Recently, the KKK began an odd campaign in small Virginia towns that featured recruitment ads for the hate group packaged in bags of bird seed. The packets have been seen throughout the state, and have even turned up in Washington, D.C.
Now, the KKK has turned its hopes of swelling its numbers to Charlottesville, which is of course significant given what the city has gone through this year.
According to Newsweek, fliers with the KKK hotline number along with anti-Semitic messages have begun appearing in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The fliers are said to include a complaint about a “menorah in front the White House."
But, the fliers aren't receiving a warm welcome from everyone. Locals have planned to hold community discussions and to protest against the KKK presence.
Other communities facing a new wave of KKK advertising have taken a similar position.
"We don't want to give them more visibility than there is already,” said Washington resident Kit Goldfarb. “We don't believe they will find a lot of support here.”
Carla Hill, an investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League, said that the group is desperate for new members amid schism brought about by in-fighting and by lack of support for its racist agenda throughout the country.
“They do use flier distribution to compensate for a lack of membership,” Hill said, noting that some who would have otherwise joined the Klan have instead allied themselves with the newer, more savvy alt-right movement.
“The alt-right views the Klan as past its prime,” Hill said.
In fact, according to Hill, the KKK is so hungry for new members that even signing up one person would be seen as a huge win by the organization's leadership.
While the KKK itself hasn't commented on its membership levels, Leslie Scott-Jones, a member of Black Lives Matter Charlottesville said that it is clear to her that the KKK knows it time is over.
“That’s why they were screaming 'you will not replace us,'" Scott-Jones said about members of the KKK at the Unite the Right Rally earlier this year. "Because they realized they have been replaced."