The Ku Klux Klan has become emboldened of late, distributing recruitment flyers with offensive images of slain Black people such as Michael “Mike” Brown. In a Pennsylvania neighborhood, KKK flyers were discovered bearing the image of iconic civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As reported by local outlet WXPI, the flyers were found in the Pittsburgh’s Manchester section. According to the report, over a dozen of the flyers were found. The distribution of the flyers didn’t have their desired effect, as citizens appeared to be stunned by their discovery on the national holiday celebrating King’s life.
“They are obviously trying to incite somebody; it’s Martin Luther King Day. This is a national holiday. There is absolutely no reason that those things need to be passed out,” said one man who didn’t want to be identified.
On a day when the leader of the civil rights movement is celebrated, residents were saddened to see the racist flyers.
“I don’t think that there’s probably a lot of people out there who think like that anymore. I think that’s why they are putting it out. They are trying to get some people to think like them. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” said the unidentified man.
Last year, there’s been an increase in activity from the KKK. In a Pennsylvania neighborhood last April, flyers were discovered. Last November in Long Beach, New York, there were flyers bearing the image of slain Ferguson teen, Mike Brown.
The full image of the flyer can be viewed on the following page.