KKK Raises Ugly Head in Tennessee

Published June 24, 2009

People who live in a predominately Black northeast Tennessee neighborhood say the Ku Klux Klan is trying to force them out.

They point to the flood of flyers from the White supremacist organization blanketing the lawns of Greeneville’s Meadowlark Subdivision. One of the flyers is titled “Wake Up White America & Take A Stand”; another is under the banner “10 Steps To A Better America.” The literature warns Whites to do what is necessary to ensure a safe future for “White Christian Children.”

The rumbling has attracted the attention of the NAACP, which argues that the Kingsport, Tenn.-based hate group broke the law.

“Why are you hating someone you don’t even know? “Johnson City-Washington County NAACP President Joyce Goines told TriCities.com. “You’re upsetting people and they may not know what’s going to happen when they leave their home or (when) they’re coming in at night.”

But the Greeneville Police Department disagrees.

“The only actual crime that occurred in this situation would be possibly littering,“ Greeneville Capt. Terry Webb said. “People might not agree with what they’re saying, but there was no threats of violence or anything along that line,” Webb said.

The KKK was founded in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1965, and used murder and intimidation to undercut rights for newly freed slaves.

Written by BET.com Staff

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