Gresham, Oregon residents found flyers on their cars when they came out on the morning of November 6th outlining the great works of the Ku Klux Klan. The flyer was from the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan looking to recruit in the largely working class neighborhood. Portland, of which Gresham is a lower income suburb, is seeing mass gentrification and displacement from rising rents and working class communities that have been embedded in the city for decades are being pushed further out into places like Gresham. Right now, that east side area is largely made up of working class whites and first and second generation immigrant communities. This makes it one of the more multicultural areas in the city, though it still has a large lower-income white base.
This is likely the crowd and situation that the KKK is hoping to recruit from. Their large page format, a poorly designed outreach flyer, said that they had ten key goals for their organizing work. The letter is so poorly written that it is unreadable at parts, filled with bad grammar, misspellings, and sentence structure so incomplete that we are unsure at some points what it is even talking about. We are posting this letter in its entirety with all of its original language, so keep that in mind while reading it.
#1 Return Christian Morality to America: By getting prayer and the true teachings of the Christian morals our country was founded upon, back into our public school systems and American homes.
#2 Stop Homosexuality: The Bible states that “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with woman, it is an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.” (Lev 20:13). Death is being dealt by God thru Aids, but we need to stop homosexuality from being taught as an alternative lifestyle and same sex unitiies and adoption from corrupting America in the eyes of God.
#3 Stop Illegal Immigration: Give every law enforcement agent in America the right and obligation to check for proof of citizenship status on any immigrant, if it is not produce deport them. Treat illegal immigrants as teh criminals they really are!!!
#4 Equalize Taxation: Stop letting immigrants from opening businesses in America and not paying taxes for 7 years. And make immigrants and migrants in our country pay state and federal Income Tax like we have to. We have to pay for schools to educate their children, social security, health benefits, etc. for them!
#5 Stop foreign aid: America’s money should be used to take care of teh poor, the elderly, the disabled, and the homeless people IN AMERICA!!!!!!!
#6 Keep our Businesses here: Don’t let “free trade agreements” pull American businesses out of America to get cheaper labor and more production. Maintain quality workmanship for quality pay! BE AMERICAN, BUY AMERICAN!!
#7 Restore Law and Order: Reinstate the death penalty nation wide for murder and other horrific crimes. Execute in a timely manor (why pay to harbor these condemned criminals on death row?) Do away with racial profiling and let our law enforcement officers do their job, get the crime of our streets.
#8 End WHITE Discrimination: For every non white right our government passes they take away rights of the White Americans! “Equal opportunity” means the “minorities” get the jobs 1st, qualified or not!! “Racial profiling” means a WHITE cop can’t do his job, etc.
#9 Defend our right to bare arms: Criminals, Treasonists, and Communist minded “gun control lobbyist such as Sarah Brady, Rosie O’Donnell, Ted and Edward Kennedy etc. are the forefront of a campaign to disarm the American citizen. This act, not only leaves us defenseless in our own homes, it also takes away several recreational sports that are enjoyed by many Americans and takes away another right granted to us, but our forefathers in the Constitution of the United States of America, the 2nd amendment to be exact!!!!
#10 Stop Interracial relationships: The mixing of the Races has been forbidden since by God since the beginning of time. It is in the Bible, God told Moses to choose his wives from his own tribe (race) and keep his tribe (race) pure. Interracial partnerships were banned in most states until 1955 and should be now!! Since laws have evolved to the terrible state they are in today; it is up to those of us that show true PRIDE in our White race to teach our children and their children, and so on to Keep within our race and keep it pure as God wants !!!!!!
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The letter, an obviously embarrassing document showing someone poor deluded ideas and fears, is likely the work of a single person who wants to start some type of Klan chapter. What is frightening about this, however, is the possibility for racial violence on the outer east side of Portland, which is not new to the city. In 1988 Mulugeta Seraw was murdered by Neo-Nazi skinheads in Portland, starting a battle between Antifa and skinheads in the city. White Aryan Resistance was later sued, and Tom Metzger, their founder, was found liable for stoking the flames of racial violence. This is something for anti-fascist and anti-racist organizers in the area to keep an eye on, and begin building an anti-racist presence in these areas of the city.