A week before a planned White Lives Matter rally, a number of flyers were found in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, promoting the Ku Klux Klan.
The KKK flyers were found on Easter Sunday, reports KTLA. Huntington Beach Police were notified of the racist propaganda entitled “White Lives Are Important” and the image of a hooded figure and a burning cross from the Orange County Register.
A journalist shared a close-up of the KKK flyer on Twitter while correlating the ad’s connection to the violent KKK rally in Anaheim in 2016. “A little more about the KKK flyers distributed in downtown Huntington Beach this morning (edited, I’m not sharing your phone or website),” they wrote. “They are similar to what was used in North Carolina in 2016, the same year Will Quigg showed up in Anaheim.”
A little more about the KKK flyers distributed in downtown Huntington Beach this morning (edited, I don’t share your phone or website). They are similar to what was used in North Carolina in 2016, the same year Will Quigg showed up in Anaheim. https://t.co/3OBXxHshpd pic.twitter.com/mTZ0QS0rko
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Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr revealed the “countless emails expressing her anger over these leaflets and rallies” she had received in recent weeks.
“The KKK Airmen are in a cowardly attempt to raise support for a hateful cause that runs counter to Huntington Beach’s values of integrity, respect and inclusivity,” the mayor said in a statement. “We have no tolerance for racism in our city, and while we totally support the First Amendment, we are firmly against hiding behind it to promote hatred.”
City officials held an open meeting Monday night at which they voted to denounce white supremacy movements and anti-Asian hate crimes. “Tonight we will hopefully take decisive action against these concerns by denouncing hate crimes, particularly among Asian and Pacific islanders, denouncing white supremacy movements, and coordinating two events to promote diversity,” said Carr.
As of last week, residents have found similar KKK flyers in plastic bags outside their Newport Beach homes, the LA Times reports.