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BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -
A small paper wrapped in plastic and left in driveways in Blue Springs has angered one couple who received it.
A flyer wrapped around the paper titled "Immigration or Invasion?" states, "non-whites are turning America into a third-world slum ... Let's send them home now."
"This is not how I feel about things," said Jeanne Brauhar-Trible.
Brauhar-Trible said she lives in a racially diverse neighborhood and felt both offended and embarrassed about the tone of the publication.
"If they're going to hand this out they should have the courage to face us," said her husband, James Trible.
"Come to the door," Brauhar-Trible added. "Everybody else does."
The paper, a publication of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens, makes no secret of its most active members, using several pages to update members on activities of others in the organization.
One article decried the post-apartheid changes in South Africa, citing racially motivated killings of white Afrikaners. Another titled "The Marxist and Anti-Christian Foundations of the Struggle Against Apartheid," shows Nelson Mandela posing in front of a hammer and sickle, and captions the photo by identifying him as "Terrorist Leader Nelson Mandela."
Council of Conservative Citizens national board member Kyle Rogers said the organization is trying to highlight things intentionally ignored by what many call the mainstream media.
"A large number of EU parliament members, representing all but one of the EU party alliances, recently condemned the South African government for the large-scale murder of white farmers," he wrote to KCTV5.
Also included in the most recent edition is a list of violent crimes against white victims purported to be hate crimes.
The image on the outer flyer is a map of America with Mexico and Central America shown in red and red arrows pointing to the U.S. to show the spread of Latinos.
"This was something like what you would see during the old Nazi propaganda," said Trible.
CofCC CEO Gordon Baum rejected that characterization.
"We're not the KU Klux Klan; we're not the Nazis or any garbage like that," he told KCTV5 by phone on Tuesday. "We don't believe in violence or anything illegal. We have non-white members. We don't ask people (their race before they join)."
On the group's website, cofcc.org, it's Statement of Principles states, "We believe...that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and their character."
When asked if that meant the group believed the US government should not have any black, Latino or Asian people in elected office, Baum clarified the statement should not be interpreted that way.
"We'd like to keep America majority white," he clarified. "I just want the system of law we have. I don't want to look like they do in Haiti. If the whole nation changes ethnically, it will change the government."
Baum used several juxtapositions to make his point.
"Look at Rwanda and look at Switzerland," he said. "Duh. It's pretty obvious who's thriving. Do you want to go to Canada or go to Mexico? One doesn't have to be an Einstein to figure this out."
The CofCC has active chapters in 20 states. The organization and its newspaper, The Citizens Informer, have been around for 30 years, according to Baum.
Baum said some members order extra copies, from 10 to 500 extras, and take it upon themselves to distribute it.
"It's one of the ways we reach new people," he said. "If they don't like it, they can throw it in the recycling bin. We have a right to freedom of speech."
Brauhar-Trible agrees. Free speech is part of a free society. Her husband, on the other hand, thinks the content just barely avoiding the tipping point between free speech and hate speech. He encourages those opposed to the group's views to use their free speech rights to voice their opposition.
"You call out the people who are in these publications," Trible said.
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