KKK propaganda appears in Arab for 4th time in 3 months

Published: Jan. 26, 2016 at 11:23 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2016 at 11:47 PM CST
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ARAB, AL (WAFF) - For the fourth time in three months, KKK recruiting propaganda has turned up in Arab. A viewer said she and her family found KKK business
cards inside the Arab Walmart Monday night.

Arab police officers said they responded to a similar incident inside the same Walmart on Black Friday. Arab Mayor Bob Joslin said the city doesn't have any racial issues, but members of the community say otherwise.

For one Arab family, an outing to buy groceries quickly turned into a family discussion about race relations.

"These cards were stuck in all of the spots where the food is," the mom said.

The mother of two, who wished to remain anonymous, had no idea how to explain the propaganda to her young children.

"My son asked me, 'Does this mean they don't want any black people in Walmart?' And I don't even know how to answer that question to my child,"
she said. "How do I answer that as his mom?," the mom said.

She said she'd like to think Arab has overcome past racial tensions, but now she's not so sure.

"This is just showing us there's just as much racism as there use to be in Arab," she said.

Arab Mayor Bob Joslin, said the city doesn't have any racial issues, but recent high profile events tell a different story.

Arab police say they've investigated three other KKK propaganda incidents in the past 3 months. KKK fliers were found in mailboxes and inside the same Walmart on Black Friday. The same KKK business cards were also found inside an Arab Dollar Tree in October.

"It's 2016," the anonymous viewer said. "It's sad we haven't moved past this yet."

In another incident in Marshall County, a Four C volunteer firefighter was removed from his duties after posting a Facebook status that said "Hahaha hang all them _____ that's what I think".

Some say these racist incidents tarnish Arab's reputation.

"I have friends not even want to come into Arab because of what they've heard, the stories they've heard," she said.

She said she's ready to move to a more accepting city to raise her kids.

"They don't need to learn about any type of hate like this," she said,

Arab police said they were unaware of this most recent incident. Mayor Joslin tells me he will ask the police department to investigate.

An Arab Walmart manager said they couldn't comment on the incident.

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