by: John Prager
Frank Ancona, who recently spoke to CNN about “rebranding” the KKK is staying true to his word…the best the Klan can, anyway. After a rash of break-ins in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has launched a neighborhood watch in response.
“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Ancona said. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”
Great! Feel safer yet? The Klan is keeping its eyes on the neighborhood and promises that no specific race will be targeted. The Klan distributed flyers in the Ridge Road area of the township promoting its “watch” efforts. The flyer reads, “Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”
The flyer includes a number to an informational hotline people can call for an information packet or, allegedly, to speak to a representative–though AATTP has been calling the Klanline for over a month without success in reaching more than the group’s voicemail.
Fairview police Sergeant Davis Holland said the police are aware of the flyers, but offered no further comment.
Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona would not divulge any information about the local leadership, nor about the group that distributed the chilling flyers–who wants to hear that the Klan is watching them, after all.
The reason for the secrecy, said Ancona, is that people could lose jobs and family because of their involvement with the KKK because of the negative light cast upon the group. He claims the Klan is “somewhat discriminated against.”
Should people feel safe? Ancona says that background checks are run on potential members, and that the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK does not admit anyone with serious crimes on record.
“Members could be the guy who is delivering your pizza. It could be law enforcement from the local sheriff’s office. It could be the nurse taking care of you in the emergency room,” Ancona said, stressing that the KKK is not affiliated with neo-Nazi and skinhead movements.
The group describes itself on its web site as a “white patriotic Christian organization that bases its roots back to the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century. We are a non-violent organization that believes in the preservation of the white race and the United States Constitution as it was originally written and will stand to protect those rights against all foreign invaders. We believe in the right to bear arms against all that threaten our home and family.”
Will the crime rate go down? Probably not. In fact, many seem to be ignoring the possibility that the Klan committed those crimes themselves so that they can rush in to “save the day.” No matter what, it is doubtful that residents want the help of people who represent a hateful and dying ideal.
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