Ku Klux Klan member attempts to recruit off Highway 280

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HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – A Birmingham man says he is disgusted by an unsettling experience that happened to him Sunday afternoon outside of a popular hardware store off of Highway 280. The man, Bishop, was willing to share his experience as long as we kept his full name and his face private as a safety precaution.

“I can’t believe that in this day and age there’s still such hatemonger’s around,” Bishop said.

Bishop is a white man in his early 50s. While shopping for supplies Sunday evening, he was approached by a Traditionalist American Knight of the Ku Klux Klan (TAKKKK) member. Bishop says he was dressed in a suit and tie.

“The southern accent really got to me because it was very recognizable. I’m thinking he’s a local guy,” said Bishop.

Bishop later posted a picture of the flyer on Facebook where blogger Lee Waites shared the story on Underbellyham.blogspot.com.

“I can’t believe that in this day and age there’s still such hatemonger’s around,”Bishop, Birmingham man approached by TAKKKK member

Mark Potok with the Southern Poverty Law Center says it is common for KKK members to leave their literature anonymously.

“What’s extremely unusual is for the pamphleting to be done by an actual living person. Normally what happens is these groups wrap their literature in a plastic bag and put a rock or something in there, then throw it on people’s yards,” Bishop said.

If you are approached by a Klan recruiter, Potok recommends alerting the police.

“Law enforcement officials like to know who these people are. They like to know where they are operating, because so often bad things follow in their wake,” said Potok.

Potok also says that while KKK groups would like for people to believe they are growing rapidly, he says they have been getting smaller and smaller for decades.

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