On Sunday, while walking along Lenola Road in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, longtime resident Rita Strough spotted a clear plastic bag with a promotional message inside — join the Ku Klux Klan.
She said she was shocked.
“If I had been an African-American, a Jewish person, a homosexual person and I went out to get my Sunday paper and that was there, I would feel like I was targeted, ” said Strough. “You can’t let that happen. It’s just not right.”
Inside the bag, was a white flier featuring interlocking hearts with a pair of sentiments you won’t find on any Valentine’s Day card.
“Love your own race,” said one.
“Stop homosexuality and race mixing,” read the other.
The flier, courtesy of the Loyal White Knights, also lists a phone number and website for potential recruits.
Strough said she found copies of the flier in front of three different houses. She contacted the Cinnaminson Police Department, which is now working with the New Jersey attorney general’s office after township police deemed the fliers a hate crime.
In “Cinnaminson, we embrace our diversity. There is no place for hate or intolerance in Cinnaminson,” said police Lt. Tim Young who added that it doesn’t appear anyone was targeted.
Residents reportedly found similar fliers in nearby Maple Shade. The Maple Shade Police Department did not return a call seeking comment.
A message left with the Loyal White Knights, a Christian, North Carolina-based group, was not immediately returned.
On its website, the Knights say they’re not a hate group.
“We do not hate any group of people! However, we do hate some things that certain groups are doing to our race and our nation. We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion and race-mixing, because these things go against God’s law and they are destroying all white nations.”