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White Supremacist group has local ties

May 21, 2001

White Supremacist group has local ties



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY

andreabh@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown has been linked to a white supremacy group's recent recruiting efforts in York, Pa.

York residents awoke Saturday to find National Alliance recruiting stickers affixed to lamp posts, parking meters and pay phones.

The bright, orange stickers proclaim, "Earth's Most Endangered Species: The White Race. Help preserve it."

The stickers give a Hagerstown address and two Internet addresses for the National Alliance, which also has a Hagerstown-based hotline number.

The Anti-Defamation League calls the neo-Nazi National Alliance, or NA, the single most dangerous organized hate group in the United States. The ADL tracks Anti-Semitic and other hate groups here and abroad.

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The National Alliance has chapters in 17 states.

Hagerstown has an active NA chapter, National Alliance Chairman William Pierce said Sunday in a phone interview from the group's headquarters in Hillsboro, W.Va.

Pierce said it's likely that members from the National Alliance's Hagerstown unit participated in the nearby York recruiting effort.

York is about 67 miles northeast of Hagerstown.

The recent charges against York City Mayor Charlie Robertson and seven others in the slaying of Lillie Belle Allen during the 1969 race riots make York a prime recruiting area because some residents there may share opinions about the arrests that parallel NA views, Pierce said.

The Robertson arrest illustrates what National Alliance members perceive as a trend to put white people on the defensive, Pierce said.

"To me, it looks like somebody is reaching," he said. "We've got the white man on the run. Let's keep him running."

Pierce, a former American Nazi Party official, wrote a novel about white revolt in America called "The Turner Diaries." A well-worn copy of the book was found in Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's possession.

York officials had expressed concern that hate groups such as the National Alliance might capitalize on the recent arrests in the Civil Rights-era homicide case.

"Mark my words, there are people and groups of people ready to exploit our weaknesses, some of whom are very violent," said Steve Busch, former director of the city's Human Relations Commission.

Those posting the stickers could face charges of criminal mischief, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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