Racist flier irks suburb, victims’ kin

Livonia slayings used to promote supremacists’ cause
Detroit News, Aug. 4, 2002
By Janet Vandenabeele / The Detroit News

LIVONIA — A white supremacist group is using the slayings of two white restaurant managers in Livonia last month to call attention to its cause, prompting angry responses from victims’ relatives and residents of the suburb.

The Michigan National Alliance, saying it supports “a free, strong, proud, white America,” distributed fliers in the Livonia area that show pictures of victims William Harrison and Margaret “Deb” McCarty and the fired restaurant employee charged in their July 8 deaths, Ellis Robinson. Robinson is African American.

The one-page flier refers to “an influx of minorities to the suburbs” and warns that “other Ellis Robinson’s [sic] are out there.” It invites residents to contact the group in Plymouth or Portage, Mich.

The handout irritated Margaret McCarty, whose 32-year-old daughter from Lincoln Park was general manager at Logan’s Restaurant. “She would not be happy with white supremacists throwing her name around,” the mother said Saturday. “She was not racist. They’re taking advantage of my daughter and my family. … This is grossly ignorant on their part.”

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