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Invitations to Join KKK Delivered to Some Colorado Springs-Area Residents

Several Colorado Springs-area residents received an alarming piece of mail — invitations to join the Ku Klux Klan.

The Gazette reported that fliers in plastic zipper bags targeting minority racial groups were reported to have been found taped to numerous mail boxes in El Paso County’s Security-Widefield neighborhood. A phone number was also included which when dialed connected to a recorded message advocating for white supremacist views.

According to 7News, one resident said she was concerned what else might be in the bags and contacted the FBI asking that the bags be tested for ricin.

The U.S. Postal Inspector is investigating the mail saying it is a violation of federal law. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will assist in the investigation.

Back in 2012, without releasing any official numbers, the KKK said their membership was “booming” in Colorado, with 12 active white supremacist groups active in the state at the time, according to a report by the Durango Herald.

Herald staff writer Chase Olivarius-McAllister reported that Cole Thornton, Imperial Grand Wizard of Colorado’s United Northern and Southern Knights Ku Klux Klan group, claims that membership has grown steadily in the past few years.

Also in 2012, the number of anti-government “patriot” groups, including paramilitary hate organizations, reached an all-time high, fanned by President Barack Obama’s reelection and talk of gun control following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre, according to a recent report issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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