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Arrests Made for Posting KKK Flyers at Tennessee Black Churches

July 25, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Police in Columbia, Tennessee, have arrested two individuals in connection with the distribution of Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers outside three Black churches, reports ESSENCE.

The suspects, identified as 38-year-old Daniel Walls and a 17-year-old white male, were charged with Civil Rights intimidation by The Columbia Police Department. Authorities are currently investigating whether there were any accomplices involved in the incident.

The flyers were discovered outside Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel AME Church, and Faith United Missionary Baptist Church on July 12th.

Pastor Kenny Anderson Sr. of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church reported that some churchgoers found the flyers, allegedly left by the Old Glory Knights chapter of the KKK.

The full flyer read: “You have been paid another social visit by the Old Glory Knights of the Ku Klux Klan we have a dark history here and because of you a bright future! Be Warned. Race traitors, mixed breeds, communist, homosexuals, and all other walks of Godless degeneracy, the Klan is back again and here to stay, so you’d better make amends or stay away!!!”

“It says, ‘Be warned’ That lets me know now it’s a threat,” Anderson told WKRN-TV News. “I don’t see it as a prank; I don’t see it as just three churches; why not all of them? Well, I don’t care if it’s just one, it was still an act of hate and evil, and we have to stand against that.” 

According to the Associated Press, the Old Glory Knights, a purportedly new chapter of the KKK, also recently distributed flyers at a mostly Black church in Mississippi. This incident, which occurred approximately six weeks ago, raised concerns about racial tension in the region.

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified the Old Glory Knights as a relatively fresh addition to the KKK’s ranks, having emerged within the past year.

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