Published August 7, 2018
ROME, N.Y. Police in Rome, New York are investigating reports of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) flyers being left at the end of several driveways last Friday. The flyers were inside Ziploc bags containing Snickers bars along with information on the flyers about the United Northern & Southern Knights of the KKK.
The recruiters were up early, as the bags were left between 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Sheriff Rob Maciol of Oneida County, the county where Rome is located, issued the following statement:
“I would like to say that I find the KKK an organization that encourages hatred and bigotry and I don’t condone this organization or anything it stands for. I believe in unity and tolerance. The KKK is against all of those things. However with that said, I have taken an oath to uphold the constitutional rights of all citizens, which however repulsive includes the KKK. The leaving of these flyers and soliciting people to join the KKK is their right. I am very sensitive to those in the community that just the mention of the KKK causes anxiety and anger, but the US Constitution protects their right to free speech. If the actions of this group turns to soliciting people to commit violent acts, or they cross the line and break the law, the Sheriff’s Office will not hesitate to file criminal charges against them.”
While county sheriff feels he needs to protect the KKK recruiters, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was not so charitable towards the hate group. The governor issued the following statement:
“While President Trump and Republicans in Washington sow divisiveness and hate that is spreading like a cancer across the country, in New York we say not here, not now, not ever. I have directed State Police to investigate the appalling distribution of KKK material in several counties and send a clear message that New York has zero tolerance for intolerance. Today more than ever, New York must fight against hate crimes and stand as a beacon of equality and diversity.”
New York state is home to these eight (8) federally recognized tribes:
- Cayuga Nation
- Oneida Nation of New York
- Onondaga Nation
- Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (formerly the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians of New York)
- Seneca Nation of Indians
- Shinnecock Indian Nation
- Tonawanda Band of Seneca
- Tuscarora Nation of New York