Group leaves racist fliers on windshields, neighbors outraged
MILWAUKIE, Ore. - A neighborhood was blanketed with racist fliers on Thursday and people there say they won't tolerate the hateful propaganda.
The group handing out the fliers has a very specific target since they're only partially in English and are mostly in Spanish. The only two words in English: "white genocide."
Many people who park along Southeast International Way got one on their windshield.
Dinah Davis, who works on the street, took action after reading the flier.
Davis drives on the street every day to get to work and on Thursday she noticed something out of the ordinary.
"I know enough Spanish to recognize that it is white supremacist literature. I was horrified," she said.
Someone left them on nearly every parked car.
"Perhaps they think this is a suitable neighborhood. I'm here to tell them, no, it's not," Davis said.
She spent the rest of her morning walk going up and down the road picking up the fliers off windshields. She collected a stack of them.
Racism expert Randy Blazak, a professor at Portland State University, translated the words. The letters in red: "Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white."
"This is a form of low-grade terrorism, and this is meant to terrorize people who have been victims of violence," he said.
The fliers trace to a website called the White Genocide Project.
Blazak said the web has become a popular place to spread intolerance.
"There's sort of a 24-hour Klan rally happening on the Internet," he said.
Davis knows this country's history with hatred has lessened but it hasn't gone away.
Her main question about the fliers: "Why have it in Spanish? I don't understand that," she said.
Blazak explained: "In the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan in Portland was primarily against Catholic immigrants. So this is just another version of targeting the immigrant population."
He said it's targeting by intimidation.
Blazak said he was familiar with the White Genocide Project website, but he's never seen that group active in the Portland area.
He said even though it's a hate message on paper, it's still hate and not something to take lightly.
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