Bensalem resident receives anti-Martin Luther King Day literature


This photo was provided to the Times by a Bensalem resident who asked to remain anonymous. The image has been altered by the Times in order to document the incident without providing a wider platform for its contents.

Timothy Reillyfor the Times

A Bensalem man reported finding a baggie in his driveway containing a letter purportedly from the Ku Klux Klan protesting Martin Luther King Day.

The package, weighted down with rice grains inside it, arrived Sunday night, the evening before Martin Luther King Day.

Inside was a sheet of paper with King’s mugshot toward the top with “KKK” and “Smash Communism!” on either side and “Loyal White Knights” above it.

The letter decried Congress’ decision to honor Martin Luther King with a federal holiday, which Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1983, and stated, “You are celebrating a Communist pervert.”

The document also claimed King had engaged in “transactions with Jewish communist agents” and “interracial sex orgies.”

The recipient, a resident of the Eddington section of Bensalem, did not want to give his name, citing safety concerns.

A reverse image search on Google revealed no duplicates, and a metadata analysis of the photo shows it was taken in Bensalem on Jan. 16. The resident submitted a second photo upon request of the Times, the metadata for which matched the phone and location of the original and reflected the date it was requested.

He stated other residents received the same literature, but no one has come forward. He said he called the non-emergency number to Bensalem Police regarding it, but did not want to file a report that could make his identity public.

According to a police spokesperson, no official report was made, although he had heard informally that a similar incident occurred in Bristol. Officials in Bristol Borough and Township said they did not receive any reports.

However, news outlets in Pittsburgh, Tate County, Mississippi and British Columbia in Canada reported the same literature delivered in the same manner to homes in those places. Similar pamphlets were also reported in Centerville, Georgia and Ellensburg, Washington.

“I think it’s important that people know that this type of stuff exists, whether it’s a crime for police to handle or not,” said the resident in an email. “It’s not just down South.” ••

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