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Coincidence? KKK Leaves 'Neighborhood Watch' Letters in CT, Just as Zimmerman Defense Wraps Up

Racists do not keep America's streets 'safe.'
 
 
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The United Klans of America (UKA) are apparently active in Milford, Connecticut, leaving notes on residents' driveways advising them, "NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: You can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA is awake!" 

In light of the ongoing George Zimmerman trial (the defense could finish today), the report from CBS affiliate WFSB almost seems like a parody, but officials appear to be taking it seriously.  According to WFSB, Milford police are looking into finding out who delivered the notes, but cannot classify the letter-leaving as a hate crime because it promotes a neighborhood watch program, rather than targeting a specific group of people. 

One can only hope that the Zimmerman trial is not inspiring more racially-coded neighborhood-watching among sympathetic, racist supporters. The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy, and the notion that Zimmerman was bravely defending himself and his neighborhood holds some disturbing potential for repetition. Earlier this year, for example, a "White Student Union" group announced  plans to lead armed patrols of Towson University.

The Zimmerman defense hinges on the idea that an unarmed, dead teenager was a criminal who asked for it. If this rhetoric gives fuel to the armed-white-power-patrolleres, we can only expect more racist killings in the name of 'safety.'

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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