ATLANTA (WXIA) – Fliers from a group claiming to be the Ku Klux Klan appeared over the weekend in Cabbagetown neighborhood.
The fliers, which feature the legend "Loyal White Knights Neighborhood Watch" and a graphic showing a hooded klansman pointing in an Uncle Sam-like pose with the caption "The KKK Wants You," were posted to walls and telephone poles in the Cabbagetown area.
The signs were ripped down shortly after they were posted.
The fliers were very similar to fliers distributed in several Alabama towns last month. Those handouts also included the "KKK Wants You" graphic. Both fliers included a web address and telephone number where interested parties would be able to find additional information.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, activities of this type have been going on in a number of states across the nation lately.
In March, in Virginia, fliers were distributed in four subdivisions in Chesterfield, south of Richmond. Last month, in Tennessee, a group distributed fliers in the suburban Nashville community of Hendersonville. Two different groups distributed fliers in Pennsylvania during the spring months, one southwest of Pittsburgh, and another north of York. In Florida, fliers were distributed in front yards of homes near Lake Butler. In Alabama, residents received fliers in Oxford, Saks, Wellborn and Tallassee, all during the month of June.
"This is their latest effort to recruit and get attention," Mark Potok with the Southern Poverty Law Center told 11Alive's sister publication, the Montgomery Advertiser, after the fliers in Alabama were distributed.
Potok went on to say that this is not a sign that America's oldest hate group – formed in December 1865 – is growing in numbers.