Joe Biden supporters in Tennessee are being targeted with Ku Klux Klan “social visit” cards, WLPN News reports.
Last week, Breana Green of Shelbyville found that her neighbor’s yard sign for Biden appeared to have been run over. Then, she noticed that the yard was also littered with paper that resembled a business card. Each card said the KKK had paid the house a “social visit” and warned that the next visit could be “a business call.”
“I can’t imagine the folks in Shelbyville who are people of color, how they are feeling. They must be feeling really scared,” Green told WLPN News. “I want to make sure the community comes together to make them feel like they are welcome.”
“It’s scary knowing that just supporting a presidential candidate can incite this kind of vandalism,” Green told News4.
News4 spoke with another woman whose neighbor faced a similar situation. The neighbor’s Biden-Harris sign was stolen and the same KKK cards were left on the property.
A Shelbyville Police Department spokesperson told WLPN News they had been tracking an increase in KKK materials since 2016. One incident left an entire neighborhood littered with leaflets for the white supremacist group. According to the spokesperson, there is no related rise in criminal activity.
The business cards are currently not proven to be official material from the group, but the town has had “White lives matter” demonstrations in the past, according to The Independent. Still, it does not appear to be of major concern to local authorities.
“The Shelbyville Police Department has been made aware of a limited number of incidents involving theft and/or damage to campaign signs. This is true for both Trump and Biden yard signs,” the department said in a statement to News4. “We have also been made aware of local residents receiving literature from individuals purporting to be from the knights of Ku Klux Klan. Similar literature has been found in driveways and yards for a number of years.”
“We don’t believe that it’s targeting specific races,” Police Chief Brian Crews told WLPN News. “We believe that it’s targeting certain neighborhoods that would even be predominantly white. I think most people just view it as trash.”