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Racist Leaflets Surface in Pa.

March 10, 2000

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Leaflets urging whites to fight for their rights were distributed near the neighborhood of one of five white people shot last week, allegedly by a black man.

The leaflets read in part, ``Black Crime: White Victim ... Are You Next? Say No To Political Correctness! Stand Up And Fight! Our Race Is Our Nation!″ The text was superimposed on a circled cross that included the words, ``White Power.″

Ronald Taylor, 39, is accused of fatally shooting a maintenance man March 1 at his apartment building in nearby Wilkinsburg and of shooting four more people _ killing two _ at fast-food restaurants.

Investigators said writings found in Taylor’s apartment contained invectives aimed at Jews, Asians, whites, Italians, police and the media. He was committed Thursday for a 90-day mental evaluation.

Authorities denounced the leaflets, which appeared Monday in Irwin, North Irwin and North Huntingdon Township, all about 10 miles from Wilkinsburg. Richard Clinger, who survived the shooting, lived in North Huntingdon.

``We very much expected something like this. It’s the pattern of organized hate groups to exacerbate the existing tensions within the community,″ said Ann Van Dyke, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Police were investigating the distribution of the leaflets as ethnic intimidation. North Huntingdon Police Chief Charles Henaghan said a resident who came across one of the leaflets threw it in the trash.

``That’s about what it’s worth,″ Henaghan said.

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