A Johnson County resident initially thought the letter attached to his mailbox was a fundraiser for a nonprofit.
But then he opened it, found it was from a hate group and decided to contact police.
The flier from the Ku Klux Klan was a call to action against groups including Muslims, Hispanics and gay people. The letter said those groups are attacking white people while the government threatens people’s Second Amendment rights and other rights that white Europeans had established for America.
The resident, who lives near State Road 44 and Centerline Road just outside of Franklin, was concerned others may have gotten a similar letter and thought the police should know, according to the report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office has since received another report from another resident in the same area, Sheriff Doug Cox said.
At least three Columbus residents also reported receiving or finding fliers, including one similar to what Johnson County residents reported. A second flier was found showing a figure in a white hooded garment, pointing a finger, surrounded by the words “The KKK wants you” and with a phone number to call for more information.
The fliers are not illegal, and residents do not need to contact police, Cox said.
“It’s terrible, but it’s not against the law,” Cox said.
The flier provides information for the Confederate White Knights, with an address in Auburn and includes a phone number and an email address, saying people can write for more information or send donations.
Residents have found the fliers inside clear plastic bags with bird seed that are attached to their mailbox. Unless the fliers are being strewn across people’s yards or left inside mailboxes, they aren’t violating any laws, Cox said.
He advises people to throw the flier away and feed the birds with the seed, he said.