Doorstep Delivery, KKK Flyers in Alachua County
ALACHUA COUNTY - A resident of the mentone community in southwest Alachua County, stepped outside of his house to grab the daily newspaper and found what he thought was the flyer of a missing girl on his driveway. However the flyer had a completely different message.
From the time during the civil rights movement to today, we can say our country has gone a long way. A flyer on the driveway of many homes in the mentone community in Gainesville last week, has many thinking differently. The flyer from an organization based of the Ku Klux Klan reads, 'Missing: The Future of White Children.'
One of the residents who received the flyer, says this is wake up call for him. "It is sort of sad to see that people still have those views," he said. The president of local chapter of the NAACP Evelyn Foxx, said discrimination and racism are worse now then they were in the 60's."After president barack obama was elected. There has been a rise of hatred and bigotry among some whites in our country. There has been a rise of hatred and bigotry among some whites in our country," Foxx said.
The flyer circulating the Mentone community isn't the only flyer out there. If you check out their website, you can see different flyers. One of them has a crossed-out image of Martin Luther King Jr.
The organization is national and based out of missouri. They say they have chapters in bronson and Gainesville. And while the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies them as a hate group, Frank Ancona the president of the organization says otherwise. "Mixing of race is like going against nature. You're attracted to people… like the crow and the eagle don't fly together,"Ancona said.
The group has strong beliefs against interracial and gay marriage. Something that saddens this Mentone resident. "In the end people are going to have their own views… you're not going to change them. But this feels like a wake up call, saying… hey, this actually does exist in our community and there are people out there who have these beliefs," he said.
Ancona says their group is only trying to protect their race. But several residents of Mentone I spoke with found these views "ignorant" and "despicable."
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