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NAACP president scolds Loudoun Board of Supervisors for ‘silence’ on KKK propaganda

Phillip Thompson, president of Loudoun NAACP. File Photo
Loudoun County NAACP President Phillip Thompson on Tuesday scolded the county’s Board of Supervisors for not publically stating that the Ku Klux Klan is not welcome in the area after the hate group spread propaganda fliers last month in Leesburg and other parts of Loudoun.

“What was equally disturbing was the silence from this board,” Thompson said. “The Klan is serious. They’re dangerous people. They’ve killed more African-Americans than ISIS or any other terrorist group you can come up with.”

Residents spanning Cornwall, Liberty, King and Wirt streets, as well as Memorial Drive and Whitney Place in Leesburg, on Jan. 12 received three sheets of KKK literature and candy in a plastic bag.

The literature included a flier, a printout of tweets and comics claiming upcoming white extinction. It also villainized African-Americans and Jewish Americans.

Leesburg Police Department spokesman Sam Shenouda said responding officers determined the packets to be general KKK propaganda and notified its federal partners about its existence.

“This board needs to make a statement about the Klan. I had thought about bringing a proposed statement for you, but I’m just going to let it lie right now because they’ll be back,” Thompson said. “And when they come back, we’re going to fill this chamber, and we’re going to let you know it’s time for you to step up and say something instead of sitting there silently while this evil persists in our community.”

After the NAACP leader's comment, some board members took the opportunity during their comments to denounce the hate group.

“Like I think many of us have done numerous times on social media, certainly I will denounce the KKK and say they’re not welcome in Loudoun County,” said Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run).

Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) denounced the KKK, but also said she followed up with the Leesburg Police Department after the incident and was told “that there really wasn’t anything to say,” as officers were working with federal law enforcement.

The incident wasn’t the first time the KKK has distributed recruitment propaganda in Leesburg or Loudoun County, and they have yet to find fertile ground, said Supervisor Kristen Umstaddt (D-Leesburg).

“But I think people are right to be watchful and worry and concerned,” she said.

The most outspoken was Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large). Randall is the first African-American to lead Loudoun County's governing body.

“Let me be clear about a couple of things. The Klan is a terrorist organization. They are thugs, they are racists, and they are killers,” Randall said. “I was asked to bring a proclamation to this board denouncing the Klan. There is no angel in heaven or demon in hell that will allow me to walk the Klan up onto this dais and do a proclamation. And if anyone who thinks all of us don’t severely and always denounce thugs, racists and terrorists don’t know the nine of us very well.”

Randall said a proclamation would never come to the dais as long as she is its chair.

“They don’t get the dignity of being on the dais with the nine of us,” she said.

Comments


Gee, I hope Thompson doesn’t get stopped by law enforcement for any traffic violation or he’ll claim they’re racist again. How is this guy still president of NAACP in Loudoun?


I agree with Chris N and Courtroom Overload; Phillip Thompson is all about getting his name in the news and has overplayed his hand to the point of irrelevancy. And, as Chris N mentioned, it has not been determined who distributed the flyers - the KKK or perhaps just a group wanting to stir up trouble?


the more we ignore & the less we speak   =  complicit (wd of yr)

nazis & kkk w/ tiki torches marched W/OUT permit on friday, aug. 11 on uva campus, threatening peaceful students and they did come back & were complicit in aug. 12 killing of heather heyer in ch’ville

“. . . and I did not speak out—
because I was not a ___ (fill in blank).
then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” martin niemöller


Wow,I agree with John M 100%!Great job.


Kudos to the NAACP for trolling our little right wing snowflakes…they rise to the bait every time…


FromHereNotAComeHere: I absolutely agree with you. I wrote the very same thing on this site when the Charlottesville nightmare took place. The KKK and supposed white supremacists like them, have been irrelevant for 40 years or more. The KKK in particular is seen as a joke, and since people stopped paying attention, they went back to their basements and looked at their hoods in the mirror. In Charlottesville, the group that had filed their permit to demonstrate should have been ignored completely and they would have crawled back under their rock. Instead, people freaked out, threw bottles of urine and other stuff at them and basically handed all the power to them. It’s like a comedian letting a heckler get under their skin, once the heckler knows that, he will show up again.
Simply ignore these buffoons, who, despite what the news media would like us to believe, do not represent enough of a percentage of human beings to even register on a scale.


Phillip Thompson lost all credibility a few months ago when he played the race card against an African American LCSO deputy who ticketed him for blowing past a stop sign.

Even if the said flyers were really distributed by the KKK, which is far from certain, Thompson’s voice has become so strained from “crying wolf” over the years, that it’s difficult to hear a single word he says anymore.


I see what’s going on here. This fake KKK narrative is going to take place of the fake Russian Collusion narrative going in to the 2018 mid terms to distract from real issues. Very Clever dems. Have to give Democrats credit, they know how to repeat a narrative until it becomes “truth”.


Two KKK articles in two days. Can we focus on a real issues for a change.


Yeah but the more we talk about the KKK, the more power they have. Why does the LTM, NAACP, etc., keep taking the bait? The Klan is powerless & irrelevant in the 21st century. That’s why the BOS is silent on the Klan-because it’s a waste of time.


Thompson has single handedly made the NAACP irrelevant in this county by his almost robotic reaction that everything is racist.


The statistics show that the 500 killings of white people attributed to blacks last year were the most since black perpetrators were determined to be responsible for the homicides of 504 white people nationwide in 2008.
There were 229 black lives taken by white killers last year, so who is the dangerous race! I live in fear that Randall may open fire from the dias.

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