Neighbors in an East Memphis neighborhood awoke unnerved to find flyers in their driveway that were distributed by the KKK as a part of their recruiting efforts.
"I saw some flyers right here. I actually didn't pick them up. I thought they were garbage," says a neighbor, who did not want her face or name on TV. She says police were cleaning up the flyers between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
"It's kind of scary now because we've lived here for the past 10 years and nothing really bad goes on around here."
FOX13 News spoke with two members of the Memphis KKK, who did not want give their names. They said their organization's recent recruiting efforts have brought in a large number of new members, although they did not want to name a specific number.
The KKK is recruiting and planning for an April rally in Memphis.
In response to neighbors in the areas their flyers have turned up in being scared, one member says, "We're not near as bad as people put us out to be, that's why we throw them out at night. And if you don't like it, throw it away."
The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center released a statement saying, "These small acts of hate are met by great acts of Love in our community. This attempt to divide has caused neighbors (brown/black/white/gay/straight) to join together in their driveways this morning to denounce your hate. Neighbors that did not know one another became friends this morning, they came to know each other, to understand that their Love of our community will always overcome your hatred."
The Memphis chapter of the Klan is under new leadership, according to the members FOX13 News spoke with. They are also promoting a new image.
"We're not a hate group, we're a Christian-based group," said a Memphis KKK member. "We are wanting to talk about all the immigrants coming in, the millions and billions of dollars we're sending out of our country every year and the white man, the black man, both are losing their jobs."
Although the KKK is promoting a new image, neighbors say they still plan to call police if they see the group around.
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