Sioux Falls group responds to KKK fliers being found around the nation

Published: Aug. 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM CDT
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The community-wide response after the discovery of Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers continues in Sioux Falls.

While police say there's nothing illegal about the materials, the fliers evoke a strong response from many people; it’s something dozens of other American cities have also seen over the past month.

From Pennsylvania to Chicago to California, the exact same KKK fliers have been left in neighborhoods all over the country. They started appearing in headlines in late July, with new occurrences popping up every day.

“I was about a block away from my house and noticed this Ziploc baggie with candy in it on the sidewalk, and I didn't think much of it, so I just kept walking,” Sioux Falls mom Kristen Peterson said.

All of the fliers point to the same hotline that leads to a voicemail message littered with derogatory words and hatred toward people of color.

In response to the fliers recently discovered around Sioux Falls, Establishing Sustainable Connections, a local group designed to prevent racism, hatred and bigotry, said it’s important for everyone to speak out against the message those fliers spread.

“The KKK has always been clear about their intentions. The oppression and dehumanization of people of color will not be tolerated. Sioux Falls is a vibrant and diverse community, and we will not allow hatred and bigotry to flourish here,” the organization said.

It’s a similar outcry being echoed in communities across the nation.

“It’s sad. I think it’s just ignorance,” one Pennsylvania man said.