The National Socialist Movement (NSM) has officially confirmed that members of their Utah State Unit, based in the Salt Lake City metro area, were responsible for the distribution of two of their flyers in the Sugar House area on March 11th, 2009. In addition, the NSM spokesman suggested that interracial couples in the neighborhood who feel targeted may instead be suffering from a "guilty conscience" over their relationships.
All previous posts on this event can be viewed HERE, with the most recent post appearing first.
While the NSM has yet to publish anything about the distro on their website, a spokesman identified as Capt. Charles Wilson, who heads up the NSM's Public Relations Department, discussed the incident with KUTV Channel 2. Wilson states that the flyers, which can be viewed HERE and HERE, do not promote hate, but instead promote separatism. But one local resident, who lives next to an interracial couple, vociferously disagreed. KUTV news video embedded below:
When asked if the flyers were intended to motivate the interracial couples in the immediate area to move, Wilson stated, “I don’t think they (flier distributors) see a mixed couple and actually tried targeting them. For them (people in an interracial relationship) to feel singled out or whatever it’s probably their own guilty consciences”. Wilson further explained that local NSM members most likely decided to distribute the flyers on the spur of the moment, opportunistically.
According to Wilson, the NSM is gaining anywhere from 13-18 new members every week, but would not reveal how many members are in Utah. The organization is clearly growing and even has an international reach, with units in Canada, Australia, Europe, and South Africa. The four-day delay in official NSM reaction to this story is uncharacteristic and may be attributable to their preoccupation with preparations for their upcoming 35th birthday commemoration to be held in St. Louis on April 17-18.
In a related story, the Salt Lake Tribune reports that the FBI is continuing to investigate the flyer distribution as a possible hate crime. FBI spokesman Juan Becerra said agents are trying to determine whether the flyers were intended to target and threaten particular households -- a necessary element for a hate crime. But Becerra would not specifically discuss whether any of the recipients are Jewish or are interracial couples.