Ellensburg officials downplay discovery of KKK brochures

Ellensburg officials downplay discovery of KKK brochures

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) – Officials in Ellensburg are downplaying the recent discovery of brochures promoting the Ku Klux Klan.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that three residents reported finding the brochures, prompting the city to post a statement on Facebook rejecting such extreme messaging and reaffirming that it values inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.

Officials say the brochures do not appear to be tied to a growing presence of the white supremacist group in the area.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said the brochures may have been spread by a single sympathizer.

Similar reports of leaflets being distributed have popped up across the country over the past two years, including in the Spokane area.