“Keep America American.”
Those were the first words a Gwinnett County community woke up to Easter Sunday after a white nationalist group left flyers encouraging the neighborhood to report unauthorized immigrants.
“I posted about this being hate mail,” Braselton resident Anna Roper told Channel 2 Action News. “I picked up as many as I could and put them in the trash.”
The flyers, left by Texas-based The Patriot Front, included a hotline for tipsters to call Homeland Security to report undocumented citizens. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the white supremacist group is rooted in maintaining America’s identity as a European-American identity through regular distribution of racist and anti-Semitic messages.
But the “terrible” messages didn’t end there.
Roper said racist graffiti targeted toward black people were left on a bridge near the Mulberry Park subdivision. Those messages have since been painted over, Channel 2 reported. It is not clear if the same group is behind the graffiti.
Roper said the flyers and messages were surprising since the neighborhood is diverse.
“I’ve cried a lot this morning about this,” she said. “…It means a lot to me.”
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