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Wed, 12.15.2004

White Supremacists Recruit Membership in Minnesota

On this date in 2004, it was reported that one of the largest white-American supremacist groups in the country was recruiting members in Duluth, Minnesota.

Over the previous weekend, mailings were handed out from recruiters for the National Alliance, a 30-year-old group based in West Virginia. The African American Registry realizes that this activity is an ongoing process but felt the need to spotlight this episode as a benchmark, an appearance, of today's racism against Blacks.

Recruiters dropped leaflets in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood. “It just about made me sick. I've never seen anything that disturbing," said Angela Dougherty, who found leaflets on her driveway that Saturday. The literature said Minnesotans should say no to what the group called the “African invasion.” Officials with the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil-rights group, said the National Alliance is among the largest and most influential white supremacist groups.

Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's intelligence division, said, “They are the most important neo-Nazi group in the country, hands down.”



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