Local NSM activists have twice distributed flyers in Odessa which call for a national socialist government and blame third world and undocumented immigrants for crippling the U.S.'s economy, most recently during the weekend of December 29-30. Cited by both media outlets is Daniel Lawrence, the Texas unit leader of the NSM out of Tyler, who said that while the NSM promotes a pro-white agenda, it doesn't hate anyone. NSM members consider themselves color blind and open to all religions, although NSM membership is restricted to non-Jewish Whites (the rival American Nazi Party has a separate channel for non-White sympathizers). However, Lawrence confirmed that the NSM opposes homosexuality, and that NSM members generally believe that accounts of the Holocaust have been exaggerated (KWES reported that NSM members believe the Holocaust didn't happen, which is a distortion). In addition, along with ensuring White people have jobs, the NSM also promotes withdrawing from foreign wars and putting soldiers on the Texas-Mexico border and preserving white heritage
Specifically, Lawrence told KWES "I'm not racist towards any color of skin. If a man wants to make a living and feed his family and pay his taxes and keep his money that he's earned here in America, then I am all for that man." When asked how he responded to people calling him "crazy", Lawrence replied "All I can see is, if you really educate yourself, then you, yourself, can become enlightened, and once you become enlightened, it doesn't matter what people call you. It don't matter if they call you 'crazy' because you know the truth."
Lawrence told OA Online that although the term "Nazi" is factually accurate because it comes from the German words for national socialist, he considers it derogatory because it's been used as an epithet, and so he prefers the term "national socialist". Lawrence also stated that the local flyer distribution is part of a larger statewide initiative which includes flyer distribution in Dallas and south Texas. The NSM is interested in Odessa because of the increasing Hispanic population, much of which is believed to be in the country illegally. City-Data reveals that Odessa is 50.6 percent Hispanic, while Midland is only 37.6 percent Hispanic.
Lawrence also stated that the NSM's rate of growth in membership in the Midland-Odessa area has doubled over the past two years, attributing it to Barack Obama's policies on immigration and his recent re-election. The growth claims were indirectly verified by Una Voz Unida, which says that the Permian Basin has seen a gradual growth of these "types" of groups over the past couple of years. Contact information for NSM Texas is available HERE.
Police will keep an eye out, but not interfere so long as the NSM's activities are legal. Cpl. Sherrie Carruth of the Odessa Police Department said the group is not doing anything illegal by distributing the flyers, and no reports can even be made since there’s no violation of the law. One supportive comment was appended to the KOSA story:
Nsm Odessa January 5th 8:00 P.M:
we do not like to be referred to as "neo-nazis". we do look up to hitler, and we do love our symbols. but u will hear all that when we come to town in full force.