Editor: On Oct. 30, some Leesburg residents were greeted with literature left on their lawns, promoting the white supremacist agenda of the Ku Klux Klan. The Leesburg police are investigating the incidents, but as of now it looks like this flyer is protected under the 1stamendment to our constitution, which protects free speech.
I am disgusted and ashamed that someone would think that Leesburg is a place that would welcome any thoughts of white supremacy. Leesburg is a town that is welcoming to all law-abiding people. I am very proud and excited that Leesburg’s population is diverse and varied. It is a one of our strengths.
While the flyer was not overtly threatening and did not call directly for violence, the history of bigotry, brutality, cruelty and bloodshed of the Klan is threatening to African Americans, Jews, gays and other groups. Many people are feeling scared that America and Leesburg are not like they used to be.
I hope we are not returning to what it used to be. I remember growing up in a Virginia that had “whites only” signs on water fountains, segregated schools, and laws preventing white and black people from marrying each other. Going back to that kind of thinking is not an option despite what the Klan may want. Most Leesburg residents want a peaceful, united society that does not judge people on the color of their skin but on the quality of their character. It is sad that today anyone would promote segregation, white supremacy, or any other viewpoint that would divide us rather than unite us!
As mayor of Leesburg, I want to assure the residents that the police will do all they can within the law of the land to make sure people are safe and that the council will continue to work toward making Leesburg a place we all are proud to call home.
Mayor Kelly Burk, Leesburg