More racist pamphlets show up
By LENNIE BENNETT
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hate takes no holiday. The National Alliance, a white supremacist, anti-Semitic organization that distributed pamphlets in several northeast neighborhoods in early December, unloaded another batch over the holiday weekend in Bahama Shores, a waterfront neighborhood in southern St. Petersburg.
"It was on the front steps," said Susan Riggins, who lives on Bahama Shores Drive. "I'd heard about it in other neighborhoods. You can't help but feel how hurtful it would be to your neighbors. I went around and if I saw others, I threw them away."
The three-page tract targets minorities, especially African-Americans, and Jews, using provocative language and general references to incidences of violence. The only contact is a phone number for the organization's office in West Virginia. A taped message by the group's founder, William Pierce, describes the National Alliance as "America's foremost organization working for the long-term interests of men and women of European descent."
"It's not illegal, as long as they're not threatening anyone," said George Kajtsa, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department. "But we do keep tabs on it and turn it over to an intelligence officer."
"It's so repugnant," said Linda Rogowski, who lives in Bahama Shores. "Your first instinct is to pick them up and throw them away. But do we want to do that or let people see them and confront it in their own way?"
There were no reports of fliers in nearby neighborhoods in the Pinellas Point area.
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