"I was so startled I read it three times," said Mary Meherg, who saw the cards while shopping at a Wal-Mart store in Muscle Shoals on Monday. "I couldn't believe it."
The cards were tucked inside copies of a book written by Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, and red, zip-up book covers sold to benefit a nonprofit foundation named for Todd Beamer, believed to have fought hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93 during the Sept. 11 attacks.
The KKK cards touted a "message of hope and deliverance to America" and solicited a $3 donation to the group for information on helping white children, "America's new minority." The cards listed an Arkansas post office box and the address for an online Klan store.
Officials at the Muscle Shoals Wal-Mart said they previously have found KKK literature in other goods. As in Monday's case, the literature was removed as soon as it was found, store officials said.
"It's definitely not something we want in our store," company spokeswoman Sharon Weber said. "Now that we've learned about it, we need to get them out."