The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it is “troubled” over flyers circulated by the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan that have accused Jews of controlling money in the U.S.
The flyers, which were found in upstate New York, Long Island and the Hamptons, stated: “Wake up white America! Jews control the money in America. Period. End of Story.”
“Zionist Jews own and run the Federal Reserve Bank,” the advertisement proclaimed, continuing, “Join us to stop Zionist control over your government.” The flyer also insulted African Americans and members of the LGBTQ community, whom it called an “abomination.”
However, the ADL said that despite the flyers, the prevalence of white supremacist groups in the U.S. is actually in decline.
“In spite of the decline of the Ku Klux Klan groups across the country, the classic Klan hateful rhetoric found in upstate New York serves as a stark reminder that they still actively seek to disseminate their vile messages,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director.
“While it may be quite concerning to come across such a flyer in one’s own neighborhood, the reality is that few longstanding groups still exist,” he said.
There are currently 30 active Klan groups in the U.S. with about 3,000 Klan members, according to figures by ADL’s Center on Extremism.