Racist Fliers Distributed in Valley Neighborhoods

KLAS TV, Oct. 25, 2002

Janine Gill, Reporter

(Oct. 25) — People who live in one Valley neighborhood are concerned about receiving some racist mailers, but Metro Police say they can’t do much about it. Earlier this week, similar fliers were found on students’ cars at several high schools.

“I saw when they did it in the Summerlin area, and when I got it, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh,'” said Jasmine Reynolds. She was one of many residents in a neighborhood near Sunrise Mountain who received the racist fliers.

“It just makes me sick to think they would target our neighborhood; it’s horrible,” Reynolds said.

The fliers talk about a white America and insinuate that minorities are to blame for all corruption.

“It’s a crock! For that to be going, I want them to find out who’s doing it and stop it, but then again it’s America, so I guess you can’t stop it completely,” said Andrea Piper, another Sunrise Mountain resident.

The National Alliance is the group responsible for distributing the fliers. Hate crime experts say there are thousands of members of the white supremacist group in the United States. It’s estimated there could be anywhere from 15 to 50 members in Las Vegas. The local contact number plays a recorded message that says: “We favor a free, strong, proud, white America.”

Metro Police say the white power group recruits two to three times a year. Detectives have not linked the National Alliance to any crimes in the Valley. Other white supremacist groups have been associated with property crimes. In July 1998, Nazi skinhead John Butler murdered two men in the Las Vegas desert for not sharing his racist views.

“You can only teach your children better, and that’s what I try to do with my kids,” Piper said.

Police say it’s not a crime for anyone to pass out fliers, but they are closely monitoring the white power group. The Anti-Defamation League received a tip that there would be a massive recruitment effort in November. The ADL believes it stems from the fact that the founder of the National Alliance recently died and members want to reassert their power.

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Religion News Blog posted this on Tuesday October 29, 2002.
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