Flyer Depicting Klansman Shooting Boy Surfaces
Residents are outraged after offensive flyers circulated a suburban Michigan neighborhood recently.
The flyers show a police officer wearing a white hood, pointing a gun at a young kid wearing a hoodie. A confederate flag can been seen in the background, and the child, who appears to be Black, is holding candy.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s horrible. It’s 2015,” said Monique Whigman who lives in Southfield where the flyers appeared. “Why are we still going through this?”
In addition to the imagery, the flyer asks residents to vote for three white candidates.
“If it was sponsored by somebody or trying to get somebody to vote, then that would be different, but it’s just bad,” neighbor Aaron Whigham told WXYZ. “Bad taste any way it goes.”
Another flyer said, “Let’s get the Blacks out of Southfield in November.”
That one shows images of white candidates and pictures of two city officials who are not running for office. There’s no evidence to suggest that any of the candidates presented on the flyers are behind the racist propaganda.
The City of Southfield released the following statement about the flyers on Monday:
“The City of Southfield is proud to be a diverse community that is inclusive of all people. Southfield elected officials, staff and residents of numerous ethnic and religious backgrounds work effectively together every day to maintain the high quality of life that we have all come to expect and appreciate. No Southfield elected officials or staff condone this type of negative, deconstructive and harmful propaganda that is both unfounded and untrue.
Our community is strong, inclusive and celebrates diversity,” commented Mayor Donald Fracassi. “We as a community are appalled that this type of reprehensible material has been distributed. We stand together unified as Southfielders against racism of any kind. This type of material does not represent Southfield or the views of our residents who live peacefully together in harmony from virtually all walks of life.
‘For the past 50 years, the city of Southfield has been an exemplary example of diversity and cultural inclusiveness,’ added Council President Sylvia Jordan. ‘Southfield is a wonderful melting pot of families from all cultures who are seeking a great place to call home. It is personally heartbreaking to me to see that someone thinks so little of our community, and our progress, that they would take it upon themselves to attempt to create this false divide.’”
Offensively racist flyer posted below.