May 27, 2008

Update: 05/27/2008

Filed under: Keystone United News — Keystone United @ 11:07 pm

There has been much controversy regarding fliers that originated here at Several thousand fliers have been posted throughout the city and suburbs of Philadelphia by many of our supporters. Our message has has not only reached the hundreds of people who stopped to read the flier, but with the help of the media coverage the flier has been viewed by millions on television.  We have received dozens of emails from individuals commending our efforts and supporting our message and actions.  As well as the numerous forums, blogs and other medias that people are discussing the truth that no one else is willing to talk about.

Fox News: KSS owes over $100k in fines for fliers
NBC 10: Police: Racist Flyers Blanket Suburban Neighborhood
Racial fliers in Upper Darby draw outrage from top cop, township council members.
Story here.
City investigating racist posters
Story here.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Racist posters in parts of Philadelphia deemed legal. Wed, May. 21, 2008
Racist posters put up in Port Richmond and Northeast Philadelphia were “repugnant,” but still legal, the city’s Commission on Human Relations said yesterday. The poster features a photo of slain Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, who was killed while trying to apprehend bank robbers earlier this month in Port Richmond. The poster also shows three other white Philadelphia police officers killed in the line of duty, and the three black men charged in their deaths. It reads: “Guns don’t kill people. Dangerous minorities do. How much longer can you ignore this?”
A local group calling itself the Keystone State Skinheads took credit for the posters. “While we find their message of hate to be repugnant and their attempt to connect their motives and message to the death of Sgt. Liczbinski even more disgraceful, we live in a country that allows for certain freedoms of expression,” the commission stated in a news release yesterday. “At present, it appears that this group has not broken any laws.” Mayor Nutter had asked the commission to investigate the posters. The commission said it would continue to monitor the group for illegal activities.
The commission encourages residents to report suspected hate crimes by calling 215-686-4670 or e-mailing
Nutter Acknowledges Difficulty of Prosecuting Those Who Distributed Race-Baiting Fliers.
Story here.
Speech Police Investigate Posters.
Story here.

As well as news articles the talks surrounding the fliers has been discussed on radio talk shows such as: The Preston and Steve Show [FM 93.3 WMMR] & The Rush Limbaugh Show [AM 580 WHP]

Meanwhile in Wilkes – Barre area the KSS is receiving other news attention…

NAACP says no skinhead speaker
Ron Felton says chapter won’t provide group with forum.
By Sheena Delazio 829-7235
Staff Writer

In a press release issued by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, President Ron Felton states the organization has turned down an offer made by a member of the Keystone State Skinheads to speak at an upcoming anti-hate summit.
Felton, in the release, said that allowing Steve Smith, director of the local Keystone State Skinheads chapter, to speak at the summit in June is something the NAACP “does not normally engage in for obvious reasons.” Felton said he would consult with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission about the issue because it has more expertise in dealing with these groups.

Smith said he wasn’t surprised by the announcement. “That’s what I was expecting,” Smith said. “They don’t want an upsetting opinion. I’ve been on TV and offered to be at the summit. We’re out in the open already; we’re not hiding.” Smith said he doesn’t blame anyone for stereotyping his organization since, “They think they know how we’re supposed to be, when we’re really not that way.”Smith said his organization isn’t what Felton and those who don’t understand it think it is. “We have facts on our side,” Smith said.

Felton said in the release that “…the Wilkes-Barre NAACP will not be providing Steve Smith with the forum nor platform to promote his rhetoric. If Steve Smith is interested in making sure there’s a balanced message, then I suggest that he…organize a similar forum.”

Smith said his organization always has “something in the works for future events. “We’ll be out and about for people to meet us.”

Felton said the anti-hate summit is not a debate but a forum built around the presentation by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission that will leave the community with a process of spreading a much more positive message.

“It wouldn’t be a debate. It’s freedom of speech,” Smith said.

“We are inviting like-minded people who share our vision of non-violence and anti-hate,” Felton said in the release. “The newly constituted Luzerne County Diversity Commission is also in agreement with this response.”
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