From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers

kohenari:

The Ku Klux Klan is trying to recruit new members … with Jolly Ranchers:

The flier was tucked into a plastic bag along with a membership application, the address for the KKK national office in North Carolina, a list of beliefs and three Jolly Rancher candies….

Robert Jones, the “Imperial Klaliff” of the Loyal White Knights sect, told WHNS that the effort was part of the Klan’s “national night ride” — a recruitment event that happens three times a year.

Jones said recruitment efforts were not aimed at specific people and that residents “shouldn’t be fearful unless they’re doing something that the Klan considers morally wrong,” according to WHNS.

This particular recruitment drive seems to be focused on immigration from Mexico rather than any of the myriad things the Klan considers morally wrong. One person got the flier and called the Klan hotline, but he definitely wasn’t someone the Klan was looking to recruit during its “national night ride”:

Damian Neveaux, who is African-American, found a flier and called the number because he, too, was concerned about border security, KPRC reported.

He reached a Klan representative who told him he would not be allowed to join.

“‘The only way you can become a member is if you’re 100 percent Caucasian,” Neveaux recalled the Klan member telling him, according to KPRC. “This flier wasn’t meant for you.’”

HT: Laura Seay.

And you wonder why people like me are skeptical of discussions about “border security” when it comes to immigration. Particularly when no one seems concerned about the US-Canada border.

newsweek:

This graphic shows everywhere journalists have been killed since 2004 | GlobalPost
Approximately 619 journalists have died since 2004. Most were local reporters.

newsweek:

This graphic shows everywhere journalists have been killed since 2004 | GlobalPost

Approximately 619 journalists have died since 2004. Most were local reporters.

theweekmagazine:

4 strategies for organizing your money, based on your personality

nprcodeswitch:

"Kind of racist? Try Diet Racism!"

Yes. Yes. And, yes.

guardian:

After Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, the opinion departments of Guardian US and the St Louis Post-Dispatch partnered to gather readers’ stories from around the world of being racially profiled by police. Our hope is that this sampling will help spur empathy – and then action, everywhere. 

You can read all 18 stories at Comment is free. Do you have an experience to share? Tell us using the #FergusonVoices hashtag. 

guardian:

More people have access to mobile phones than to bog-standard sanitation around the world.

The numbers are actually quite close – both are around the 4.5bn mark. But the implications are clear: we value a text, a tweet over one of our most basic sanitary needs: the loo. 

The Borowitz Report: Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons

newyorker:

“Much like the long-running national debates about jumping off a roof, licking electrical sockets, and gargling with thumbtacks, the vexing question of whether children should fire military weapons does not appear headed for a swift resolution.”

Read more: http://nyr.kr/YYouxn

Photograph by SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty

In truth, Obama’s golf habit… is one of the best things about his presidency. Unconsciously, President Obama is doing a good thing for the American Republic. He’s helping us to disgorge an overly symbolic view of the presidency, in which the president is the ever-present lawman, the people’s official therapist, and the embodiment of the public mood.

In defense of Obama’s golfing

The presidency is a job, not a divine office

(via theweekmagazine)

Also, we need to remember two things: (1) The president is only the tip of a vast bureaucracy. Even when he’s not there, the rest of the government functions. (2) The president is not required to solve every problem or weigh in on every issue. Especially “small government” types should applaud that.

theeconomist:

Kal’s cartoon: this week, policing in America

theeconomist:

Kal’s cartoon: this week, policing in America