KKK fliers dropped on Rappahannock doorsteps

A not-so-nice Christmas message delivered from Washington to Flint Hill

KKK fliers in plastic bags and weighed down with bird seed were dropped onto the door steps of numerous homes in the town of Washington and elsewhere in Rappahannock County.

Ku Klux Klan fliers placed in plastic bags and weighed down with bird seed were dropped early this afternoon onto the front door steps of numerous homes in the historic town of Washington and elsewhere in Rappahannock County.

Shortly after the fliers were discovered, Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Compton and at least one deputy, their office and adjacent Rappahannock County courthouse just one block away from where some of the fliers were left, were seen collecting the bags in the vicinity of Main Street and for several miles along Fodderstack Road.

Reached this afternoon, Sheriff Compton said her office received a phone call in the early afternoon from a resident who discovered the hate-filled flier in her driveway. Subsequent investigation by the sheriff’s office determined that the fliers were distributed not only along Main Street in the town of Washington but along Fodderstack Road as far as Dearing Road near Flint Hill, a distance of about five miles.

“We gathered all of them that we could see,” the sheriff said, adding that an investigation is underway to determine who might have distributed the fliers. “They were in most of the driveways along Fodderstack.”

“This message has been brought to you by Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,” the headline of the flier reads. “Reminding you of the REASON for the Season. The Birth of our Savior and King JESUS CHRIST!”

“We gathered all of them that we could see,” Sheriff Connie Compton said, adding that an investigation is underway to determine who might have distributed the fliers. “They were in most of the driveways along Fodderstack.”

The flier, which includes Bible passages from Psalms, Revelation, and John, also contains two photographs: one showing a menorah superimposed in front of the White House, and the other a painting of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in a manger.

“Our question to you . . . Why is this OK?” the flier states, referring to the menorah, and then of the manger scene, “But this defensive?”

“Evidently, the whole ‘separation of church and state’ things must exclude Jews and their synagogues of Satan,” says the flier, which includes the KKK’s Loyal White Knights national office address in Pelham, N.C.

“Menorah in front of the White House? We see who’s in control and why America has become so anti-Christ,” it states. “With that being said, Merry CHRISTmas. Take your ‘Happy Holidays’ and shove it!”

The leader of the same KKK group said last August in the wake of white nationalist protests in nearby Charlottesville that he was happy that a Virginia woman, Heather Heyer, died after participant James Allen Fields Jr., drove his car at a high speed into a crowd of counter protesters.

Justin Moore, the group’s grand dragon, said in a voicemail to WBTV in Charlotte: “I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died. They were a bunch of Communists out there protesting against somebody’s freedom of speech, so it doesn’t bother me that they got hurt at all.”

“I think we’re going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events,” Moore warned the TV station.

In early September, KKK recruitment fliers were discovered in the town of Warrenton, according to the Fauquier Times. And on Sept. 22, the Winchester Star reported that several residents of western Frederick County found similar fliers in their driveways encouraging people to “Join the Ku Klux Klan.”

About two dozen Winchester residents received KKK recruitment fliers on Halloween night.

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John McCaslin is the editor of the Rappahannock News. Email him at editor@rappnews.com.

18 Comments

  1. I think whoever wrote is was just trying to just say, “Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ.” and “We should say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays, because the holiday IS about Christ.” and “The Jews don’t accept Jesus Christ as our savior, but to Christians, He is our savior.” … I don’t see any threats on this flyer, or anything against races or sexual preferences… I just see someone who tried to tell you the point about Christmas is about Christ, but this person is not good at writing it in his own words. And I must agree, the world IS becoming more against the teachings of Jesus, and if we all lived our lives within the path and teachings of Jesus, this world would be a much better place… or at the very least, we stop seeing so much bickering and whining on the north end of this county and in this newspaper!

  2. The good “news” about the editors choosing to print the entire flyer with mailing address is that now all of all who wish can write to the KKK and directly tell them want we think of their tactics. And maybe remind them of what we each think America stands for, what is meant by our Bill of Rights, freedom of religion, and that hate and great are not welcome in beautiful Rappahannock county.

    • Please send them to my house with their flyers. In true Christmas spirit, I have a Shepherd who will greet them. A German Shepherd. 110 lbs.

  3. Ignorant? Idiots? Or persuasive thinkers? I ask simply because little effort has been placed in their efforts to spread a message of discontent to a fraction of the community. Hmm, makes me wonder why Rappnews would waste time or effort to publish the same message and flier for the WHOLE COMMUNITY and surrounding states to see online or print! Thank you media. Again you spread this filth, propaganda, or so called “news” to generate concern among the public. I know your simply “reporting” but to the conscientious observer you are providing a great service to the racial giant who couldn’t even afford postage this time!

    As for the heterogeneous mix and poorly created flier: Flatwood and Amissville have great recycling bins for this paper and flier. And cold winter months ahead will offer ample opportunity to feed small birds and game.

    Common sense.

    • Well, WB, I get your point that these radical fringe groups depend upon the publicity they
      generate through media attention to further their notoriety. And I understand the choice that
      a local media outlet must make. But this was indeed “news”. When was the last time someone
      littered miles of our county’s highways and the county seat with anti-Semitic leaflets?
      The very nature of this action was “newsworthy” and something that the whole community
      should be aware of. As for their method of distribution, baggies aren’t free and bird food isn’t
      particularly cheap and the gasoline for the vehicle certainly cost a few bucks.

      I don’t know anyone who isn’t aware of the KKK or its hateful message. But it is important to
      know that they are operating in the neighborhood, if for no other reason than to let them know
      that we can literally get along just fine without them.

      Ben Jones

      • Ben, I don’t think WB was saying that this isn’t news. I think the objection was simply to the newspaper publishing the flyer for everyone to clearly read. So now, instead of a few dozen people in the county seeing it, everyone has access to the KKK hotline and website information as well as to their message. That was unnecessary and only furthered the purpose of the KKK. I agree with WB that is was a poor editorial choice.

        • L, the KKK appeals to the very worst in people. Their dark “truth” cannot stand up to
          the light of exposure. I might be wrong on this, but I believe that shining more light
          on this kind of bigotry is our best weapon against it. In the words of FDR, “we have
          nothing to fear but fear itself.”

          • Ben- my intent was to show the poor decisions of Rappnews to publish the incident and flier in its entirety. I have lived across the nation and this type of tactic is not uncommon and rarely published more than a line or two in a community brief. Years ago it would have fell between the cracks, if you will, after generating talk in the locality. Unless you reviceived the information directly, it went unnoticed. Now the same tactic goes mainstream with full context accessible to anyone forever. I did not receive the flier, but have full access to the radicals by simply reading the news. Careless. As a community we can embrace hope and shine lights as you stated to push out racial divisions and ignorance. Question: wouldn’t that be easier if a little common sense and censorship were shared among the community and media?

  4. The idiots who put out this hateful garbage serve no good purpose in America other
    than to remind us that groups like the Klan and their pitiful compatriots are few and far
    between and are not welcome in our community. Sure they have a right to think what
    they wish and to say what they believe. But in fact, when they do put this stuff out, it shows
    why their membership has shrunk to a meaningless handful of mean-spirited and misguided
    cranks.

    This flyer is nothing other than a crude piece of anti-Semitism, which seems to forget
    the simple fact that Jesus Christ was a Jewish Rabbi.

    To begin the Christmas season by littering Rappahannock County with devisive trash
    such as this underscores the joke that the reason the Klan wears those pointed hoods
    is to fit their pointed heads. Shame on them for desecrating Christianity, which is rooted in
    brotherhood, understanding, and forgiveness.

    Ben Jones

  5. What the actual f***? Is putting flyers on people’s property illegal? Is it trespassing? This hate has got to stop. Here’s hoping members of our community continue to oppose this ignorant nonsense. Seriously people. Let’s be a good example of our species by showing compassion to human kind.

    • There is no charge for leaving flyers. Doesn’t even fall under hate crimes. At most it is a civil violation for littering. “We” will not stop until “our” numbers are strong and white people stand up and believe.

      • Don’t use “we” for your hateful white supremacist rhetoric. My white isn’t your white. Get over yourself. Low melanin doesn’t make you special.

      • Hey Philip,
        Did you know that being “white” and having a dollar can
        get you a small cup of coffee at McDonald’s? You didn’t have
        anything to do with how you were created. Nothing. Nada. That’s
        why skin color is nothing to be “proud” of.

        Consider yourself lucky that you got a good deal and try to start treating
        everyone the same, regardless of the way God made them.

        Ben Jones

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