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Chicago Catholic Schools Targeted with Hate Literature

Catholic parishes in the Chicago area have been targeted with racist leaflets distributed by the National Alliance, a virulently racist and anti-Semitic hate group based in Hillsboro, West Virginia. The National Alliance's founder and current leader is William Pierce, author of The Turner Diaries.

The leaflets, which warned whites about traveling to parishes in black neighborhoods, appeared July 22, 2001 on windshields in the parking lot of Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Evergreen Park. The parish is a member of the Southside Catholic Conference, a predominately white athletic league that is currently involved in a membership dispute with an all-black school.

Richard Hirschhaut, Director of the ADL's Chicago Regional Office, said it was the first time the National Alliance had become engaged in a high-profile race issue in Chicago. Earlier this year, the National Alliance was involved in leafleting in the aftermath of the race riots in Cleveland.

"Maybe this kind of grotesque bigotry will remind all of the parties involved in the discussion to rededicate themselves to seeking an amicable and positive outcome," Hirschhaut said.

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