Hate symbols

Photo submitted to BPR, verified by the Transylvania Sheriff's Office

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is investigating vandalism on Highway 215 near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Spray paint reading, “KKK,” “white lives matter” and “rednecks” was reported yesterday afternoon on the road near a bridge. The office says that this is racist and that "KKK" stands for the Klu Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group. 

Chief Deputy Eddie Gunter says that there haven’t been any similar incidents this year. 

Lilly Knoepp / BPR

Blue Ridge Public Radio reported on a Sunday rally in Murphy in front of the now infamous '4 Horsemen' billboard.  Part of our coverage included a photo of a man flashing a hand signal with three fingers in the air similar to an OK sign, while another showed a 'Punisher Skull' complete with a hairstyle similar to President Donald Trump.  The Southern Poverty Law Center says each signal has multiple meanings, but both have ties to white supremacists.