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KKK flyers in KY on the rise, Black Republican attorney general silent

By Lee Cleveland - July 14, 2023

Since March, KKK flyers have been appearing across Kentucky, signaling the increasing confidence of far-right extremists. It was in May that the flyers gained widespread attention when Louisville residents took to social media to raise awareness. The flyers, found in various neighborhoods, contained alarming messages targeting racial minorities, LGBTQ individuals, and those with diverse backgrounds.

One of the flyers warned against “race traitors, mixed breeds, communists, homosexuals, and all other walks of Godless degeneracy,” proclaiming the return of the Klan. Another flyer disparaged multiracial individuals as “mongrels” and cited Bible verses to promote anti-LGBTQ sentiments.

Escalation in June
In June, reports emerged from Lexington that another chapter of the KKK had distributed flyers presenting themselves as a neighborhood watch group. These flyers encouraged residents to report “crime and drug dealers” to the KKK, raising concerns among civil rights advocates. Whit Whitaker, the president of the Lexington NAACP, expressed fears that these reports could be exploited by the Klan to target Black individuals.

An alarming incident occurred when two alleged Klansmen confronted an LGBTQ rights rally in Corbin. The confrontation escalated with verbal abuse, and one of the individuals even brandished a firearm. This incident further highlighted the potential danger posed by the KKK and its members.

And the KKK is not the only far-right organization making its presence felt in Kentucky. The Proud Boys, known for their extremist ideologies, have also begun distributing flyers within the state. The open activities of these groups reflect a sense of empowerment, and it is crucial to understand the factors contributing to their rise.

Implications for Kentucky and Beyond
The resurgence of the KKK and the rise of far-right extremism in Kentucky raise significant concerns about the safety and well-being of marginalized communities. The distribution of hate-filled flyers, coupled with the lack of public condemnation from Kentucky’s Republican attorney general, Daniel Cameron, highlights the need for robust responses from both political leaders and civil society.

So, why isn’t the attorney general, a Black Republican who happens to be running for governor, budging?

Perhaps he’s concerned about offending his GOP pals, some of whom might be sympathetic to the Klan?

Or maybe he simply doesn’t care.

The lack of substantial opposition from Republican leaders further exacerbates the issue as prominent figures like Ron DeSantis, currently a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, have openly embraced anti-LGBTQ sentiments in both their policies and campaigning.

Political Context
The political landscape in the United States, particularly during the Trump administration, played a role in emboldening far-right groups. Former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policy positions targeting LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and immigrants have been widely criticized. In a notable 2020 presidential debate, Trump addressed the Proud Boys, telling them to “stand back and stand by.”

Some far-right groups interpreted this statement as a call to action.

In conclusion, the KKK flyers in Kentucky serve as a stark reminder of the persistent challenges posed by far-right extremism. It is crucial for society to stand united against hate, bigotry, and discrimination, ensuring the safety and inclusivity of all individuals.


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