When I first visited the South, I was intrigued by the almost religious devotion the residents have to their interpretation of the Civil War, and how much of their identities are tied up in it. Another thing that struck me is the proliferation of Civil War cemeteries and how carefully tended they are. (Where I grew up, cemeteries were mostly overgrown places to play.) They're careful to say it's not about slavery or race, it's about history.
And then things like this rip off the facade:
Ku Klux Klan fliers were left at Selma homes on the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday."
Robert Jones, the grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK spoke with AL.com Sunday afternoon and said about 4,000 KKK fliers have been distributed throughout Selma and Montgomery in the last two weeks.
"We pretty much put out fliers, some against King and some against immigration," Jones said. "It's time for the American people to wake up to these falsehoods that they preach about MLK."
Jones said bags containing a flier and a rock were thrown onto the doorsteps of people's homes as KKK members drove by. He said the rock acted as a paperweight, and the homes that received fliers were random.
Jones said the KKK is not upset about the gathering in Selma over the weekend, saying "Everybody has a right to gather in this country, freedom of speech." However, he expressed frustration about the support for Martin Luther King, Jr. and said people are "supporting a man they don't know about."
According to Jones, the fliers were also a way to try to attract new members and to remind the community the KKK still exists.
"The Klan is still out there and we are watching," Jones said.
According to Ashley Thompson, reporter for CBS 8 Montgomery, residents on Selma Avenue alerted the news station about the fliers and said they called police.