Leaflets calling for mass murder were left on vehicles throughout a Sacramento, California, neighborhood on Monday night. The fliers were directed towards Muslims and Hispanics, and were signed by a notorious local white supremacist, Greg Withrow. The Chicago Sun-Times describes Withrow as the founder of the “skinhead” movement back in 1978.
The descriptions of the intended atrocities were graphic. They said, in part,
‘If you have not secured a body dump-site, do so now! Kidnap, rob, torture for information and execute all Muslims and Latinos. Leave no survivors.’
One resident, community activist Denise Calderon, who found one of the fliers, had this to say:
‘I was shaking [when I found it], it basically gives a green light to assassinate Muslims and Latinos in our community. I’ve been living here six years, we have all kinds of crazy, but this is a different level of crazy.’
Police claim that the leafleting may fall under free speech. Authorities are, however, conducting an investigation. According to a spokesman for Sacramento Police, Officer Matthew McPhai:
‘The first amendment does protect the right to free speech, even if that speech is deplorable or despicable. Part of the investigation will be trying to determine if there is some crime associated with the distribution, some sort of other act that has taken place.’
One of the most startling things is the context for the letters. They come at a time when their relevance is given air by a leading presidential candidate. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has uttered almost insanely crude things about Muslims and Hispanics, suggesting that both should be subjected to mass bans from entering the United States. And, as he has recently come closer to the nomination and perhaps the presidency, he asserted that he stands by his previous comments.
Trump has garnered the support of segments of the White Nationalist movement, including notable Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Duke has used Trump’s candidacy as a new fountainhead for his hate.
But it hasn’t just been fringe elements of society backing Trump, and in this, Withrow likely took the opportunity of Trump’s rise as an occasion to spread his hate. After Trump effectively clinched the GOP nomination after winning the Indiana primary in a landslide, Republican commentator Ann Coulter put out the below tweet:
Last night in Indiana, an American finally beat an immigrant for a job.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) May 4, 2016
Almost 8,000 reactions. To this tweet. It is, of course, in reference to the fact that Ted Cruz, Trump’s last real rival, is a son of immigrants. And it has surprisingly shocking anti-immigrant overtones.
As Trump moves closer to the nomination and potentially the presidency in November, it is by definition that these displays of hate will increase.
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