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American Nazi Party

Racist fliers citing the American Nazi Party and disparaging Jews appeared in East Missoula on Monday – after landing more than a week ago on the west side of the Garden City.

Erin O'Riordain said Monday she and her family had been out all day delivering turkeys to home-bound people. When they got home, she saw the pair of fliers on her doorstep and the "hate they're spewing."

One flier touts "a future for white children" and says the Jews want to "destroy us and our families ... perverting us with their own special kind of poison."

"It's just really (expletive) scary," O'Riordain said.

She said she was pleased to grab the material before any of her three children could see it. However, she said she saw the literature had landed in front of the home of at least one neighbor.

"Maybe they're blanketing the neighborhood, but I don't know," O'Riordain said.

Racist and antisemitic activity has cropped up since November's election, and the Montana Human Rights Network has been tracking accounts of verbal abuse and in some cases violence in the state.

President-elect Donald Trump has been accused of making racist statements, and white supremacists and members of the "alt right" have celebrated his victory. However, after Trump was elected, he told people harassing minorities to "stop it" in a televised interview.

Monday, Network co-director Rachel Carroll Rivas said antisemitic literature also appeared recently in Kalispell, although the white supremacist material didn't cite the American Nazi Party.

She said she also heard reports about Nazi and white supremacist graffiti in Missoula and at the University of Montana, although it wasn't clear when the vandalism took place.

Last week, the American Nazi Party did not respond to emailed requests for comment about its activity and membership.

Rivas said the people handing out fliers with the party's name could be highly involved with the organization or simply using the materials.  Either way, she believes the membership is small to minuscule in Montana.

A moderate number of people identify with the white supremacist message, though, membership numbers aside, she said. And they don't need large numbers to have an effect.

"It's still very impactful and clearly incites fear," Rivas said.

She said youth are feeling the brunt of the abuse because many young people have been harassed at schools across the state. It's important to give them care and attention, she said.

One outspoken leader of the "alt-right" movement is Richard Spencer of Whitefish, who heads an institute dedicated to the future of European people.

Rivas said Flathead County is among those pushing back on the messages of hate. She said taking action helps not only the individual, but those people who are targeted.

"I think that the only way to pull yourself out of that shock or that sadness is to act," Rivas said. "And that's a personal benefit, but clearly those being targeted need us."

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