Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Keystone State Skinheads Distribute "Racist" Flyers In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Local NAACP Prez Ron Felton Cries Himself A River

A flyer promoting a "white supremacist" skinhead group was posted on dozens of utility poles throughout South Wilkes-Barre over the weekend of January 20-21, urging residents to “take our neighborhoods back” from drug dealers and gang members. Full story published in the Wilkes-Barre Citizens-Voice. Note that the Citizens-Voice website is operating erratically; you can get nearly as much of the text from Newsnet14. Supplemental report posted by WBRE Channel 28.

With a picture of black men aiming handguns and a bold headline — “NYC & Philly: Coming to a neighborhood near you” — the flier was stapled to nearly every utility pole on Carlisle, Horton and Hanover streets. Some fliers were placed within feet of Meyers High School.

Our once safe and beautiful neighborhoods are being destroyed one street at a time. … This is a problem that we can no longer run from,” the flier reads. “Every neighborhood, from the suburbs to the mountains, is being flooded with drugs, gangs and violence as we speak.”

The flyer directs people to the website of the Keystone State Skinheads (KSS), a group of politically militant and racist skinheads that formed in Harrisburg in 2001. Messages sent to an e-mail address posted on the Keystone State Skinheads’ website were not returned Monday. It could not be confirmed if the group had anything to do with the creation or circulation of the flier, as a result.

Click HERE to view flyer in JPG format.

You can also click HERE to display and download the flyer in PDF format.

Ron Felton, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), believes the flyers were intentionally posted to cause a stir on Monday’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “They probably chose today to do that. It’s another example of how far we have yet to come,” Felton said. “Even though Dr. King is no longer with us, we’re still fighting this in 2008". Felton further stated that this wasn’t the first time an extremist group has tried to divide the community along racial lines, and he predicted it wouldn’t be the last.

It’s the usual stuff. They want to generate and impose fear, to indict a whole group of people. That’s their game. That’s the whole philosophy. Their message is people of color are coming here to destroy a neighborhood. They hope people will buy into it,” Felton said. [Ed. Note: White is also a "color", asshole.]

The signs were put up Sunday afternoon by a group of four people, three males and a female, according to several Carlisle Street residents. Wilkes-Barre’s Department of Public Works employees began removing the signs by late Monday afternoon, said Bridget Giunta, city spokeswoman.

Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye on Monday condemned the flyer and the group behind its mass posting in the city. “I am, and always have been, troubled by this organization’s philosophies — especially some of the photos displayed on their website,” the chief said.

And the Newsnet14 editor who originally posted this story on Newsnet14 also included this response:

Editors note: This article is a perfect example of distorted media bias. For one, these fliers were posted on Saturday and not Sunday as the papers clam and had nothing to do with MLK day. There is nothing hateful or shocking about them, they simply address the real issues taking shape throughout our state. You can see the flier for yourself by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Also, there are no photos of “neo-Nazi style poses by group members and displays of anti-Semitic signs” anywhere on our website. That was an exaggeration of the photos taken from the 10/27/07 Philadelphia anti-war demonstration. The man saluting in the George Bush mask is not a member of the KSS and is obviously making a statement regarding President Bush. The same rings true for the “melee with a rival skinhead group that led to a stabbing”. An incident involving independent White Nationalist Skinheads, none of them KSS, being attacked by anti-racist skinheads.

Ever since the unfortunate dustup between the Vinlanders and the National Socialist Movement at Nordic Fest 2006 (KSS were in attendance but did not participate in the fight), the KSS have worked hard to upgrade their image in order to avoid catering to the popular stereotypes about skinheads. The KSS were a significant part of a recent National Geographic special about the white power movement.

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