Ku Klux Klan Recruiting NY Children With Candy
NEW YORK — August 7, 2018
The Ku Klux Klan has embarked on a recruitment campaign in upstate New York in recent months with using strange flyers and Snickers candy bars. It is done against the will of the young NY's people.
The flyers are being distributing in Oneida and other counties.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered state police to investigate and directed the state police Hate Crimes Task Force to kick off a “public awareness campaign” to counter hate.
“New York has zero tolerance for intolerance,” Cuomo announced.
“While President Trump and Republicans in Washington sow divisiveness and hate that is spreading like cancer across the country, in New York we say not here, not now, not ever,” he added in a news release.
The task force plans a town hall in Oneida County to discuss the issue and send teams to the region to conduct an educational outreach campaign. Oneida’s county seat is Utica and the county is near Syracuse, in the middle of the state.
The state police are also offering help to local police and county sheriff’s offices.
The Klan's outreach campaign has shocked residents of all ages and prompted them to mobilize against the group and its apparent effort to target children.
Not only is the KKK still active in 2018 now they are using candy and propaganda to shanghai kids into it...— C a m e r o n (@GideonKurai) August 5, 2018
“The KKK is a terrorist organization, and even dropping off these materials itself is terrifying, especially when you find something like this in your driveway in the morning,” said Ron Klopfanstein, a teacher, journalist, and president of the local historical society. “It requires a response, and the only way to get through that fear is to stand up and come together. I think the worst part is that a lot of kids found it on the way to the bus in the morning.”
“We’re a good town, we’re good people, and when something like this happens, sometimes you have to make a statement to remind people that we won’t have this here,” he added.
“Westmoreland stood up to this, and we stood with (the nearby city of) Rome the first time they were faced with this. We are all in this together and ready to stand together to keep hate groups out of Central New York.”
Denise Szarek, a member of the Westmoreland Board of Education, said "the KKK campaign with its candy bars seemed to be targeting youths. Most alarmingly the material contained recruiting information and not just propaganda."
“My theory is that it’s someone local who’s downloading them, printing them out and passing it around. Then they come between 4 and 6 in the morning so the candy bars and packets are at the end of the driveway when kids are getting on the school bus. The community they hit was a mobile home park so there were a lot of kids in the area, and they hit on some of the side roads, too. Our feeling was that the children (were) being targeted — at least the high school and middle school kids in that age group,” Szarek said.