By Pat Schneider
A white supremacy publication is stirring concern in the west side neighborhood where copies have been appearing in driveways.
"It's very disturbing," said one resident who did not want her name used because she said she fears retaliation. She discovered an issue of the 16-page tabloid Aryan Alternative on Monday in the driveway of the Langlois Street house where she lives with her husband in the Glen Oak Hills neighborhood.
She described the paper as racist and anti-Jewish.
The Aryan Alternative, published in Kirksville, Mo., has a circulation of 70,000 nationwide, director of distribution Glenn Miller said Tuesday. Many copies are delivered unsolicited or handed out on street corners, he said.
"I pass them out wherever we go to white people," Miller said. "We're trying to wake up white people."
The publisher of the paper is Alex Linder, founder of the Vanguard News Network who, according to the Anti-Defamation League, split with the neo-Nazi National Alliance to found the White Freedom Party. Copies of the newspaper wrapped in plastic shopping bags were visible in two driveways on Merrill Crest Drive on Tuesday.
Madison police spokesman Carlos Valentin said that as of Tuesday two complaints about the newspapers had been received from residents of the Glen Oak Hills neighborhood.
But distributing offensive literature is not a crime, he said.
"If they are not making specific threats, it's hard to prove the literature is doing any harm," Valentin said. "If people don't like where it's coming from, they can dump it in the trash."
Steve Braunginn, a longtime local civil rights activist and resident of the neighborhood, says that's not enough.
He's encouraging Ald. Noel Radomski to speak on the issue at the next meeting of the City Council.
"Let's have Madison stand up straight and tall and declare in one unified voice: Get out, you're not welcome here."
Radomski was not available for comment Tuesday.
Published: December 29, 2005