KKK Publication Appears in Martinsville; Officials Can Do Little

A Ku Klux Klan publication titled The Crusader has recently appeared on the doorsteps of some Martinsville residents.

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KKK pamphlets have begun showing up on Martinsville doorstops, but officials say though they disagree with the process, it's likely not illegal.

A Ku Klux Klan publication titled The Crusader has recently appeared on the doorsteps of some Martinsville residents.  The paper proclaims itself to be the “Political Voice of White Christian America,” and contains ads for “White Pride” products. But City Attorney Roger Coffin said there are no ordinances prohibiting the pamphlet’s distribution. And for it to be considered littering, Coffin says number distributed would have to be much greater.

“It would have to be so excessive that we would think we would have to take some kind of action, but I don’t have anything like that covered under our ordinances,” he said.

Coffin said he expects the event will be forgotten as quickly as it happened.

“It’s just some malicious activity that people are engaging in that will probably come and go, and two days from now nobody will remember it even happened,” Coffin said.

The publication’s content is protected by the First Amendment, but Coffin and other city officials say they still do not condone its distribution.

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