Overtly racist flyer sparks outrage in Detroit suburb

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – An overtly racist flyer has residents in a Detroit suburb up in arms over its message.

The flyer has a picture of Trayvon Martin and the words “Zimmerman was right. We will stop thugs like this.”

The flyer also shows the names and pictures of several white political officials in the area with the words “Lets get the blacks out of Southfield in November.”

The flyer has sparked outrage among residents who live and serve in Southfield community.

“When I heard about this, I flipped out,” said Barry Ross, an advocate for The Marcus Garvey Movement in Detroit. “How come no one saw anybody going to porches, condos or whatever?” Ross said.

After hearing about the flyers, the city released a statement saying the city does not condone this type of negative propaganda.

“The City of Southfield is proud to be a diverse community that is inclusive of all people. Southfield elected officials, staff and residents of numerous ethnic and religious backgrounds work effectively together every day to maintain the high quality of life that we have all come to expect and appreciate. No Southfield elected officials or staff condone this type of negative, deconstructive and harmful propaganda that is both unfounded and untrue.”

Ken Siver, a candidate for mayor and one of the faces on the flyers, told WDIV he is outraged someone would do this.

“It’s not our value here,” Siver said. “We all get along, we are a model of diversity and inclusiveness and whomever is behind this, it’s very sad that they’re trying to pull us apart.”

Some residents are calling for a police investigation into the matter because many of the flyers were stuffed in mailboxes without postage.

Officials say there could be possible campaign violations as well.


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