Several residents in the Hidden Pines subdivision of Mandeville, Louisiana were stunned to find plastic bags filled with KKK recruiting fliers containing the disturbing message: “Stop Aids: Support Gay Bashing.”
“Homosexual men and their sexual acts are disgusting and inhuman,” reads the flier, which was distributed with by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
“It’s hurtful. It’s scary,” said Mandeville resident Sonja Chaves, “I have a little boy. We have neighbors. They have kids.”
The outrage over the fliers went beyond those who received them locally.
“I mean, I guess it’s kind of repulsive, you know,” said resident Patrick Sarver, “I mean, I don’t discriminate against any group and I don’t feel like anyone around here should be discriminated against either.”
One woman, who did not want to be identified, said, “I’m extremely hurt by it. As a member of the gay community… I think it shows the ignorance of society still.”
The fliers have been popping up in communities across the country all summer. In some reports, the organization behind them claims it’s part of a recruiting effort. Locally, town leaders in Pearl River were alerted to a similar flier being found on windshields in June, but no official report was filed.
Monday, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating this weekend’s discovery.
“There’s no doubt they’re trying to deliver a hateful message, and we take it very serious,” said Sheriff Jack Strain, “But at this point, we have to talk to our victim. We have to determine a lot of things including how it got there, when it got there, when she discovered it.”
The local FBI office says they are currently monitoring the situation for any possible federal violations.