Documents Generate Indignation
Sherry Long, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, April 6, 2008
More anti-multiculturalism fliers similar to the ones that appeared in Pittston earlier this week have been found posted on trees and utility poles in Shickshinny.
This comes just days after 18-year-old Nora Rynkeiwicz was arrested for vandalizing a Wilkes-Barre synagogue.
The black-and-white posters, which indicate white people should defend their heritage by fighting multi-culturalism, seem to be distributed by the Keystone State Skinheads, because its Web site and logo appear on the bottom of the fliers. An email seeking a response from the group was not received before deadline.
Borough officials and NAACP leaders are outraged at the postings. They vow to not let any hate group win.
As soon as the papers are torn down, someone or a group of people, whom the mayor calls cowards, come during the night to repost them.
[Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore] contacted the utility companies and was told they would be willing to file charges against the people posting the fliers.
Ron Felton, president of the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the postings have caused him to consider hosting an anti-hate rally to “demonstrate to these hate groups that we are not going to put up with the hate they are trying to spread.”
Felton commended Moore for taking a leadership stance in battling the people who are posting the documents.
The posters state multiculturalism destroys the uniqueness of different groups by serving as a weakness.
But Felton strongly disagrees with that.
“We are strengthened by our diversity,” he said.