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Bradenton community outraged after fliers defending white privilege surface

'They picked the wrong place'
Posted at 4:08 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 17:54:52-05

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Hate fliers claiming to be linked to a Neo-Nazi hate group have popped up across the arts district of Bradenton.

Businesses and homeowners in the Village of the Arts corridor in Bradenton woke up to fliers of hate this past week, but they say they were sent to the wrong community.

"They picked the wrong place, to dump their vicious literature," said Zoe Von Averkamp.

ABC Action News is blurring the flier to not give anyone a platform that paints a picture of white privilege.

"Honestly, I read the first couple sentences, and I thought, 'I don’t even want to read anymore,' so I just threw it in the garbage," said local business owner Dawn Collins.

The flier claims to link back to a Neo-Nazi hate group that is identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center, but a website listed on the paper is not valid.

The Bradenton Police Department confirms they have received three reports since this past weekend that they are taking seriously. However, the department's public information officer told us they are still investigating if a crime was committed.

Officers are also working with federal partners, however, they could not elaborate more.

Since the fliers came out, the arts community say it's actually brought them closer together.

"The Village of the Arts is like a rainbow, and I don’t just mean our colorful houses, people who live here come in all different shapes and sizes," said Von Averkamp.

The department said the fliers also went outside the art district, and neighbors tell us possibly for several blocks.