Marshall Co. community outraged after racist flyers distributed

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- A message of hate has been strewn throughout one quiet Marshall County community. Now residents are outraged. Flyers were discovered Wednesday morning off Post Oak Road near Enos. On those flyers were racist and hateful remarks. Robin Beal spent the day in this small community.

A lot of people who live near Lake Texoma enjoy the mornings. They wake up, have a cup of coffee, and go for a walk on nice days to enjoy their neighborhood. But what many people found Wednesday morning as they strolled outside their homes was shocking.

"Uh huh. Don’t have no idea," resident Charles Lowry says.

That was the reaction repeated over and over again Wednesday morning as residents who live in the Oak View community awoke.

"Haven’t had anything like this before."

Charles Lowry is like dozens of his neighbors. A sandwich bag weighed down with pebbles thrown in his driveway overnight. Wrapped up inside, a single sheet of paper containing words chilling for some.

"Well at first I didn't know what it was until my son-in-law showed me the paper. and I was reading it, and I started getting very angry. I mean because it is racist."

The note claims to be the work of a group called the Oklahoma Klans of the Invisible Empire and spouts one inflammatory statement after another, saying Hispanics refuse to work, and calls African Americans "lazy".

It hits too close to home for one woman, who did not want to be identified, the fear still ripe after decades.

"Well when I was about 9 years old, we woke up in the middle of the night to our neighbor’s yard on fire with a cross in it. Men out there in white robes with hoods, yelling ‘Get out of town!’ And they were throwing rocks into these people's windows. And they were very nice people."

Mr. Lowry says messages like these have no place is his community.

"The Ku Klux Klan is nothing to me. It’s just a nasty organization."

A message intended to breed hatred may well have backfired, at least in this proud community.

"I mean we all bleed the same color blood. We all have feelings. We're all God's children, so why lash out at just certain people? We all have a right to be on this Earth, and it's plenty big enough for everybody to share."

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is investigating to see if any laws may have been broken by whoever distributed the bags. The message seemed to be largely politically motivated, presidential politics aside.

Residents we spoke to want no part of it.

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