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Racist Fliers Sent to Henderson Residents

Posted July 26, 2007 1:47 p.m. EDT
Updated July 26, 2007 10:32 p.m. EDT

— Officials are speaking out against fliers mailed to some Henderson residents that include a racial epithet and calls for "white workers to rise up" against crimes by blacks.

The flier from the American National Socialist Workers Party makes reference to several incidents, including a June incident in Granville County.

According to Oxford police, former Henderson police officer Anthony Dale "Tony" Finch, who is white, waved a gun and shouted racial slurs at James Maye and Dionne Hensley, who are black. Police charged Finch with ethnic intimidation and pointing a firearm at the couple.

The flier, which gives the home addresses of Maye, Granville County District Attorney Sam Currin and several people who associate with the NAACP, urges people to contact those involved in the case and "let them know you won't tolerate another white victim of black crime and Jewish slander."

"We will not and cannot tolerate domestic terrorism, witness intimidation or 'incitable' speech that has a history of leading to acts of violence," said the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP.

Henderson Mayor Donald "Clem" Seifert Jr. denounced the fliers, saying he does not want them in his community.

He called Henderson a diverse community where, for the most part, people get along. Seifert said the last thing they need is a group coming in from outside, stirring up emotions and essentially trying to drive a wedge between people.

“My first reaction is to ball it up and throw it in the trash can,” he said. “I doubt that when our forefathers were writing the Constitution, this is the kind of crap they were trying to protect.”

What’s most concerning, Seifert said, is that the members of the group promised to come to Henderson and rally. They don’t name a specific date, but their flier said they’re coming in the near future.

“I really hope they don’t,” Seifert said. “They need to … go back to where they came from.”

Henderson business owner Patricia Newhouse said she was also unhappy about the mass mailing.

“No community needs this kind of bad publicity,” she said. “No community needs anybody that is going to spread divisiveness instead of unity.”

Terry Garrison is president of the Vance County chapter of the NAACP. He was not pleased that the mailer listed the names, phone numbers and home addresses of people involved.

“It’s very intimidating and very threatening,” he said. “I’m not an attorney, but it certainly seems to be an invasion of one's privacy.”