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Racist fliers hit island doorsteps

White supremacist literature was distributed in some south-end driveways Monday.

The fliers contained anti-semitic, anti-minority and anti-gay statements, and were signed by what purported to be a Kitsap chapter of the National Alliance, a supremacist group said to be based in West Virginia.

The flier’s central image is the face of a young girl, wrapped in the message, “She needs the truth. Where will she find it?”

That image was particularly disturbing to a Bill Point resident who has been active against hate crimes and literature on Bainbridge.

“This is a letter of recruitment, really,” she said. “I just think of the kids in my neighborhood who are children of color, and how they’re going to feel when they see this.”

The fliers were in plastic bags weighted with sand, apparently so they could be tossed from a passing vehicle. They were found in driveways in the Bill Point and Taylor Avenue areas, and at least one park; several residents turnd them in at the Bainbridge Police station after finding them on their properties.

The leaflets were also reported in Kingston and Bremerton neighborhoods.

The fliers appeared to be thrown at random, rather than targeted at specific households.

As such, they may not violate local hate-crime laws, which in most cases are based on the malicious harassment of individuals, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said. They do, though, violate a local ordinance against distribution of handbills at homes without the consent of a resident.

“As hate crap goes, it’s relatively mundane,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t appear to be threatening in nature, but...more like propaganda, promoting their views.”

The Bill Point activist was less sanguine, calling the message “obnoxious.”

The Interfaith Council and others will be contacted, she said, in hopes that the island community will confront and denounce the fliers.

Anyone with information on the fliers is asked to call Bainbridge Police at 842-5211.

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