A Ku Klux Klan group distributing fliers in Jacksonville, Fla., neighborhoods — as that city continues to debate an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance — has ties to North Carolina.
Fliers distributed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were found by some neighbors and brought to local leaders’ attention last week.
Jimmy Midyette of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality posted the fliers to Facebook.
“These flyers have begun to appear at the homes of LGBT people – and surely others – in Jacksonville,” Midyette wrote. “This is an unfortunate consequence of our recent success. Both with marriage equality and the progress we’re making on equality in Jacksonville, we sadly can expect the vocal minority to freak out.”
The fliers call on followers to “Stop AIDS” and “Support Gay Bashing,” and say that “homosexual men and their sexual acts are disgusting and inhuman.” The fliers also attack immigrants, Haitians and “mud people.”
The group’s activity in Jacksonville come on the heels of a bomb threat made against an ordinance informational meeting last week. Jacksonville’s mayor has since condemned the KKK activity and bomb threat.
The KKK group is based in Pelham, N.C., near Danville and the Virginia state line.
Similar to its efforts in Jacksonville, the group has often distributed fliers and other literature across North Carolina. Additionally, it has also demonstrated against LGBT equality and the rights of immigrants. In 2012, the group joined members of a neo-Nazi organization at a rally in Charlotte.
The ordinances currently under consideration in Jacksonville are similar in scope to those considered in Houston, where voters overwhelmingly repealed the new protections earlier this month. Charlotte is also considering several LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance proposals. A new City Council is expected to take those items up in the new year.
In 2012, I compiled a video of the KKK group’s and Nazi group’s rally in Charlotte. Their rally was outnumbered by counter protesters. See it below.