The KKK is obviously trying to reinvent themselves now that racism is dead in post-racial America. A few weeks ago one of their affiliates said they were reshaping their reputation and that they were a “Christian organization.” They also claimed to be an inclusive bunch open to all types of people. And now this “Traditionalist” group is starting a neighborhood watch group.
According to Frank Ancona, the Imperial Wizard of the local chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as reported by PennLive, “It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement.” Ancona added, “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”
This from the organization’s website:
The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a White Patriotic Christian organization that bases its roots back to the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century. We are a non-violent organization that believes in the preservation of the White race and the United States Constitution as it was originally written and will stand to protect those rights against all foreign invaders. We believe in the right to bear arms against all that threaten our home and family.
So why the need for a neighborhood watch group in the area of Ridge Road in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania? Well, aside from boredom and the need to appear friendlier, according to the Imperial Wizard, the idea is in response to a recent rash of break-ins. I don’t know how true, but according to Ancona, people are complaining that local police are not doing much about it.
A number of people recently called the Traditional American Knights hotline from Fairview Township saying they don’t believe the local police department is doing enough to combat a recent string of break-ins in the area, Ancona said.
He said he doesn’t necessarily believe the accusations against the police are true. But he does believe local police departments can get overwhelmed by crime and could use an extra hand looking out for criminals. Hence, the neighborhood watch.
Nine vehicles were reportedly broken into earlier this month at the FedEx facility off Industrial Drive in Fairview Township. Another man broke into several vehicles in the township in March. But he also was caught. And a robbery attempt at a Fairview Township home was foiled in January after police said the homeowner caught him in the act and pinned him to the ground.
[…] Ancona described Pennsylvania as a “strong Yankee state” for his organization with a large membership base. The group’s “realm of greater Pennsylvania” encompasses West Virginia and western New York.
“Members could be the guy who is delivering your pizza. It could be law enforcement from the local sheriff’s office. It could be the nurse taking care of you in the emergency room,” Ancona said.
He stressed that the KKK is not affiliated with the neo-Nazi and skinhead movements. And Ancona said residents of Fairview Township should be relieved the neighborhood watch is underway.
Look, all jokes aside, this is troubling. What this says to me is that there may be a few black and brown folks who may have recently moved into the area. Not that I’m suggesting that they are responsible for the uptick in break-ins. However, by them being there, their presence has given rise to the KKK to create an excuse to inflict their form of justice in the interest of “preservation of the White race and the United States Constitution as it was originally written,” upon people of color.