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Ku Klux Klan Hands Out Candy To Recruit New Members

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File photo of a KKK rally. (credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

File photo of a KKK rally. (credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

SENECA, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — Some Oconee County residents say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan.

Residents in a Seneca subdivision found the bags Saturday night or Sunday morning.

The paper said “Save Our Land, Join the Klan.” It had a phone number that led to an automated message discussing KKK efforts against illegal immigration.

Robert Jones told WHNS-TV that he is the imperial klaliff of the Loyal White Knights and said the effort was part of a recruiting event they hold three times a year called the “national night ride.” Jones said the telephone number gets about 20,000 calls per day.

Oconee County resident Bo Morris said he thought it was “unacceptable” to see the bags and fliers in his neighborhood.

A woman from Seneca told WHNS-TV that she was on her way to church with her family Sunday morning when they ran over a bag and became angry when she saw what it was.

“[I] talked to several neighbors. They were very angry, very upset, very ashamed at the same time – that this exists,” the woman who does not want to be identified to WHNS-TV. “Ashamed to face our neighbors that do not have the same color skin that we do.”

Jones explained that the bags were dropped in neighborhoods, but that members don’t target homes.

“I mean, we can’t tell who lives in a house, whether they’re black, white, Mexican, gay, we can’t tell that,” Jones told WHNS-TV. “And if you were to look at somebody’s house like that, that means you’d be pretty much a racist.”

Jones stated that the Klan has been quite strong throughout South Carolina and that dropping bags of candy for recruitment efforts isn’t something that is new. He explained that Klan is not a hate group, but a civil rights organization following the Bible. But now, the groups focus is protesting against illegal immigration.

Jones told WHNS-TV that his chapter is planning a public protest against illegal immigration in North Carolina on August 9 that will feature a cross burning after dark.

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