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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  • by Jose Location: her forever on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    Tracy,could you tell me what we get for free . i have been living in Ok for 17 years and i know what you said is a big "bull" lie.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    That is 7 words.
  • by ME Location: HERE on May 27, 2008 at 09:21 AM
    NOT WANTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN YOU COUNTRY DOES NOT MAKE YOU A RACIST. IT MAKES YOU A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN. I SAY COME ONE COME ALL JUST DO IT THE LEGAL WAY!!!!!!!!!
  • by ME Location: HERE on May 27, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    THIS IS VERY SAD! NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WEAR SHEETS OVER THEIR FACE I WOULD BE ASHAMED TOO FOR ANYONE TO KNOW I BEHAVED THIS WAY.
  • by Sean on May 27, 2008 at 05:35 AM
    midnitejunkie------4 words----you are a joke!!!get lost loser!!!
  • by lwbo Location: bonham on May 26, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    i thinking it is sad in 2008 for people to be like that we need to pray for them and ourself
  • by Me Location: oklahoma on May 26, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    It's sad that racism is still such a big part of our country. I don't have issues with spanish or african americans my issues stem with the fact that our countries language is English. If you move her learn it use it. We'd be expected to learn Spanish if we moved to Mexico why should we expect less? If you are going to live in this country because it's such a "great country" then learn the language become legal, pay taxes, don't sit home and whine that people owe you anything. No one owes you! Yes your ancestors deserved better but you are not them. You don't have any excuses other than you don't want to take charge of your own lives. So move forward!
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on May 26, 2008 at 01:05 AM
    Three words, Sean- bring it on.
  • by McLaren Location: Oakview on May 25, 2008 at 10:34 PM
    Listen up people. I live in the area and got the pamphlet in the plastic bag. Let me assure you all, nothing the Klan mentioned in the paper was innacurate. Just about everything was spot-on. Bottom line: The hopelessly politically correct are just upset that someone actually had the guts to distribute it. I have to laugh at the fact that KXII only interviewed two people. And really...if someone points a news camera in your face and asks if you're a racist...of course they will all say "no". I get a kick out of all the retirees who moved to this area to get away from the crime caused by you-know-who yet despise the Klan in the next breath!
  • by mark Location: iraq on May 25, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    Y 4 U al B a DISSIN THE BRUTHA HOOD UV THA PRAJECKS?
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