At least six Chesterfield County residents received flyers purportedly from a Ku Klux Klan group last week.
County police received five calls about KKK flyers being left at residences between March 17 and 19, according to spokeswoman Liz Caroon.
“Four of those calls were from the Woodlake area,” said Caroon via email.
“At this point, distributing the flyers in this manner does not appear to be a crime, as the distributor did not trespass on anyone’s property and distributing the materials in this way does not violate the littering law. As always, we encourage residents to report suspicious activities or materials left in their neighborhoods.”
The flyers, which read that they are from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, have a variety of bigoted and false claims against African Americans, Native Americans and Jewish people under the headline “Liberals – The Most Intolerant Hate Group in the World.” The flyer includes contact information for the Loyal White Knights, including an address for a post office box in Pelham, North Carolina.
Mary Ann Owens, a 69-year-old journalism instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, said she first learned about the flyer on her lawn after a neighbor passing by spotted it and texted her on March 21. Owens, who hadn’t left her home in three days, found the note in a sandwich-sized plastic bag that had pieces of candy inside.
“That’s what bothers me. Candy would lure in children,” said Owens, who lives in Woodlake and didn’t contact police about the matter. “It’s awful.”
Virginia saw 133 incidents of flyers and banners from radical right groups in 2019, including 16 from the KKK. The SPLC, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization, compiles the map using information from social media platforms, news articles and tips received by the nonprofit.