As president of the Worcester County Branch of the NAACP, I have been contacted by many community members (both Black and White) asking what is the NAACP doing about the “racial flyers” that some Worcester residents found in their driveways.
* What We Know – Several residents in Ocean Pines, Berlin, West Ocean City and Stockton reported finding racist flyers from the Ku Klux Klan on their driveways last week. The Ocean Pines police investigated the incident.
When a reporter called the North Carolina number, listed on the flyer, the phone was answered by a voicemail message from the Loyal White Knights (of the KKK).
* What We Have Done – I have contacted the Ocean Pines Police, the Worcester County Sheriff and the Worcester County State’s Attorney. All have expressed their concern for this incident.
Police Chief David Massey, of Ocean Pines PD has been quoted as saying, “The only crime is littering.” So, without a way to prove who littered our county with this hate, there is no legal action that can be taken.
* Thoughts - I have spent a great deal of time considering what should be done as a response to these flyers. Sometimes behaviors must be dealt with directly.
Other times the ignorance speaks for itself and the less attention given the better. We do not know who distributed these flyers. If we did, they could be charged.
The content is offensive and has no place in our society. Many believe that these flyers were brought into Worcester County and not distributed by individuals from our county.
I pray that is the case. I believe that the vast majority of the residents of Worcester find this propaganda offensive.
Ironically, the flyers were weighted down by cat litter, a product designed to absorb waste products.
Cat litter was used to distribute a flyer that belongs nowhere but in the trash.
Trash is offensive when it is anywhere, but in the trash can. Let’s remove these racists thoughts from our county and the world. Together let’s place them permanently where they belong, in the trash.
* The racist flyer invites others to “join our struggle.”
Ironically, I continue saying the same thing to all residents of Worcester County.
Join with the NAACP to make it clear that racism has no place in Worcester County (nor our nation or world).
For information about joining the Worcester County Branch of the NAACP you can contact me at email@example.com.
Ivory P. Smith Sr.
President Worcester County Branch NAACP