Essex Residents Upset Over Racist Flyers
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Saturday November 23, 2002
Residents Say Groups Leave Racist Fliers In Neighborhood
WBAL, Nov. 22, 2002
ESSEX, Md. — Recruitment efforts are under way in Baltimore County, Md., by two different white supremacist groups, 11NEWS reports.
Over the last few days, residents in Essex, Md., have spotted racist fliers left strewn in their yards.
And, another group says it’s planning a membership meeting at a public library.
WBAL-TV 11NEWS Reporter Jennifer Franciotti reported that the fliers are from a group called the National Alliance. Their flyers have been found in several Essex neighborhoods — including Middlebourough Road — wrapped in plastic bags and placed under rocks.
Cornell Rochelle, a resident of Essex, Md., told 11NEWS the people who distribute the fliers take great care to do so. “I would think someone went to a lot of trouble so it wouldn’t get wet,” Rochelle said.
The flyer starts with a question that reads: “Do you feel safe yet?” And it ends with a statement saying, “It’s time to take our country back.”
Rochelle told 11NEWS that she’s stunned by the flyers. “To me this is like saying just because of two people [they're] blaming everybody that’s black or not white rather.”
On those flyers are negative statements about the Washington, D.C.-area sniper suspects, who are black. There are also accusations against Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief Charles Moose — a black man who led the investigation.
Police have received complaints about the material from the National Alliance but say that because it doesn’t incite violence, it’s not a crime. Meanwhile, the World Church of the Creator, another white supremacist group, plans to hold a recruitment meeting at the Rosedale Library next month, 11NEWS reports.
Mathew Hale, the leader of the World Church, told 11NEWS, “The purpose of the meeting is to arouse racial consciousness and to mobilize the white people of Baltimore and their white race.”
The NAACP chapter in Baltimore County says it is aware of the upcoming meeting and the flyers. A spokesperson says it’s a legal event, but they do have a problem with the message.
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