KKK members leave pamphlets in Ga. driveways, say MLK 'was not a saint'

    Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan left pamphlets in Centerville, Ga. driveways on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, that accused King of being a socialist among other things. (WGXA/Brittany Collins)

    CENTERVILLE, Ga. (WGXA) - A KKK group left pamphlets on many Centerville driveways as the nation celebrated MLK Day.

    The Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan left the pamphlets for residents on Bassett Street, Evelyn Drive and Davis Drive.

    The pamphlets said "Wake Up America" and accused Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., other African Americans, and Jews of supporting socialism. They also stated that their group was part of a "massive recruiting drive."

    Centerville resident John Brumfield found the pamphlet near his mailbox and said he's never seen anything like it.

    "I just kind of threw it away, because it's something I was never interested in and have no desire to get involved with," Brumfield said.

    Brumfield said that because the pamphlets were passed out on MLK Day, citizens would be especially upset.

    "They could have picked any other days, but they picked that one," Brumfield said.

    One Centerville resident who wanted to remain anonymous said she helped fight for everything that MLK stood for and was upset that the Sacred Knights would try to start controversy.

    Eddie Smelgrove, a member of the Sacred Knights, said he believes the truth is overshadowed by what King accomplished.

    "He was not a god," Smelgrove said. "He was not a saint. He did make mistakes. He did have flaws. The children can tell you in school today that they're not being taught about the real man."

    Smelgrove said there are other people who impacted this country.

    "The Civil War and things that like that played a big part in the freeing of the slaves and slavery days," Brumfield said. "It's like my kids seem and the kids of people that I know seem to see the only only education they have is Martin Luther King."

    Smelgrove said the flyers were also passed out to let whites know there are people standing up for them.

    "We're still fighting to survive in the ground that we're losing over," Smelgrove said. "Because of the things that happens that our ancestors done that we already proven to do what we can do to make up for it and make everybody equal."

    He said the pamphlets aren't meant to target anyone, but he believes the white race is becoming the new minority.

    "None of my kids can go to school wearing a shirt that says 'White' on it anywhere," Smelgrove said. "My kids have actually been sent home from school for wearing a shirt that says, 'White Pride.'"

    The Sacred Knights' website states that the group is headquartered in Rockledge, Georgia. Those who don't want to receive their pamphlets can unsubscribe at their website.

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