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KKK promotional literature found in Manhattan

This flyer was left driveway Manhattan's Century East neighborhood Sunday. It was folded sandwich bag with rock.  |

This flyer was left on a driveway in Manhattan's Century East neighborhood Sunday. It was folded in a sandwich bag with a rock. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 9, 2014 6:13AM



The Ku Klux Klan apparently was recruiting Sunday in Manhattan’s Century East neighborhood, as at least two people were seen going door to door and flyers promoting Klan membership were left in driveways of people who weren’t home.

Similar distributions of solicitation flyers were reported in New Lenox in October and Tinley Park in December.

“Save our land join the Klan,” was the message on an 81/2-inch-by-51/2-inch white sheet of paper. “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Asked about any known KKK activity in the village, Manhattan police Chief Harold Martin said there was “none whatsoever.” The police department did not receive any calls Sunday night.

Mayor Jamie Doyle said the KKK is not welcome in town.

“We don’t want hate groups in Manhattan,” he said.

A resident who asked to be identified only as John said this was the second time he received the KKK recruitment literature. The first was several months ago. On Sunday, the flyer was folded neatly inside a zipped sandwich bag, also with a rock.

John said he wasn’t fazed by the unsolicited flyer because he used to live in Chicago, and crime is a more serious concern than propaganda.

“There’s no trouble out here like in Chicago,” he said, pointing to the bag he left on his lawn. “That ain’t nothing.”

The flyer lists a website, a North Carolina post office box address and a phone number. The number, with a 336 area code, connects callers to a Klan hot line with a recorded message.



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