KKK flier June 2021

Printouts advertising Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were found in Leesburg and Ashburn on June 24.

For the second time in six months, Ku Klux Klan propaganda printouts were found in driveways in Loudoun County on June 24, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Printouts advertising Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were placed in the driveways of several homes along Cross Timber Drive, Citation Drive and Deer Chase Place in Ashburn, as well as Wallace Drive, Alpine Drive and Gleedsville Road in Leesburg.

The LCSO and the Leesburg Police Department are currently investigating the matter.

LCSO Director of Media Relations and Communications Kraig Troxell said there is no indication that households that received fliers were targeted.

The fliers — which were found enclosed in bags filled with birdseed — refer to ongoing controversies at Loudoun County Public Schools.

These include the Loudoun County School Board’s draft policy on transgender and nonbinary students’ rights, as well as allegations that the school system has adopted critical race theory.

“Loudoun County, VA — oppose queer-loving, CRT-crazy School Board!” the fliers read in capital letters.

“Citizens, work together with law enforcement — we’ll need each other to stop the Communists!!!,” the text continues. The fliers conclude, “100% Americanism — pray for white Americans.”

Leesburg resident Michael Jacques told the Times-Mirror he stumbled upon a flier at the end of his driveway on Wallace Drive around 7:30 a.m.

He said he took a walk up the street and noticed fliers on multiple driveways on both Wallace Drive and Alpine Drive.

“I wouldn’t say [I was] surprised, but I would say that my reaction was more disgusted,” Jacques said. “It’s trash and somebody threw it on my property.”

A similar incident was reported in Fairfax County two weeks ago, according to Town of Leesburg Assistant Public Information Officer Leah Kosin.

KKK propaganda fliers have popped up in Loudoun County several times over the last few years.

Former Leesburg Town Councilman Ron Campbell told the Times-Mirror on Thursday that he first remembered such an incident occurring “five or six years ago.”

“This is nothing new,” he said. “It’s part of a very carefully orchestrated attempt to continue to sow this kind of discord and hate in the community.”

“They don’t even have enough courage to bring it forward during the day; they throw it on people’s lawns late at night,” Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk said Thursday. “It’s not wanted, it’s not needed, it’s not necessary and they’re trying to rile people up.”

Racist materials were found in the driveways of Sterling residents on Jan. 16 of this year, two days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Similar printouts — also enclosed in bags of birdseed — were distributed the day before MLK Day in Loudoun in both 2018 and 2019.

Campbell, who is Black, added that he has “experienced more than just fliers” in the way of racism in Loudoun County.

“I’m also a person who was standing out on a street corner … and guys rode by in a truck and yelled the N-word,” he said. “It just doesn’t go away and it won’t go away.”

Loyal White Knights is one of the KKK’s “largest and most active groups” in the U.S., according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact LCSO Detective Pickrell at 703-777-1021 or submit a tip through the LCSO app, which is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Leesburg residents can report suspicious activity to the LPD at 703-771-4500 or give anonymous tips at 703-443-8477.

Reporter Nathaniel Cline contributed to this report.

(3) comments

jke

Letter shows pride!

jke

I need a shirt with the verbiage minus the organization.

jke

Outside of littering everything stated is protected by the first amendment so what is the crime?

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