Posted on April 7, 2008

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.

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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.

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[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.

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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.

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