Many upset over racist propaganda and some Robeson County yards
Robeson County, N.C. (WPDE) —
Many residents in the small Robeson County community Red Springs are deeply disturbed that someone put racist propaganda in the yards of two families on Main Street in the community.
Red Springs Police Department issued the following news release last week on the situation:
"In the past week, the Red Springs Police Department has had reports of racist propaganda and paraphernalia thrown in the yards of citizens of the town according to Major Kim Monroe. Monroe said the department has received a report of a plastic bag containing racially charged remarks written on white paper with the insignia of the Loyal White Knights. Monroe said, presently we do not have any information about the organization, it’s origin or who is distributing the paraphernalia. Chief Ronnie Patterson encourages anyone with information about the items to call the Police Department immediately. We ask anyone who may find one of these type bags to place it in a secure location and contact the Police Department. If anyone witnesses this activity, Chief Patterson says there is certainly no harm telling the distributors to stay off their property not to return or face possible prosecution. "
The literature criticized African Americans saying, "bankrupting America with prison costs and breaking down our justice system into the joke it is today."
The material also says African Americans are "selling drugs to our children so they can go out and buy bling."
Several residents in the town said they can't understand why someone would want to spread hate.
"Disgusting, let's put it like that. That's the word I can use. It's not, you know, it's 2018, they need to do better. You know it's not the 1900's no more. We are all one color. You know we all bleed red. Is what it is," said Sally Locklear.
"People is just hateful. You never know who's out there wanting to do what against you. We have bad times sometimes. But when it all comes to it, Red Springs is like a whole family. Our community family. They shoulda left that in the 1900's. It's 2000's. Now it's time to get out of racial comments, racial slurs," added Adrianna Castrejon.
Linda Dial said the racist propaganda isn't the character of Red Springs.
"I think they in the wrong town. Because we here all of us, we don't see color. Blacks marry whites. Whites marry blacks, Indians. Indians marry blacks, whites. We all is the same, that's the way we think. We don't have prejudice. You will find it around here in some places, but not too often," said Dial.
Rev. Bradley Boberg is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Red Springs.
Boberg posted about the incident last week on social media.
He added he and other ministers in Red Springs are working to spread love among all people and not hate.
"Any act of racism, is unacceptable. It's something that, as a pastor, it grieves my heart. We are all made in the image of God. No matter what color under the rainbow we come out. We are a part of God's rich tapestry. His diverse creation. And God . And to specifically target or denounce particular groups of people, to me it's just totally against what God has done in creation. And so it grieved me. It grieves me for my neighbors who were targeted. By such heinous and callous acts. Red Springs is the town that has embraced its diverse city. Of course, there have been moments where people haven't gotten along. But for the most part, we love each other. We cherish a job there. This totally counters who we are as a people. And it speaks to the evil that's in the world that is against what we, as a whole, as Red Springs truly just find repulsive," said Rev. Boberg.
We tried to contact the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to see if they know anything about the letters, but we're not able to find any contact information for the organization.