FBI and Police in Kentucky are looking into reports of racist flyers being spread through towns by the Ku Klux Klan and the Proud Boys recruiting members.
The FBI said these flyers have been seen all across the state, from northern Kentucky, to the Lexington area, to Bullitt County.
In 2021, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported nine hate and anti-government groups here in the Bluegrass. They’ve been tracking since 2000 and since then, here in Kentucky, they saw a spike in those numbers in 2016 with as many as 23 of those groups.
“Neighborhood watch,” the Klan flyer advertises in part. “You can sleep sound tonight. The Klan is awake.” The flyers also urged residents to report crimes and drug dealers to an email address.
The name of the Trinity White Knights Ku Klux Klan – a Kentucky-based offshoot of the white supremacist organization .
Federal agents said they’re keeping a close eye on what’s happening, especially in light of an incident in Corbin earlier this month, when anti-LGBTQ protesters faced off with demonstrators at a Pride event. Two protesters showed up, shouting homophobic slurs and showing a KKK membership card.
Others across the state have contacted local authorities after seeing Proud Boys flyers in their communities.
It’s getting very scary out there. Please take care.