The Westmoreland News recently did an article about the KKK recruitment efforts in the town of Colonial Beach. Apparently, the Ku Klux Klan has been leaving DVDs and flyers on people’s porches, encouraging interested citizens to join their ranks.
When the Virginia newspaper ran the story, however, they decided to print the flyer in its entirety next to the article. Needless to say, the paper’s readers were not happy with that decision.
“They posted the whole flyer as if they were giving them free advertising,” said Betty Tate Thompson, a Colonial Beach resident.
“It is utterly ridiculous that you would print something like this without thinking of the repercussions.” said another resident.
Danny Plott, the police chief that gave the flyer to the paper, was appalled at their decision to print it. He wrote a “strongly worded email” to the editor asking her WTF was she thinking when she decided to print it on the front page.
Plott said, “She explained that she wanted to put it in to show people that those of us in Colonial Beach who may think there’s not racism.”
Hmm, okay, but if that was your reasoning was it absolutely necessary to leave the contact number for the head of the KKK visible on the flyer? Seems it would have been easy to print an excerpt of the disgusting sentiments contained in the flyer without helping them in their recruitment campaign.
All the paper did was give them a bigger platform.