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KKK responds to weekend recruitment fliers

KKK Leader Talks Recruitment

SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. - The Ku Klux Klan invitations found in Southern Colorado were part of a nationwide recruitment effort, a Klan leader said.

Sunday morning, some residents in Security-Widefield woke up to find KKK fliers on their driveway.

Chris Barker, Imperial Wizard of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK, said Colorado was simply part of their national recruitment. He said because of the state's mostly-white demographics, there is a lot of activity here.

"It's usually behind the scenes," he said.

The weekend's fliers proclaimed the KKK's well-known message.

"To me, the white race is actually becoming extinct," Barker said. "And it's time for the white people to start waking up and seeing this right here."

But now, there's more to their message. Barker said they're also focusing on other issues, from guns to politics to immigration.

"A lot of the fliers that were put out are anti-immigrant fliers too," he said. "We're against the whole immigration that's going on in America. It's not just affecting the white race, it's affecting the black and the white race."

Still, residents who received the fliers want nothing to do with the KKK.

"I do understand my First Amendment right, Freedom of Speech," Angie Austin said. "But this is not inviting us to a church or coming to a birthday party or wedding ceremony. This is evil."

A leader at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national civil rights organization, said groups like the KKK are taking advantage of anger in the country over changing demographics and other issues to recruit. But that participation is certainly not booming.

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