Springfield man speaks out against KKK publication left on his driveway

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. People in one Springfield neighborhood are surprised to find what they describe as controversial literature on their doorsteps.

It's unknown how many people received the newsletter from a group in Harrison, Arkansas.

Gary Wright decided to speak out.

He isn't sure why he received a copy of 'The Crusader'. The self-professed, 'Premier Voice of the White Resistance' movement says they are family and Christ centered. Wright says it's just hate speech fueled by the Ku Klux Klan.

"I thought it was just another throw away, which I'm used to. I thought it was just going to go into the recycling," he says.

Wright didn't expect to find this newsletter on his driveway.

"We have a fairly mixed neighborhood. We do have some African-Americans, some Asian-Americans, mostly Caucasian. I basically wanted to put the thing behind me but I was mad enough to post it to Facebook about it," Wright explains.

He says he wasn't sure when the publication was delivered to his house.

"I figured it happen under the cover of night as these things usually do. I've just never seen it that blatant before in all the time I've lived here," he says.

Wright feels the Knights Party's message is filled with hate.

"To lay garbage like that on someone's door step and expect that it's going to be welcomed. It's not, not in my neighborhood anyway," he says.

Wright says he understands that no crime was committed in leaving the leaflet behind.

"It still falls under free speech as far as I'm concerned. But if they really wanted to perpetuate their view how about come and knock on my door? Have the courage of your convictions to meet me face to face," he explains.

Wright has this message for the person who left the publication for him to find.

"You can take this garbage with you. Keep it back south of the border in Arkansas as far as I'm concerned," he says.

Wright says he had hoped ideas voiced by the KKK were a thing of the past.

"I'm from northwest Arkansas myself. I'm a southern bred, white gentleman. I've been dealing with this stuff all my life but I still don't expect to see it in this day and age," he says.

We did reach out to the director of the Knights Party, Pastor Thomas Robb. We have not yet received a return phone call or email but hope to hear from him about his group's message soon.

Read the original version of this article at www.kspr.com.