State Sen. Vincent Hughes is sounding the alarm about the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in York, where the KKK has purportedly distributed “neighborhood watch” leaflets suggesting it will be patrolling the city for crime. The Philadelphia Tribune reports:
“It’s real simple. We cannot allow the intolerant behavior from the KKK to go unaddressed. They cannot think there’s a silent majority opposing their wishes, but there’a vocal majority that is opposed to their wishes,” Hughes said. “Anytime we see [KKK members] hanging around, lurking around, keeping their heads covered up and are looking to grow their organization, we’re going to speak on it.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has informed Hughes it is monitoring the situation, but — given First Amendment rights to free speech — it would be difficult to move against the Klan absent violations of the law.