White supremacist propaganda appears in California cities as they prepare for the White Lives Matter rally

There have been several reports of white supremacist propaganda popping up in Southern California cities in recent weeks, ahead of a White Lives Matter rally slated for Sunday in Huntington Beach.

The most recent incident occurred in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, where handwritten flyers were found Wednesday morning containing the white supremacist slogan: “the 14 words,” according to the Long Beach Post, which the Anti Defamation League (ADL) said. means: “We must ensure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

“I am extremely heartbroken that someone has used our community as a platform to spread hate,” Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin told The Post on Wednesday.

Numerous flyers were found taped outside of local businesses in the Bixby Knolls area.

After Chris Callopy, executive director of the Long Beach Teachers’ Association, found a flyer posted outside a storefront outside his organization’s offices, he immediately called the police.

He reviewed footage from the building’s security camera that the Post shared on YouTube on Wednesday, which captured an unidentified individual in the left corner of the screen displaying one of the white supremacist flyers around 1 h 15.

“It’s so weird,” Callopy told the Post. “I’ve worked here in Long Beach for 13 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

A few days before Easter Sunday, the Huntington Beach Police Department learned of several fliers promoting the KKK that morning and conducted an initial investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department Lt. Brian Smith said. . Newsweek.

A Twitter user shared an image of the distributed flyer, which featured a hooded klansman and a burning cross, later that evening and chose to omit the phone number and website.

A bit more about the KKK flyers handed out in downtown Huntington Beach this morning (redacted, I don’t share their phone or website). They are similar to those used in North Carolina in 2016, the same year Will Quigg showed up in Anaheim. https://t.co/3OBXxHshpd pic.twitter.com/mTZ0QS0rko

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“Say No to Cultural Genocide,” the flyer said in part.

Smith said the flyers appeared to be the same ones that were left around Newport Beach a week prior.

These leaflets were distributed to the homes of area residents by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Newsweek Previously reported.

Regarding the upcoming White Lives Matter rally, Smith said: “So far we have not been able to identify who is hosting the event and no one has contacted the Huntington Beach Police Department. to discuss their plans.Typically, organizers contact the police department to discuss their plans ahead of time to ensure they comply with laws and regulations.

He added that his department had been contacted by a Black Lives Matter representative who said the rally would take place at Pier Plaza.

An aerial view shows the Pier Plaza parking lot in Huntington Beach, California, May 2, 2020. This is where a White Lives Matter rally is believed to be held on April 11, according to Lt. Brian Smith of the Huntington Beach Police Department .
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“Gatherings and demonstrations at Pier Plaza are commonplace and do not require a permit as it is a public space, except in certain circumstances, such as if the organizer wishes to set up a stage, restrict access to an area or use public services,” Smith said.

“I can assure you that we will not condone any act of violence or criminal behavior intended to intimidate others,” Huntington Beach Police Chief Julian Harvey said in a statement that made it clear the department was aware of the rally. .

White supremacist propaganda efforts increased in 2020 and nearly doubled since 2019, according to an ADL report.

Newsweek also contacted the Long Beach Police Department.

Bernard P. Love