Neighbors in one section of Saratoga Springs woke up this past weekend to find pamphlets left on their cars that appear to have been handed out by the Ku Klux Klan. Our Matt Hunter reports.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratogian Linda LeTendre lives one block away from Woodlawn Avenue, where several of her neighbors woke up to find pamphlets advertising the Ku Klux Klan left on their cars Sunday morning.
"Absolutely appalled,” LeTendre said Monday morning. “I was appalled, I was sickened, I was angry, I was sad all at the same time."
According to Saratoga Springs Police, four different versions of the flyer were put out, featuring expressions like "Stop Homosexuality and Race Mixing," and "Love Your Own Race." A number printed on one sends callers to a voicemail box claiming to represent the KKK.
“This has been a message from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. White Power,” the message ends.
"We don't support it, don't support these recruiting activities in Saratoga and we're hoping this is just one aberration that will go away," Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin said.
According to officials, leaving pamphlets of any kind on vehicles and porches violates a city code but does not rise to the level of a criminal offense.
"We take it seriously, but there's not a lot we can do right now because, again, there's no criminal law that was broken," Martin said.
A member of the Saratoga Peace Alliance, LeTendre responded Monday by distributing pamphlets of her own, stating "All Peoples are Welcome in Saratoga Springs."
"We're trying to recruit people to make the world a better place for everyone and to make and keep Saratoga that kind of open hearts and open minds kind of city," LeTendre said.
While this is not the first time flyers like this have been dispersed in town, activists like LeTendre believe they will never find a welcome audience in the Spa City.
"They'll stick their ugly head up from time to time, but we will never, in this city, we will never let that happen without having an answer and saying 'that's not who we are, and it's not OK,' " LeTendre said.
Anyone with information about the flyers is asked to contact local police at (518) 584-1800.