Wilmington broadcast station WECT is reporting that people living in neighborhoods along Kerr Avenue have received fliers from the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group, the Loyal White Knights.
The group, based in the Western part of North Carolina, has been increasingly public in the last year, organizing a march in Harmony, N.C. in May and another anti-immigration march in November in Charlotte last year.
In the last month, KKK groups in Tennessee, Virginia and Atlanta, Ga. also have left recruitment fliers in neighborhoods.
Though the nonprofit civil rights organization, Southern Poverty Law Center marks KKK groups as official hate organizations, the web site of the Loyal White Knights explains its position in Biblical terms: "We do not hate any group of people. However, we do hate some things that certain groups are doing to our race and Nation. We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion, and race-mixing because these things go against God's law and they are destroying all white nations. But rather than focus on hate; we try to focus on the love of our race. Love for our God and Country. Our goal is to help restore America to a White Christian nation founded on God's word. This does not mean that we want to see anything bad happen to the darker races, we simply want to live separate from them. As GOD intented.(Lev.20:24-25)."
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists 34 hate groups in North Carolina, seven of which officially affiliate with the KKK.