'Join the KKK' flyers show up in Ladson neighborhood

Published: Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:32 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM EST
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LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A handful of neighbors in Ladson were startled to find KKK flyers on their property Sunday.

"It says save our land, join the Klan," recites Genevieve Henderson reading off of a flyer she found below her mailbox Sunday. "It has a picture of a Ku Klux Klansman on a horse right below that."

Henderson and at least five other families in a small neighborhood off of I-26 in Ladson were startled to find a pamphlet at the end of their driveways.

"I was just floored," says Henderson. "I was completely floored because I said not now, not this time of year."

After a weekend full of family Thanksgiving activities, Henderson's grandson brought the KKK flyer back into the house after getting the mail.

Two houses down, another African American family found their mailbox dented in with the same note inside of it.

"This is terrible," says Eddie Shepard, who originally thought his mailbox was backed into.

It was only after Shepard opened his mailbox did he realize what happened.

"I found this package in the mailbox, you can see what it is," Shepard said motioning to the flyer. "It said join the Klan. We've been living here for seven years and we've never had any problems or stuff like this at all before."

A neighbor across the street says he saw an SUV driving slowly up and down the street at 1 o'clock in the morning after hearing a 'loud noise' but didn't get a good look at who was driving the vehicle.

Regardless, the families who live the mixed neighborhood say these packets send a clear message and they want everyone to be aware of their surroundings.

"We're from a loving family," says Henderson. "This neighborhood is a loving neighborhood and to have something like this destroy it, it hurts."

The Berkeley County Sheriff's office told residents that they would be patrolling the area over the course of the next few nights to make sure this is an isolated incident.

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