Residents in Babylon Village found fliers bearing a phone number for the Ku Klux Klan in their driveways on Friday, the morning after racist handbills were placed on car windshields in the village, officials said.
The fliers found Friday — inserted in plastic bags filled with cornmeal to keep them from blowing away — urged recipients struggling with drug or alcohol abuse to seek help, and listed phone numbers both for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, and for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the North Carolina-based affiliate of the white-supremacist organization as a hate group.
Recipients were appalled by the discovery.
“The residents of the block agree that the Klan is morally repugnant and not welcome here,” said David Bishop, 51, a former Suffolk County legislator whose wife found one of the bags Friday morning.
Another recipient said he saw the bags on South Carll, Reid and Robbins avenues in the village.
Mayor Ralph Scordino said that racist flyers bearing the mark of the same group had also been placed on the windshields of some 20 cars on Deer Park Avenue on Thursday. Village code-enforcement officers responded and removed the flyers.
“Hate groups and hate speech have absolutely no place in Babylon Village,” Scordino said.
Suffolk County Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said the department is aware of the fliers.
“Anytime pamphlets or other rhetoric is spread in a community that could potentially incite violence,” Meyers said, “we investigate it and we do our due diligence, but at the end of the day, spreading pamphlets through a community is protected free speech so it’s not illegal.”
Similar fliers have appeared in Westhampton Beach, Patchogue, Hampton Bays, West Babylon and Shirley in recent years.