SANTA ANA, California - It's supposed to be a day to celebrate equality, but some saw it as an opportunity to spread hate. Anti-Martin Luther King, Jr. messages littered the homes of about a dozen Santa Ana residents on MLK Day. The racist propaganda, cops claim, was distributed by the Ku Klux Klan.
The garbage (which literally looked the part) consisted of ziplock bags containing rocks, KKK flyers and business cards. As if to sweeten the pitch, the Klan also threw in some candy into the bags. Not like that could sugarcoat the hate message. Police say at least forty baggies were found in front of neighborhood doorsteps, but since there's no specific threat to an individual or group, these barf-bags are being looked at as a hate incident and not a hate crime.
The flyers urged folks to join the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Watch-groups claim the Klan's dwindling membership numbers are the motives behind their door-to-door campaign. But instead of leaving unwanted bags of hate lying around a peaceful neighborhood, they should just keep them over their heads.