Published On: Wed, Mar 5th, 2014

Boca Residents Recruiting KKK Members

BRT KKK flagBy Jason Schwartz

At least two Boca Raton residents are proudly showing their support for the Klu Klux Klan by flying the organization’s flag and confederate flag outside their mobile homes, the Boca Raton Tribune has learned.

The residents, within a block of each other, along Sandalfoot Boulevard, west of 441, are also displaying a ‘Members Wanted’ sign and a noose outside their home. Both residents said they are from separate organizations.

“We’re against the fact that the white families are producing less children because the father and mother work and you have interracial marriages and gay marriages, so there are less and less white children being born every day,” said one of the men, who would only identify himself as Mr. K. Hayes.

Hayes’ business card identifies him as a recruiter for the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan. Some neighbors have accused him of recruiting local children with conversations, literature and his displays.

Hayes, who said he moved from New York four years ago, said he started flying the KKK flag recently and posted a sign seeking new members. He claims so far the response has been positive.

“People have been very cordial,” he said. “They toot their horn. They stop. They wave. They take pictures. I haven’t had anybody throwing bottles on my lawn or anything like that.”

Another  resident Carolyn Jones lives in the other home that has a noose.

“If you want to join, you are free to do so,” she said. “If you don’t, that’s fine too. This is not for everyone, and everyone joins for their own reasons. It’s not to be mean or show hate.”

Jones says they are exercising their First Amendment rights.

“The African American community have their beliefs and their own little things,” she said. “Muslims, they too have their synagogue and mosque and everything else. Why can’t a white person have this?”

Some neighbors have called authorities to complain. They also accuse the KKK members of using 13 and 14-year-olds to hand out flyers. But they were told the residents have a right to fly any flag they choose.

The red flag – and its symbolism – have some neighbors outraged and offended.

“It’s reminding me of back in the old days,” said Margaret Martin, a black woman who recently moved in across the street. “I didn’t think that was still going on anymore. This is 2014.”

Hayes says he has no intentions of removing the flag. He plans to raise it each morning and lower the flag at dusk.

“Hey, nobody stops the Puerto Ricans from flying their Puerto Rican flag or the Jews from having their yarmulke or whatever it is in the holidays,” he said. “It’s my patriotic duty.”

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