WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – On the eve on Juneteenth, it appears that KKK propaganda was spread around Worcester County. Residents are concerned, and some even wonder if they were targeted. “A lot of people were concerned about it . Also now in the town there’s a scare in the community of a lot of black residents,” said Adrian Bowen.
Bowen tells 47ABC that he and his neighbors never thought something like this would happen in their tight knit community. “I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve heard about it, read about it, been taught about it. But to actually live in this day and time and witness something like this, it’s definitely scary,” said Bowen.
Community members say the plastic bags containing messages claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan and weighed down with gravel were left overnight. One resident says that in 15 years of living in Berlin, she’s never seen something like this. Bowen says that when he read the words on the flyers, he was worried about the safety of his family and neighbors. “I have young kids. I have a wife and also my parents – they live here too. So, it’s a sense of fear,” said Bowen.
Bowen tells 47ABC that he hopes this isn’t a serious threat, but that it still hurts to see such hateful actions. “I don’t think it has anything to do with the movement that’s been going on. I really don’t. I just think that somebody is playing games and trying to put a scare in people,” said Bowen.
The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office says they are looking into the incident. Worcester County commissioner Joshua Nordstrom tells 47ABC that this kind of hate speech will not be tolerated. Nordstrom also says that he hopes law enforcement is able to find the people responsible. He tells 47ABC that it’s important to keep an eye on racist behavior in any community, and put a stop to it.