Mississippi KKK Distributes Anti-Gay Flyers After Pulse Nightclub Massacre Claiming “First Amendment Right”

Mississippi KKK Distributes Anti-Gay Flyers After Pulse Nightclub Massacre Claiming First Amendment Rights

 

Unknown to many outside the state the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi regularly distributes fliers with hateful messages.

Shortly after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 and wounded 51 members of the LGBT community and their allies a Ku Klux Klan flyer began to appear at homes in Gautier and Ocean Springs, along the Gulf Coast over the weekend titled Boycott 101,”which talked about other states boycott of Mississippi over its harsh new anti-gay law and said among other things: “Don’t let the outside immoral crowds and their news media get your butt in a bind. We will never bow to homosexuality and bestiality or other unnatural sexual perversions that go against the laws of nature and GOD.”

Brent Waller, who identifies as the Imperial Wizard of the aforementioned KKK group, said it’s his right to distribute that hate, despite protestations from locals, and that locals can expect more to come.

“I got the same right under the First Amendment to pass out pamphlets and literature just the same as the newspaper does,” Waller told the Hattiesburg American.

Waller said they’re legal because “no one’s being targeted.”

“There’s some things about gays, but there’s also some things about blacks and we’re coming out with one on Muslims next week,” Waller said.

Waller said he’s just speaking on behalf of the state’s majority white population.

“We’re the Klan that’s been here since the Civil War,” Waller said. “We have long been the voice for the white right wing. People may not like our views, but we are entitled to them. We’re really going to get the message out this summer,” he said. “As long as we’re not using any inflammatory or hate-type material in our fliers we’re OK.”

A gay couple who found the flier in their driveway and have filed a police report, and additionally planned to contact the FBI and Southern Poverty Law Center.

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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