Monday, April 12, 2010
Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 12:59 am
By Sean Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
POCATELLO — White supremacy literature distributed by a group allied with the Aryan Nations was found in yards in the university neighborhood Saturday. The small fliers were wrapped around a small rock and placed inside a clear sandwich bag. They were titled “Missing” and included a photo of a young girl. When opened up, the fliers were subtitled, “A future for white children,” and claimed corrupt politicians and minority special-interest groups have abducted the future of white children.
A Web site the fliers directed people to urged white people to take back the country.
Ritika Sharma, an international student from Nepal who lives in the university neighborhood, became visibly shaken and alarmed when shown one of the fliers. “It obviously scares me since it’s against people with color,” she said.
“It’s not appropriate,” said John Dudgeon, who threw the flier away because he considered it racist literature. “I found it offensive, myself.”
Paul Mullet, national director of the Aryan Nations, confirmed the group that disseminated the literature in Pocatello was aligned with his group. He said it was the groups’ constitutional right to distribute the literature “and we’ll do it in any area we want to.”
“We’re not violating any laws … or the rights of any people,” he said during a phone interview from the Aryan Nations’ headquarters in Ohio. “I want people to know the white race is dying. People need to wake up and see that.”
He denied the group was being hateful or targeting anyone. “‘Missing white race’: how is that hateful?” he said. “We’re not targeting anybody in particular or any group.”
While the group has every right to distribute the fliers, members of the College Neighborhood Association said, they have every right to oppose it. On Sunday, they were busy trying to organize some type of “not in our city” campaign.
“The e-mails have been flying right and left,” said Muriel Roberts, a member of the CNA. “Boy, there are all kinds of people excited to get started and get something done to oppose this.”
Roberts said she was disgusted when she saw the flier. “I was absolutely appalled by it.”
“Unfortunately, it’s legal,” said CNA Treasurer Glenn Alford, who said he was saddened to see the fliers in his neighborhood. “There are a lot of things that are legal and stupid. These people have reared their ugly heads around here before and left. I’m hoping that’s what happens this time, too.”
The fliers direct people to a Web site that sells several books, including Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” and “white resistance music,” including a CD titled, “Fetch the Rope.”
Another book for sale through the Web site, titled, “Did Six Million Really Die?” questions the Holocaust. A book by white separatist David Duke, a former presidential candidate and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is also for sale through the site.
The site, which is separate from the Aryan Nations’ site but links to it, also criticizes Jews and homosexuals and says it is the duty “of every white man and white woman to fight to regain our position on this Earth.”
Mullet said the group has received death threats because of its message, but the group is adamant in its belief the white race is in danger and people need to be warned.
“How come people can walk down the street with ‘black pride’ or ‘gay pride’ shirts and nothing happens?” he said. “But if people walk down the street with a ‘white pride’ shirt, they’re attacked as being racist. Why? Because they’re proud of their race? It’s a double standard.”
Margaret Jacob said she had heard the group was going to target Pocatello and it didn’t take her long to figure out what she was reading when she picked up one of the fliers.
“When I saw ‘a future for white children,’ I knew it was racist,” she said. “It makes me sick. Some of the people who have contributed the most to this community are not white and I’m embarrassed to think what they might think and actually shudder at that.”
Sharma’s sister, Bhawika Sharma, said the group’s message is “wrong and stupid. I don’t think this kind of hatred group does good to anybody at all in any place. Not in America, not in any parts of the world. I don’t like hate groups at all.”
Mullet said it is not a message of hate. “It’s a message of love,” he said. “Love who you are. Love your race and help preserve it.”
Before the Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship showed scenes from “The Laramie Project” Sunday, Roberts held up one of the fliers and a rock it was wrapped around and informed members about the fliers.
The Laramie Project is the story of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was killed in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. During the murder trial, witnesses testified he was targeted because he was homosexual.
“How appropriate we were doing the Laramie Project today when hate was coming to Pocatello,” Roberts said.
White Supremacists Leave Easter Eggs
Story Published: Apr 5, 2010 at 5:14 PM MDT
By Ian Parker
IDAHO FALLS – It was a quiet Easter morning in the Waterford community when residents opened their doors and found tiny plastic eggs, just like the ones your kids open looking for candy.
Only inside these eggs was an invitation to join the Aryan Nations.
“I was a little disgusted by it and I definitely don’t condone any of those actions. I think it’s pretty bad that someone would go around and pervert such a christian holiday,” said Luke Erwin, who has lived in the community for three years.
Other neighbors had similar reactions.
“Things like that don’t really happen in our neighborhood,” said one neighbor.
“I’m very shocked. I want to find out who it is because I say it’s very surprising and it’s a terrible thing,” said another.
Taking action for you, I took one of the eggs to the Idaho Falls police department.
They aren’t launching any investigations, yet.
“If they are in an area in which they have the right to be and they are passing out Aryan Nations-type stuff, then that’s their free speech by the first amendment,” said Captain Ken Brown of Idaho Falls police.
“Historically, through Idaho Falls, especially in the last 26 years, we haven’t had a big instance of hate crime,” said Captain Brown.
Even so, police want to keep track of this kind of activity.
They say the best thing you can do is let them know when it happens.
White Supremacy Group Drops Off Easter Eggs In Idaho Falls Neighborhood
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Falls – One Idaho Falls neighborhood was greeted Sunday morning with colorful Easter eggs filled with racist and anti-gay messages.
The eggs were dropped off in people’s yards at the Stonebrook neighborhood south of Sunnyside.
The eggs had fliers in them promoting white supremacy from Aryan nations.
Neighbors didn’t want to comment on camera, but one said they found the egg on their lawn and quickly began to gather more than 50 from other homes.
The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he thought it was terrible and didn’t think his neighbors needed to be exposed to the hate crime on a holy holiday.
Other neighbors who saw the eggs were also disturbed.