KKK propaganda spread in York County movie theater parking lot

Written by John Buffone and Sam Ruland/The York Daily Record | Aug 13, 2018 9:14 AM

Adam Driver, left, and John David Washington in "BlacKkKlansman." (David Lee/Focus Features)

Anne Gray was walking out of Regal Theater in West Manchester Township Saturday night when she saw a number of people visibly upset. 

When she got to her car, she understood why. 

Slipped into the door handle was a paper flier produced by the Ku Klux Klan. The flier was in response to the movie "BlacKkKlansman," which is based on the true story of an African-American detective infiltrating the KKK. 

"I was sad, but not surprised," Gray said. "I think it would be really hard if you're a minority and you see this. It has to feel like you're being attacked in your own town."

The flier negatively portrayed Jews, African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Catholics and the LGBTQ community. 

"I think it's important for those of us who are white to stand up and say this isn't representative of our community, or at least we don't want it to be," Gray said. "We don't want anyone to have this experience while they're just seeing a movie."

Gray, a substitute teacher and York resident, says the effects from something like this could last much longer than the initial shock of reading the flier.

"It's frustrating that kids are growing up thinking that this is what they're up against," she said. "They grow up thinking people hate them just for being who they are."

One KKK leader said he didn't understand why the fliers would upset anyone.

Robert Jones is identified as the "Grand Dragon" for a group called the "Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."

"They explain the truth," Jones said in reference to the fliers. "The movie is a bunch of fake news. It's just more Jewish propaganda, and in fact was offensive to us."

And Jones said the fliers will not stop in Pennsylvania. He said the group plans to distribute them all over the United States. 

"I hope people go out and inform themselves," Jones said. "If they did, they would see that the movie is unrealistic and inaccurate." 

West Manchester Township police could not be reached for comment, nor could a spokesperson for the movie theater.

Though there might not be legal ramifications, Gray hopes the incident will spark a conversation.

"I feel like we should talk about it. This is an opportunity to let people know this is out there," she said. "This is about more than one group. It's about this divisiveness people are trying to create."

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record.

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