A Pennsylvania chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has announced a neighborhood watch program in Fairview Township to curtail a recent streak of break-ins, reports Imperial Wizard and President Frank Ancona.
According to PennLive.com, the group passed out flyers to area homes
on Friday which include a picture of a hooded Klansman that read, "Neighborhood Watch – You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake! Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today!"
Ancona said the KKK neighborhood watch program is "just like any neighborhood watch program" and has been approved by the national KKK organization based in Park Hills, Missouri.
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"It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement," Ancona told PennLive. "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."
Fairview Township police Sgt. Davis Holland said the police are aware of the flyers, but declined to comment further. The KKK said its neighborhood watch is designed to pick up the slack as police are often understaffed.
Recent crimes include nine vehicle break-ins and a robbery attempt at a local home.
Reporters tried to obtain more information about the somewhat mysterious organization as it exists today, however the imperial wizard said only he and national leadership are allowed to speak with the media after recent misrepresentations by other members.
Ancona referenced a former KKK grand dragon unaffiliated with the Traditionalist American Knights, Frasier Glenn Miller, who killed three people at a Jewish community center in Kansas just a week ago. He said Miller went "rogue."
He said the neighborhood watch is designed to soften the image of the KKK as many of its members are "somewhat discriminated against." He explained that the KKK has a chapter in every state except Hawaii, and that the membership rolls have to be kept secret for now because members who are outed could face job loss.
"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," he said.
Ancona was also sure to explain that the Traditionalist American Knights are not affiliated with skinhead or Neo-Nazi groups, and that background checks are run on every member who applies. Those with criminal records are not admitted.
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