CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The Ku Klux Klan distributed recruitment flyers around Clemson University and Oconee County in South Carolina Friday evening.
“It was very unsettling at first,” said Clemson student and director of the university’s Council of Diversity Affairs, Wanya Pridgen.
He says he didn’t expect to see something like the flyers on Clemson’s campus.
The university police are investigating the flyers that were placed on apartment doors. They say this situation wasn’t isolated, and flyers were distributed across Oconee County.
KKK members say they weren’t targeting the campus. Rob Locklear is an exaulted cyclops with the organization and handles a good deal of the recruitment phone calls. He says the group puts flyers where they know there are a lot of people.
“By going out and distributing our literature, we’re letting people know we are very much still relevant,” Locklear said. “We are very much still here.”
Locklear says the KKK is not a hate group but a separatists one, and says they don’t condone violence.
“We’re simply hated because of what history has made us out to be.”
However, members of Clemson’s community say the flyers could end up in the wrong hands.
“I do believe it can disrupt those with the minds that have the activity of being mean,” said Rosa Grayden, Clemson’s NAACP student chapter advisor.
She says the group has no place on Clemson’s campus.
“The KKK wants to bring in such divisive ways when we’re trying to unite as Clemson University.”
Clemson University police say they had two other racial incidents on campus over the past week with people using racial slurs. However, since they were reported so quickly, authorities were able to find the people behind it and stop them.