White supremacists move west
The National Alliance this time dropped fliers in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, hitting only a couple streets in the Eagle and Gypsum area. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Andree said deputies’ suggestion from last summer’s run-in with the fliers still stands – deposit the fliers where they belong, she said, in the trash.
The first thing Glenwood Springs resident Linda Drake and her husband noticed Sunday night when they pulled into their driveway was a clear plastic bag with three rocks and a white piece of paper tucked inside.
She was aghast at the message it contained.
“We pulled it out and I just wanted to vomit. It made me sick,” she said.
The flier contained a message from the National Alliance, a Hillsboro, W.Va.-based group that promotes racial segregation, an end to immigration and the creation of an Aryan society.
“It’s just total hate mail,” Drake said. “The thing that’s so sad to me is there seems to be an undercurrent of negative feelings toward the Hispanic population and it’s sad.”
The flier dropped at Drake’s house over the weekend was just one in “an aggressive campaign of literature distribution across the state” that started Friday, the National Alliance announced in a news release.
Residents of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Clifton have reported receiving literature.
On the answering machine at the National Alliance Denver sub-office, the now-deceased chairman, William L. Pierce, describes the group as “America’s foremost organization working for the long-term interests of men and women of European descent.”
Pierce’s voice expounds on the group’s intolerance of “non-white illegal aliens pouring into the country” and tells of the alliance’s exasperation with the “Jewish control of the mass media.”
Pierce founded the National Alliance in 1974 and died in July 2002. Pierce was also the author of “The Turner Diaries,” a novel depicting a future race war in America. Excerpts from the book were found in the car of Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of the 1995 bombing of the Edward P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
According to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization based in Montgomery, Ala., that tracks the activities of white supremacist and similar groups, the National Alliance is the nation’s “leading neo-Nazi group.” The report also noted that before Pierce’s death last year, the group was raising more than $1 million per year.
Shaun Walker, chief operations officer for National Alliance’s main office in Hillsboro, W.Va., says members of the group aren’t white supremacists, but rather “racially aware” people who believe in segregation.
Walker said his group received a positive response from Coloradans after handing out literature at a Kobe Bryant hearing, so it decided to pass out more fliers across the state.
“We got a great response so we wanted to hit the area harder,” he said.
Walker explained that the group’s strategy is to pass out the racist fliers in areas where white people live among people of other countries and cultures, such as Aurora and downtown Denver.
“If you get too far out (into suburban areas), you have a tough time recruiting because they don’t understand the problem,” he said.
Walker said there’s no way for his group to avoid being labeled as racists.
“We need to send a certain message and in this politically correct society it will offend some people, but I don’t think there’s any way around it,” he said.
Walker said by Monday his group had already received “a positive response” from fliers passed out in Clifton over the weekend. He had no information on responses from people living in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Felicia Trevor, who serves as the director of Latino issues at the Stepstone Center in Carbondale, said groups like the National Alliance are based in ignorance and hate. She said people who join groups like the National Alliance “have a lot of anger.”
“It makes me sick and it makes me sick that it’s happening here,” she said. “I don’t know why these white supremacists think they’re more important than anyone else.”
Vail Daily reporter Randy Wyrick contributed to this report.