Thursday, July 10, 2008
White Activists Distribute Klan Flyers Focusing On Immigration And Education In Santa Cruz, California
On July 10th, 2008, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that fliers promoting a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed in two Mid-County neighborhoods this week, alarming some residents. However, sheriff's deputies said the two men seen passing out the literature were not arrested because they weren't breaking any laws. "They weren't prowling, they weren't selling anything and they weren't vehicle tampering," Sgt. Fred Plageman said.
Santa Cruz Gardens residents found the dew-soaked fliers on their windshields Tuesday morning July 8th. The neighborhood, off Thurber Lane, apparently had been papered early Tuesday. A deputy spoke with the men, one of whom was on probation for vandalism, but then let them go. The men, who are college-age, were seen again Tuesday night, this time off Soquel Drive on Monterey Avenue, according to the Sheriff's Office. The University of California at Santa Cruz is in the area, but it was not reported whether or not the two men are students at the school.
The men apparently placed the majority of their fliers on vehicles parked in the road and took care not to enter residents' private property, including driveways.
Plageman said the fliers, though offensive to many people, do not say anything illegal and do not constitute a hate crime. "It appears they were circulating material that was more political in nature," Plageman said.
One flier focuses on illegal immigration. Another talks about securing "the existence of our white people and a future for white children" and a third attempts to explain why the group sometimes burns crosses. The ceremony is actually referred to as "cross-lighting", and originated centuries ago in Scotland when clans used to erect lighted crosses on hilltops to communicate with other clans. Nowadays, the light of the cross symbolizes the Light of Christ dispelling darkness and ignorance. It is the fire of the cross that is a reminder of the cleansing "fire" of Christ that cleanses evil from the land.
The typewritten, full-color fliers ask people to join the KKK in preserving a "white Christian civilization" and lists the contact information for the California Chapter of the Church of the United Realm of America of the Ku Klux Klan, which is based in Ukiah and is one of several independent KKK sects in the country.
The chapter did not respond to e-mails asking if there was a Santa Cruz County KKK group. Sheriff's deputies said they knew of no organized KKK groups in the county, but said there are several loose-knit white supremacist and skinhead groups in the area, predominantly in the San Lorenzo Valley.
Last month in Capitola (just east of Santa Cruz), residents reported an older white man had taped anti-Mexican leaflets to vehicle windshields and front doors on two streets. Those fliers were hand-written on a photocopied Border Patrol letterhead.
A Topix Discussion Forum on this event is active, and many respondents are expressing approval of the distribution. It is heartwarming to see an increasing number of whites acquire racial consciousness. But California is exposed to diversity on a daily basis, and forced diversity promotes race-consciousness among whites.