Ku Klux Klan drops 'calling cards' in Tennessee yards with Biden signs
Menacing Ku Klux Klan calling cards dropped in yards of Tennessee residents displaying Biden signs
- Neighbors say campaign signs were vandalized and cards from the ‘Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’ were left on two lawns in Shelbyville
- Cards dropped early Sunday say the KKK visit was a ‘social’ one and hints at a ‘business call’ next time
- Police say this activity, which goes back several years, hasn’t seemed to racially target anyone and that vandals have hit signs from both political parties
- The town was the site of a ‘White Lives Matter’ rally in 2017
Calling cards purporting to be from the Ku Klux Klan have stirred up fear in Joe Biden supporters in a small Tennessee town.
Shelbyville resident Breana Green said on Sunday she found 20 of the KKK cards littering the lawn of a neighbor who had displayed a Biden/Harris campaign sign.
‘You Have Been Paid A Social Visit By The Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan,’ the cards read. ‘Don’t Make The Next Visit A Business Call.’
An illustration depicts a hooded horseman holding a flaming cross.
Shelbyville resident Breana Green said she found 20 Ku Klux Klan calling cards strewn about a neighbor’s yard Sunday. The cards were dropped in a yard displaying a Biden campaign sign
Police say the cards, which have been found in at least two Biden supporters’ yards in Shelbyville, don’t seem to be evidence of a pattern of racial targeting
Green said she saw tire tracks on the lawn that displayed a sign for the Democratic presidential ticket.
‘It’s really scary. It’s scary knowing that just supporting a presidential candidate can incite this kind of vandalism,’ Green told News 4 Nashville.
Another woman told the news station that her friend found the same card after their Biden/Harris sign was stolen.
Shelbyville police said signs from both major political parties have been stolen. They say they haven’t received any formal reports from residents and don’t see a pattern of racial intimidation.
‘We don’t believe that it’s targeting specific races. We believe that it’s targeting certain neighborhoods that would even be predominantly white,’ Deputy Police Chief Brian Crews told Nashville Public Radio. ‘I think most people just view it as trash.’
Green, who supports liberal causes on her social media accounts, said she’s worried the Klan could target her family next
Green, who supports liberal causes on social media, fears her family might be next.
‘There’s some anxiety that people could be targeted in my family. Just people in the community could be targeted as well. I just don’t think this should be something that we’re dealing with in 2020,’ Green said to News 4.
A town of 22,000 that’s about 71 percent white and 14 percent black according to 2019 Census data, Shelbyville was the site of a ‘White Lives Matter’ rally that attracted over 200 far-right demonstrators in 2017.
Shelbyville was the site of a 2017 White Lives Matter rally that drew over 200 white nationalists and other far-right demonstrators
A tattoo of SS Bolts, a common white-supremacist symbol, on the head of a demonstrator at the 2017 White Lives Matter rally in Shelbyville, Tenn.
The rally, held October 28, 2017, was the first large white-nationalist rally in the U.S. following the violent Unite the Right rally earlier that year in Charlottesville, Va., where James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring others. He was later convicted of first-degree murder.
The Shelbyville White Lives Matter rally, which drew hundreds of counter-protesters, was largely peaceful and resulted in one arrest when a counter-protester jumped a barrier and advanced to the white nationalist side.
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