Virginia Newspaper runs Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyer on front page

A Virginia newspaper has prompted outrage after printing a Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyer in full on its front page.

The Westmoreland News ran a story on how flyers and DVDs for the racist group have been appearing in the town of Colonial Beach, Virginia.

But in doing so, they showed the flyer in full, making it appear like an advertisement in the newspaper.

Virginia Newspaper runs Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyer on front page
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The flyer included anti-Semitic and racist language as well as a contact number for the head of the KKK. 

The newspaper did simultaneously distance themselves from the hate-group by running a disclaimer on the front page stating: "Westmoreland News in no way condones or supports the content or message of this flyer, nor does it condone or support any branch of the Loyal White Knights, or the KKK."

Readers voiced their anger on the paper's official Facebook page

Facebook user Beth Dressel Sanfilippo wrote "Disgusting: & Disgraceful; publishing recruitment for the KKK. Promoting Hate & Bigotry? Disgusting: UnAmerican."

Colonial Beach Police Chief Danny Plott was the person who alerted the paper to the flyer, but did not expect to see it on the front page. 

He told CBS he called the paper's editor, Brittlyn Powell, demanding an explanation. 

The editor told Mr Plott she wanted the people of Colonial Beach to know racism existed.

"I think she didn't expect for this to blow up the way it did," Plott said.


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