WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers passed out in one West Ashley neighborhood are causing grave concerns for some residents.
Incident reports by Charleston Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office state KKK fliers were found posted on mailboxes and in the yards on Parsonage Road and in the Pierpont area.
They fliers bare a KKK symbol at the top and encourage people to call or visit their organization's website.
Images from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan website show cross lightings and people in white gowns and caps. The organization's Imperial Wizard, or national leader, says members have the freedom to send out recruitment fliers wherever they choose, and they want people to know the KKK still exists.
"We're concerned about the future of America and the white race of America. We want to preserve and protect our heritage, our rights that are guaranteed under the Constitution," KKK leader Frank Ancona said.
The KKK says it has members nation-wide and just like any organization, they want their beliefs known. Ancona says some people just don't understand what the KKK is about.
"99% of your Klan members are patriotic, concerned about our country, concerned about our rights and our freedom, but yet we're all painted with this broad brush because of the acts of a few bad Klansmen in the past," Ancona said.
No one in the neighborhood where the fliers were found would talk on camera. Police and sheriff's deputies say they canvassed the area after residents reported the fliers.
"I'm sorry that someone would be offended by that. I'm kind of offended sometimes when I get a newspaper in my yard with articles in there promoting lifestyles I don't agree with, but I don't call police. I choose not to read the story," Ancona said.
A spokesperson for the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says while the fliers are upsetting to many people in the neighborhood, there's nothing illegal about them. Police officials say they have had a greater presence in the area for those who are concerned.