KKK threatens ‘black apes’ who ‘make eyes’ at white women in recruiting fliers found in Florida
Multiple neighborhoods in Jacksonville, Florida were littered with KKK recruiting fliers that make specific threats against black men who they catch “‘making eyes’ at a white girl.”
As Jacksonville’s First Coast News reports, the city has seen Klan fliers before, but these differ from the norm with their “specific threats.”
“Notice to all (N-word): Any of you black apes caught ‘making eyes’ at a white girl will be beaten with bats and your mothers won’t get anymo’ bananas-That’s a promise,” the fliers read.
— First Coast News (@FCN2go) October 9, 2017
Along with threats against black people, the flier also contained multiple anti-Semitic references, including the phrase “smash Jew communism” and comparisons between Jewish people and Satan.
The “making eyes” threat is reminiscent of the purported reason for the lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy that two white men murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at one of the men’s wives. Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman who claimed Till hit on her, has since admitted that she lied about the interaction that led to his infamous lynching.