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KKK literature distributed around the Iron Range on MLK day

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VIRGINIA, MN -

While Virginia celebrated Martin Luther King day Monday, somebody was distributing dozens of Ku Klux Klan fliers along Highway 169 in Virginia, as well as in Britt and Embarrass. 

"Our community doesn't accept this kind of garbage. We don't want it distributed at all, and we're going to try to do something that ensures that it doesn't happen again," said Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. 

More than 50 years removed from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, community members are left in disbelief over the fliers. 

"I can't imagine that in this day and age, this could happen in our community. I mean, I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen this. It's very disturbing," said community member Sandy Wallin. 

The fliers have two phone numbers on them to the KKK hotline, which before prompting you to leave a message, says this to the caller:
"If you're white and proud, join the crowd and the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." At that point, it directs the caller to their website, and then says, "We hope Martin Lucifer Coon is burning in hell alongside Malcolm X. If you're white and proud join the crowd."

"This kind of stuff rears its ugly head and sets us back 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years," said Cuffe.  

One of the fliers says, "on Martin Luther King day, you are celebrating a Communist pervert."  The other reads, "Stand up for your rights, and the rights of your children. Join Today." 

Mayor Cuffe said city officials, along with their volunteer run Human Rights Commission are working on a measured response to the fliers, and aim to find out who distributed them, and why. 

"We don't know who distributed the fliers. We're making every conceivable effort to find who who distributed them," said Cuffe. 

With several other references on the fliers to white supremacy, t he community says these things aren't welcome.  

"It's very toxic. It's very poisonous, and we don't want that type of literature around our community," said Wallin.  

And Mayor Cuffe says the literature only spreads one message, "This is hatred. This is racism. And that is not tolerable" he said.  

Because the fliers don't specifically condemn minorities, and rather, promote white pride, the distribution of them is technically protected under free speech laws of the 1st Amendment, without violating hate speech laws. 

Cuffe said they will be releasing a measured response in the coming days.

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