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Concerns over white supremacist fliers that have appeared in Fargo

Fliers saying "Trump was the first. We're the next" and "This country is your birthright. Don't give it up" were found downtown.
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A series of fliers that have been appearing in Fargo are raising concerns they signal that beginning of a white supremacist movement in the city.

Pictures of four fliers attached to posts in downtown alleys were posted on Facebook by Christopher Smith on Monday, which was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. They had been removed by Tuesday.

Four different fliers were posted, one saying "Trump was the first. We're the next" with the names of several white supremacist and nationalist websites posted below. Another says "This country is your birthright. Don't give it up" and another "Real Christians, drive out your parasite class."

Three of the fliers contain reference to the name "The Flyovers," possibly the name of the group behind the fliers. According to anti-racism Fargo nonprofit Unity-ND, it is a term used to designate the "Red States" that voted for Republican President Donald Trump in November.

Those same three fliers also feature a symbol depicting two vertical carets, which are positioned in a way reminiscent of a swastika. One shows a family sheltering under an umbrella emblazoned in this symbol from the Star of David, the Hammer and Sickle, a marijuana leaf and a syringe above it.

According to HPR.com, a fifth flier apparently with the website address Altright.com printed on it was also found saying "White people have a right to exist." Smith added that posters saying "White Lives Matter altright" promoting an alt-right barbecue started appearing last Thursday.

Speaking to the Fargo Forum, Unity-ND said there are indications that the group is wrapping its message "in the trappings of Norse mythology," which some neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups have been known to gravitate to because it mythologizes the virtues of early Northern European white folk, the Southern Poverty Law Center says.

"A person being proud of Swedish heritage is a good thing. But trying to hide your racism behind that pride is a whole 'nother thing," Kade Ferris of Unity-ND told the newspaper. "A thing like this gives good, honest, Scandinavian North Dakotans a black eye."

Unity-ND says that the fliers appear to be the work of an "a la carte" hate group that rather than sticking to a rigid set of beliefs, appears to be plucking themes from various ideologies to "fit their own twisted hate system."

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