolina got quite the surprise when they discovered bags of candy with invitations to join the Ku Klux Klan on their street.

The invitation read: “Save Our Land, Join the Klan” and had a contact number on it, which led to an automated message about KKK’s efforts against illegal immigration. The message said:

Be a man join the Klan! Illegal immigration is destroying America. It’s going to cost the American taxpayer over $113 billion dollars a year. They also bring along with them third-world diseases that haven’t been in the United States since the 1920s, like leprosy, which is spreading through New York … These [racial slur] are already criminals when they cross our borders illegally. It’s time for forced immigration law and send them back! And put troops on our borders with a shoot-to-kill policy. … Always remember if it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White power! [source]

Robert Jones, the imperial klaliff of the Loyal White Knights, explained that this effort was part of a recruiting event that happens three times per year.

Bo Morris, an Oconee County resident, said he found the fliers and bags of candy “unacceptable” in his neighborhood. Many residents in the area are now afraid that the KKK is recruiting. One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said:

“[I] talked to several neighbors. They were very angry, very upset, very ashamed at the same time – that this exists. Ashamed to face our neighbors that do not have the same color skin that we do.”  [source]

Last year, the KKK used a similar tactic to recruit new members by handing out candy canes. In the beginning of the year, fliers were placed in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Florida. A few months later, the Traditionalist American Knights placed candy canes and fliers on driveways in a Chicago neighborhood. The fliers said “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”