The KKK has popped up into prominent society again after Charlottesville thanks to our new President, and, ironically, it’s not gay people that are recruiting, but the KKK.
The Louisiana chapter of the KKK recently distributed fliers in the community in an effort to recruit more people for genocide. Flyers read things like, “Stop Aids: Support Gay Bashing”; “Homosexual men and their sexual acts are disgusting and inhuman”; and “Our race is our nation.” Along with the fliers, they left boxes of rocks or candy on the residents’ doorsteps.
The fliers are brandished with a web address and phone number for racists and homophobes to call in case they want to join in with the described horror. A recorded message meets the caller with “save our land, join the Klan, white power;” However, residents seem less than happy about the invitation.
One resident who preferred to remain anonymous claimed she was “extremely hurt” by the fliers. “As a member of the gay community, I think it shows the ignorance of society still.”
A local mother Sonja Chaves says she is afraid for her son and afraid for the children of her neighbors.
“It’s hurtful, it’s scary,” she said. “I have a little boy. We have neighbors. They have kids.”
“I mean, I guess it’s kind of repulsive, you know,” said Patrick Sarver, a neighbor of Chaves, “I don’t discriminate against any group and I don’t feel like anyone around here should be discriminated against either.”
The KKK are currently emboldened and are shedding their guise of secrecy and leaving the underground. White gay men can no longer ignore this issue because it doesn’t affect them. This is something that affects both people of color and the LGBT community. We have to defend ourselves and our communities and fight White Supremacy and bigotry by any means necessary.
The KKK is emboldened so much as to try and recruit people out in the open with flyers. This is a clear failing of the American people that let this dangerous and disturbing group to spring back up. It will have to be up to us to tear it back down.
Watch out, stay safe, fight bigotry, and protect each other. We must be unified against White Supremacy.