Tyrone White and his wife, a biracial couple living in Cedar Rapids, found a KKK flier outside their home with the following message: "NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!" Needless to say, the pamphlet caused them more stress than comfort.
According to the police and the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, there's not much that the city can do outside of conduct a general investigation. And unless the leaflets are directed at specific individuals, their distribution does not count as a hate crime or a form of hate speech. Needless to say, everyone interviewed in the two articles are concerned and want to find out more information about these fliers.
Fortunately, I've not heard of any such incidents here in Iowa City. Our household isn't what you'd call "Klan-friendly" (i.e., two gay dads raising a biracial son and I'm sure they'd have something to say about the poodle, too), so I'm sure we'd be some of the first on the phone if we ever woke to Klan literature on our front porch.
What would you do if you found Klan literature in your mailbox? Do you think the Klan has a prevalent presence in eastern Iowa or do you think these are the actions of a couple Klansmen?