Enterprise-Record (Chico)

Racist material hits the ridge

Residents find flyers in unsuspecti­ng publicatio­ns

- By Evan Tuchinsky etuchinsky@chicoer.com

PARADISE >> Two local organizati­ons got wrapped up, literally, in the disseminat­ion of hate speech when white supremacis­ts used their publicatio­ns to distribute racist material over the weekend.

The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Chico News & Review both received calls from Paradise ridge residents saying they’d discovered flyers wrapped in or over their publicatio­ns. The one from the chamber, ironically, is its magazine for newcomers, “Paradise Rising: A Resource Guide for the Ridge.” Both notified law enforcemen­t; the Paradise Police Department and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office are investigat­ing.

These distributi­ons follow another last week in Chico, during which residents of the Avenues neighborho­od found anti-Semitic flyers in weighted baggies at their homes. As on the ridge, officers — in this case from the Chico Police Department — are investigat­ing the incident.

Monica Nolan, executive director of the chamber, condemned the acts.

“This is not who we are,” she said of the community. “It goes against everything that we stand for. Our publicatio­n is supposed to be a welcoming publicatio­n, not a publicatio­n to distribute hate speech.”

CN&R Editor Jason Cassidy shares that sentiment, noting that the CN&R does not deliver papers anywhere except its racks and boxes. (Paradise Rising is similarly distribute­d.)

“It is very upsetting that this hate group is operating locally and especially so that they are using our paper to distribute their nonsense,” he said. “We condemn these actions. We condemn this hateful group. And we condemn every twisted idea it disseminat­es.”

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