The Klu Klux Klan, the band white-robe-wearing racists/white supremacists based in the United States are upping their recruitment efforts in Canada, the CBC has learned.
One vocal Canadian supporter of the KKK took to Twitter to rally recruits, saying:
"Hey #Fredericton #NewBrunswick KKK is looking for white and Christian people in your area.”
The tweet, which has since been deleted, comes from user @CanuckKlansman. A sprinkling of the user’s other tweets can be found throughout this post to showcase their rather troubling ideology.
Experts who spoke to CBC said there isn’t really an increased level of racism in New Brunswick, or Canada at-large.
Instead, the current political climate (read: President Donald Trump) has created an environment where racists don’t feel scared to vocalize their views.
Before, a racist individual may have been scared to spew their brand of hatred, fearing reprisal and stigmatization. That isn’t quite the case right now.
A KKK member from the US told CBC that the white supremacist group is indeed trying to proliferate their membership in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
12 new recruits from the area have reportedly joined the group.
A recruitment campaign for the KK was also launched in British Columbia last year. Flyers promoting white supremacist ideas were found outside of residences in several BC communities, dropped off in bags of white rice.
Canada likes to think of itself as the warm, positive opposite of America. Where racism and bigotry dominate the south, we in the north are kind, caring, and accepting.
Obviously, that isn’t quite the case. Racist views lie just beneath Canada’s polite surface. The KKK’s successful recruitment efforts in New Brunswick is just one example of this fact.
And it’s not like Canada doesn’t have its own troubling history with the KKK. Hate groups like the KKK have been active in Canada since 1921.
It's scary to think about, but hate is here in Canada, and it shouldn't be ignored.
Actually, it can't be ignored. Because when reasonable, accepting Canadian citizens simply let hate rhetoric run wild, the only outcome is more fear and hatred.
Simply ignoring racist views doesn't solve the problem. Speak out against racism and white supremacy. It's time racists were scared to single themselves out again.