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Nazi Flyers Popping Up in Arlington

by ARLnow.com December 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm 2,455 26 Comments

An anonymous tipster alerts us to a wave of Nazi propaganda left on the doorsteps of houses in an (as yet unnamed) Arlington neighborhood.

According to messages on the (as yet unnamed) neighborhood listserve, the flyers are similar, if not identical to these leaflets that were distributed on Metro in 2006.

Last week I came home to find a 2 page flyer (yellow and cream colored) stuck in my door. The sponsoring “groups” are “New Order” (with a swastika in the center of the “O”) and “White Workers Emergency Action (WWEA)”. Both of these groups use PO boxes in Milwaukee,WI, and require you to send a $1 to them for more information. The basic message of these hate filled flyers was to support “White pride” and to end “RaZism” The messages were quite disturbing to me – as was seeing a swastika front and center. I’ve spoken to a few people, but they didn’t receive them (or notice them) – just wondering if anyone else did – and to find out if there’s anything we can/should do about this. I’m no lawyer, but I do know they have a right to express their opinions – but is it lawful to solicit this way?

Another listserve missive recalled the days when Arlington was the home of the American Nazi Party.

Remember that George Lincoln Rockwell, the paragon of these goofballs, had his HQ in [Clarendon-Courthouse], just above the Java Shack (it wasn’t the Java Shack then), and was assassinated on Wilson Blvd. coming out of the Econowash.

We think the unnamed neighborhood in question is either Virginia Square or Douglas Park — if someone could please confirm that in the comments, we’ll update the story.

Update at 2:00 p.m. — The same flyer has apparently been randomly distributed in various parts of Arlington over the years. One local resident says the leaflet was left on the doors of homes in the Westover / Highland Park neighborhood in June.

  • MrStevens

    Don’t be so quick to rule out members of minority groups. A few universities have had this issue in the past few years, including one in the District. I’m not saying this is the fact, but sometimes this is done…

    • Westover

      Sad, but true.
      To Paraphrase Jake Blues, “I hate Arlington/Wisconsin Nazis!”

      • JohnB

        +1

    • CrystalCity’er

      or… more likely, its neo-nazis, as the flyers suggest.

  • Darwin

    I keep getting stuff from the Democratic party, just goes to show anyone can mail you stuff that you’d never support!

    • CJR

      +1

    • TGEoA

      Menu, menu, menu, ACDC progoganda, menu, menu, White Youth flyer, menu.

    • Lou

      Well played.

    • el fat kid

      I thought Republicans had “refudiated” you, Darwin…

    • mehoo

      Go evolve, Darwin.

    • Just the Facts

      False equivalency = latest hobgoblin of little minds.

  • Bender

    I’ll never understand why folks give these handfuls of maroons free publicity, or otherwise hyperventilate and blow such tiny things all out of proportion. So a couple of small people — either racists or provacateurs — distributed some flyers? The only consideration that they deserve is to ignore them.

  • John Snyder

    Nope, don’t think it was Douglas Park. We have seen offers of free fresh lefse and reports on the bonfire and caroling in the park, but nothing about neo-Nazi’s.

  • Don Quixote

    It’s at least Virginia Square, near W-LHS. Great to know these blowhards are wasting their paper budget in a generally unsympathetic ‘hood, though — should limit their end-of-year recruitment numbers!

  • mehoo

    I saw some hateful comments about el Salvadorans on this forum, but no Nazi fliers.

  • mehoo

    Nazi flyers? There are still Luftwaffe pilots around?

    • Brandon C

      Say what you will about their politics, but their Luftwaffles are delicious.

  • So, is this entire article (first sentence) and comment string (second comment) an example of Godwin’s Law gone wildly berserk? Does that make it irrelevant? And did it lose the argument with itself?

    • mehoo

      It’s an article about Nazis, FD. You can’t Godwin a thread that’s already about Nazis.

  • mehoo

    Yeah, okay, you already knew that. I get it. lolz

  • Chris

    We had that flier last spring at selected houses – including mine – in the Highland Park-Overlee Knolls neighborhood (vicinity of Washington Blvd and Ohio St). I think the brave young racists hit houses that appeared to be empty at the time.

    • Chris

      Sarcasm, that was. Should have put “brave” in quotation marks, to make the sarcasm more clear. These are cowardly and pitiful people who do this.

      • mehoo

        Don’t worry, we got it.

  • Christopher Fotos

    >>Remember that George Lincoln Rockwell, the paragon of these goofballs, had his HQ in [Clarendon-Courthouse], just above the Java Shack (it wasn’t the Java Shack then)…<<

    I welcome this comment as evidence I was not hallucinating. When I first came to Arlington in 1981, I was walking around that area and stumbled, dumfounded, on a little brick building with a swastika over the front door. I always meant to take a picture of it but never did, and sometimes doubted my memory.

    So see? Something good came of this.

    • mehoo

      Yeah, interesting history in Wikipedia about it. According to the article, he was shot at Dominion Hills Shopping Center, and admirers kept painting a swastika in the parking lot where he died each year for a while.

  • Johna

    I think the outrage that people expressed over these flyers far more disturbing than the flyers themselves. You live in Arlington, within sight of the nation’s capitol, where the 1st Amendment is enshrined and (supposedly) revered. You’d think you’d be used to hearing and seeing a lot of diverse opinions, even very unpopular ones. But a couple of pieces of paper show up here and there and people go into a panic mode acting like the 1st Panzer Division is about to come rolling up Wilson Blvd. The jokers who planted those flyers must be laughing their butts off a what a bunch of spineless jellyfish you are.

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