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KKK recruitment underway in Fort Plain

February 13, 2017 06:40 PM

Fort Plain - At a time when Fort Plain is blanketed in white snow, there's also an effort to blanket the community with white supremacy.

It began about a week ago in a municipal parking lot next to the post office. That's when residents first noticed the flyers on their car windshields inviting them to "love their own race" and join the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

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"We don't really have any solid leads currently," said Fort Plain's interim-Police Chief Ryan Austin. "If any leads come in though, we'll run them down thoroughly."

Austin says even if he finds out whose leaving the leaflets, there's probably not much he can do about it since no one has been threatened and anything printed on the leaflet is protected free speech.

"I believe it's someone trying to get attention," Austin speculates, "Maybe they're not happy with the current society or something they feel is unjust to them."

When we called the phone number printed on the flyer, KKK Grand Dragon Will Quigg called back from his California home to tell us his nationwide recruitment drive coincides with Valentine's Day.

"We just want to let everybody know, mainly the white people, but let every race know, to love your own race," Quigg states. "The last eight years with Obama as president, he has been doing nothing for the white Christian person. He's been helping the Negroes."

Residents of Fort Plain were disgusted by the leaflets in their community.

"My girlfriends daughter is married to a black person and I got no problem with it," says Eugene Buley, "He's just like you and me. Stuff like that should have gone out a long, long, long time ago. It disgusts me."

"I'd say we don't need those people around here because they have twisted minds," said Joan Eckler, a 35-year resident of Fort Plain. "Ever since the election there seems to be a lot of turmoil and disruption and people are trying to make issues out of things that they need to accept whether hey like it or not."

When asked about the Trump Presidency, Quigg responded: "I wouldn't call him an ally. I would call him somebody that we agree with with some of his ideals."

Quigg says he has already recruited more than 100 new Klansmen in New York and Massachusetts on his current nationwide recruitment drive.

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Dan Levy

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