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Supremacist group rears ugly head
Fliers from a white supremacist group denouncing Martin Luther King Jr. were found in neighborhoods around Olympic High School earlier this week, marking the third time in less than a year that such an incident has occurred in Central Kitsap.
Distributed by an unknown member or members of the West Virginia-based National Alliance, the fliers were placed in cat-litter-filled bags and thrown into yards.
We dont know who it is, but were suspecting someone who is a member of the group or heavily influenced by it and why theyre here for job-related reasons or what we dont know, said Sheriffs deputy Scott Wilson. So far weve had two complaints, but people are wise to it and know what it is.
Wilson said to just throw the papers away.
In February 2003, fliers were found in the Parkwood East neighborhood which prompted a meeting with residents and the Kitsap County Human Rights Council and Kitsap Human Rights Network. The end result was a neighborhood picnic. More fliers were later found in neighborhoods west and south of Silverdale in early October 2003.
An interview with the National Alliance last year said the fliers were a seed in an awareness building campaign and direct people to the multimedia groups Web site.
But one resident of the Firglade neighborhood wasnt happy to discover the groups message hanging in her fruit tree on Tuesday after coming home from a shopping trip.
Ive heard about it, but Ive never seen any literature before, Sandy Ulsh said. I was shocked to find it, at first believing the plastic bag contained drugs.
Ulsh called the flier an affront to humanity.
This is one of the drawbacks of living in a country with free speech. Why cant we draw the line to inciting hatred?
The Sheriffs Department has repeatedly said they cannot prevent the fliers from being distributed though Parkwood East residents wanted to charge the perpetrators with littering.