SEARCY, Ark. — Residents of Pangburn have seen something startling this week in their downtown area.
Someone has posted fliers about the White County Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The fliers only have a post office box address and a picture of an animated KKK member in the signature white pointed hood.
Pangburn Mayor Gary Doyle said he first noticed the fliers on Monday.
"I've seen at least two in the downtown area," Doyle said. "We've had a few people call with concerns about the fliers. The police department is investigating to find out who posted the fliers. They have also called the FBI to help."
Doyle said the FBI told the city that the bureau cannot do a lot to help because the posting of the fliers is not against the law.
"The only thing they've done wrong is that they posted the fliers on public utility poles," Doyle said.
The Klan's national director, Travis Pierce, said whoever is organizing the group in Pangburn is not associated with the Ku Klux Klan, LLC.
"They are a small, isolated group." Pierce said. "We are the real Klan. We've been recognized by the state and federal government. We've been chartered by the state of Arkansas. That's why we have the LLC (which stands for limited liability company)."
Pierce said that compared to this group, the national organization distributes literature with their name, phone number and e-mail address.
"They're hiding," he said. "They don't want to have any recognition."
He said that unofficial organizations such as the one in Pangburn form frequently throughout the country.
"There are probably more than 500 groups running around the country at one time, saying they are with the KKK," Pierce said. "But one after the other, they come and go. I've never heard of this group. They are probably just a bunch of kids that think they are doing something big."
As the national director of the organization, Pierce said he has spoken to all of the leaders of the official Klans in the country. He said he does not know who is leading the Pangburn group.
"We are a professional organization," he said. "We are working on bills for the U.S. Senate. That's the kind of things we do.
"I'm not trying to run them down, but we have no connection with them. If they do something stupid, that's their fault, not ours."
Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/