Sandy Woman Speaks Out Against Hate Literature

Sandy Woman Speaks Out Against Hate Literature

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John Daley reportingMany of us never experience discrimination because of the color of our skin or our religion. But one Utahn is speaking out after someone recently left hate literature at her front door.

A number of households in Sandy got them, but one of the residents there has every reason to think the flyers were directed just at her and her family.

Sonia James found the flyers attached to her front door.

Sonia James/ Sandy Resident: "My first reaction was more anger and disgust. My second reaction was more fear. What if they have some intentions to do something because they've identified me?"

One warns "blacks are likely to riot...and go on an anti-white rampage." Another says "Missing...a future for white children." Each lists the website for the nation's largest white supremacy group.

While James got the flyer at her front door, others in the mostly white neighborhood found them on their driveways. Neighbor Jeryl Malaska calls the messages "just plain wrong."

This is the second time James has been singled out. The first happened a decade ago in Taylorsville.

Sonia James/ Sandy Resident: "They busted out the headlights on my car and on the front and the back they put feces on my car. They put butter or cream on the windows of my house and wrote, 'Nigger get out.'"

That convinced her to move to another town. James, a single mother of three, says this time she is rattled and is looking over her shoulder, but determined to speak out.

Sonia James/ Sandy Resident: "This is my house, this is my life. I was born African-American. Can't change that. It's going to stay that way. But to hate, and you don't even know me, is wrong."

Neighbors say for years they're been getting flyers like this.

Meantime, James says she's getting involved with other anti-discrimination advocates and has contacted Sandy police and her state representatives. She says some officials are much more helpful and sympathetic than others.

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