Friday, May 04, 2001

Racist fliers appear in Westwood




By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Racist fliers appeared early Thursday on the front lawns of at least 20 Westwood homes.

        The fliers claimed that “more than 100 whites were attacked” during the civil unrest in Cincinnati last month and urged whites to “take back the country that we built.”

        “People here on the west side are moving into Northern Kentucky and even southeast Indiana,” the fliers read. “Blacks have turned once-decent west-side neighborhoods into violent, crack-infested welfare ghettoes. Are you prepared to let your neighborhood suffer the same fate?”

        Barry Wood, president of the Westwood Civic Association, believes those who dispersed the fliers are taking advantage of the recent riots. The violence mainly happened in predominantly black neighborhoods.

        Westwood is predominantly white. However, between 1990 and 2000, the neighborhood's black population jumped 84 percent.

        Mr. Wood learned of the fliers after civic association members notified him. The fliers were left on Buell Street and Epworth, Glenmore, Daytona and Ramona avenues, he said.        

“Any little fear”

        “The bottom line would be hate. Hateful fear-mongering is not welcome in Westwood at a time when all of us should be striving to find ways of opening doors of understanding,” he said.

        “It's probably some individual from this city that did it. They're looking ... (to) prey on any little fear that might be in the back of someone's mind.”

        The fliers bore the name National Alliance of Hillsboro, W.Va. The same name was on fliers that appeared two weeks ago on lawns and in mailboxes in Butler County's Liberty and West Chester townships. About 100 Alexandria residents also received the fliers.

        Butler County sheriff's deputies and Fairfield Township police officers tracked down a vehicle from which the fliers reportedly were being tossed.

        Police did not arrest the four Ohio men in the car. Instead, they cited them on misdemeanor littering charges.

        They were identified as Matthew Paul Morris, 19, of Bay Village; Seth E. Chaney, 26, of Carroll; Michael E. Johnston, 26, of Ravenna; and Howard J. Wilkleman, 25, of Newton Falls.

       



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