Towne Lake resident Gary Parkes was shocked when he woke up Wednesday morning to discover that Ku Klux Klan fliers had been distributed throughout his Township Place neighborhood.
The flier, he said, was placed in a plastic sandwich bag and weighed down with small rocks before being thrown into his driveway overnight.
“You don’t expect something like this to happen in 2016,” said Parkes, whose children walked past the flier on their way to the school bus. “They easily could have picked it up.”
Cherokee County deputies responded to one of the homes in the neighborhood Wednesday after receiving a call from a concerned resident about the nature of the flier, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
Baker said though many people find it disturbing, the distribution of KKK literature is not against the law.
“My initial reaction was, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,” said Parkes, who planned to discuss the fliers with his children when they returned home from school Wednesday afternoon.
Parkes, who is Jewish, said he didn’t think the attack was personal since some of his Baptist and Catholic neighbors also received the fliers in their driveways.
“It was geographically targeted to my subdivision but not toward any particular home,” he said.
Township Place is part of the three-neighborhood Towne Lake Hills South community near Woodstock High School. A mile into the subdivision, Parkes said he could the tiny bags litter the driveways of many homes as he exited his neighborhood Wednesday morning.
“This is not the first time someone has done this,” Baker said. “Their method of operation seems to be the same. They always have a piece of paper in a little plastic bag with a rock inside the bag. They occasionally target driveways in different areas of the county.”
The flier contained a Biblical quote from Deuteronomy and seemed to target transgender people.
“Transgender is an abomination according to the King,” the flyer reads. “A woman shall not wear that pertaineth unto to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment. All that do are an abomination.”
The flyer goes on to say that transgender Americans “jeopardize the safety of bathrooms all across the nation,” and suggests that those confused about their gender identity commit suicide using “a tree out in the backyard.”
Parkes, who has lived in the home for 19 years, said he couldn’t believe the KKK would stop by his house in the middle of the night to distribute material and attempt to recruit people.
It goes on to list a KKK hotline, a website accepting donations, and encourages enrollment into the “Loyal White Knights of the KKK” chapter.
“Although troubling, it is not against the law for them to distribute fliers within the county,” Baker said.
This isn’t the first time this year a Cherokee County subdivision has been the target of KKK-related literature. In July, Canton residents of the Great Sky community woke up to find Klan fliers in their driveways.
Those fliers were racist in nature.
“It’s shocking to people to see it,” Baker said. “You hear about the KKK every now and then but you don’t think about them being active in your area.”
He said identical fliers were distributed in the county around Avery Road two years ago.