Residents in Ellensburg, Washington, have found Klu Klux Klan brochures at their homes, however, officials insist that the distribution is not tied to a growing presence of the group in the area. Although three people found the fliers on their lawns, the actual number of leaflets distributed remains unknown, the Yakima Herald reported Wednesday.
Following the discovery of the fliers, the Ellensburg Police Department released a statement on their Facebook page addressing the matter that read, “The City of Ellensburg is appalled by the recent abhorrent behavior exhibited by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).” The statement went on to call the distribution of fliers on lawns and driveways “disruptive and disgraceful.”
Officials insisted that the presence of the brochures did not represent the beliefs of the city nor the community. The statement continued, “The flier’s content is objectionable, but the content in and of itself is not criminal. As a City we stand as one community that rejects such extreme views and messaging. Our community values inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.”
The brochure found in Ellensburg opposed abortion, preached about the desire to make America a nation that was governed by whites and supported state sovereignty.
Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that despite the appearance of the brochure and past Klan meetings which would take place across the state of Washington, the KKK presence is not particularly strong. “I think the bottom line is that there are still quite a number of people out there who have these kind of beliefs,” he said.
This is not the first time KKK brochures have been distributed. Several have popped up across the country over the past two years. Membership in the Klan has dwindled since the 1920s, going from about 4 million members to between 5,000 and 6,000 in the present day.