KKK flyers found in BG neighborhood

Published 4:05 pm Monday, October 2, 2023

By Jake Moore, Bowling Green Daily News

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for video of the person, or persons, who littered Ku Klux Klan flyers across the Grider Pond area of Bowling Green.

According to WCSO, the office received a call from a concerned citizen on Sunday advising that flyers, which bear the Trinity White Knights insignia and feature a hooded KKK member, had been found scattered across driveways.

The flyers instruct readers to report “crime and drug dealers” to a 24-hour hotline, accompanied by a phone number. Attempts to contact the number are met with a recorded message informing callers they have reached the Trinity White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

“We are a law-abiding, patriotic, Christian organization serving white men, women and children,” the message states.

The flyers claim the public can “sleep sound tonight” because the “Klan is awake.”

“The inflammatory nature of this trash purports to create division and a sense of authority,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “We as an agency purpose to serve all of our citizens fairly in a community where we value unity and the rule of law.”

Bowling Green is not the first community to receive KKK-branded pamphlets this year.

Similar materials popped up in places like Mount Sterling, Corbin, Louisville’s Fern Creek neighborhood and Clifton, Ohio, in early summer.

The same flyers that were reported in Warren County were also found in East Nashville over the weekend.

A senior research analyst with the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, who wished to remain anonymous for their personal safety, told the Daily News that the Trinity White Knights are an active KKK group most likely formed in the early 2010s.

“The Trinity White Knights are real and need to be treated as such,” the analyst said.

They added that the group is most likely dropping the flyers for recruitment purposes, intimidation, attention or “all of the above.”

“From my perspective, this is a ‘don’t forget we’re here’ kind of thing,” the analyst said.

They urged residents to be vigilant, not afraid.

“It needs to be taken seriously but also within the proper context,” the analyst said. “The Klan isn’t the predominant threat among white supremacy organizations today.”

WCSO is urging people to contact the office at (270) 842-1633 if they have any information regarding who dropped the litter.