KKK Literature Distributed in Leesburg

Several residents in downtown Leesburg found literature promoting the white supremacist agenda of the Ku Klux Klan on their doors over the weekend.

Leesburg Police Department spokesman Officer Sam Shenouda said the agency received three formal complaints over the weekend from residents in the town’s historic district. Residents said the material included cartoons and candy and may have been targeted to a youth audience.

However, there’s not much the police department can do about it. “It’s not illegal to do that,” Shenouda said of the distribution. The content promoted the KKK’s racist views, but did not include threats, and is generally protected speech under the First Amendment.

The office would share information about the incidents with regional law enforcement agencies who monitor hate group activities, he said.

5 thoughts on “KKK Literature Distributed in Leesburg

  • 2017-10-30 at 5:20 pm
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    Let me get this right: Somebody (and no one was seen doing this) was putting a 4th grade level KKK drawing on doors in the wealthiest neighborhood in town because why?

    This makes zero sense, and likely a hoax.

  • 2017-10-30 at 6:45 pm
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    Your comment is reflective of something more concerning than the nonsense, racist garbage that was left in several neighborhoods that included more than historic downtown and the “4th grade KKK drawing.”
    And that is your first reaction to dismiss and cast doubt regarding the circumstances of its occurrence. Is there a reason for that? Do you not see how these relatively judged “small incidence,” are not part and parcel of the larger issue of more flagrant and emboldened acts of racism that have fueled current divisiveness in our community and country?
    I am sorry this one doesn’t “rank” with you. Just know that if it was you who had been on the receiving end, many of us would not cast doubt as the first instinct.

  • 2017-10-31 at 7:27 am
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    “Several neighborhoods?” Odd that’s not mentioned in the article. If you’re correct, then I’m even more skeptical that not one single person saw the people who did this.

    Look at this logically; Some one, or some group, goes around to ‘several neighborhoods’ (Still nobody saw anything, right?) with a childish rendition of… some person and a train and the names of people nobody even knows, and we’re suddenly suppose to think we’re under siege, and all just a week before a statewide election?

    Even more strange, we’re supposed to believe, that suddenly out of the dirt, the KKK is in Loudoun County. How odd.
    I’ve lived here my entire life knowing a rich diversity of people. Not once, ever, have I heard whispered, spoken about, or read about any Klan activity. And now suddenly, in 2017, they’re prowling around our neighborhoods with handbills and candy, and nobody saw nothing? When nearly every home has a camera, there’s nothing?

    That’s what we’re supposed to fall for? I’m always a skeptic when it comes to politics, and this has the rank smell of politics all over it.

    Likely, this is a fringe element of the Party that gave birth to the Klan; desperate, irrational, and half way racist themselves. And they expect you AJH, and everyone who received one of these silly handbills to fall for for their gimmick.

    You watch — nobody will dig down on this. Because it will lead back to some very embarrassed people. Somebody paid for this, and there will be no effort to find out who. This will disappear. I thank you for your concern, but nobody is sticking one of these on my door, not without wishing they’d skipped my house.

  • 2018-01-13 at 8:44 pm
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    Dear Friends,

    Once again the ugly issues of hate and intolerance have surfaced in our community. Last night on January 12th flyers were distributed in many communities throughout Leesburg and Loudoun County that contained messages of hate, disrespect and lies toward the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    We know that those who would use this as a call to action to join a white supremacist group are doing so because of the intolerant attitudes being expressed towards people and nations at this time in our Country.

    The time and opportunity is upon us all to act and share our love and support for the ideals embodied in our nation’s creed and in our firm belief that love conquers hate.

    I call upon all of us to join at two community events, tomorrow Sunday January 14th at 4pm at which time the Loudoun Coral is sponsoring a program at the Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Avenue SW and on Monday January 15th at 10:00am at the Loudoun County Court House to participate in the march honoring Dr. King and show your support in celebration of the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ideals he embodied.

    Now is not the time for us discount these actions that have been widely posted on community facebook sites. Neither is it time to respond quietly because no crime has been committed. Our united response can be in our presence standing together and giving no safe place for hate in our community.

    I have spoken directly to Leesburg Chief of Police Greg Brown and he assures me that his team is ready to serve and protect and will continue to monitor the distribution of these materials in our community.
    I look forward to seeing you and sharing the love.

    Respectfully,

    Councilman Ron Campbell

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