Alt-right promotional cards found in downtown Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - People in downtown Omaha were shocked to learn about an effort to spread a message of hate using cards showing a swastika and the phrase "alt-right.'"

"I think Omaha should be a place where everyone should feel accepted," Erin Bennett said.  

The back of the card reads: "America was 90 percent white in 1950, now it's 60 percent. Make America great again."

"It shocks me but it sickens me and that's all I can say because it just the worst thing I can even imagine happening in this world," Carol Zacek said. 

Mayor Jean Stothert's Office says they received a tip to their hotline on Friday from a woman saying she found the card at a parking meter at 20th and Farnam streets, and that it was the first such complaint the mayor's office had received. 

Roxanne Nielsen says she was alarmed and concerned when her 16-year-old granddaughter found one of the cards at the 10th Street overpass on Sunday.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are five active hate groups in Nebraska; one of them, American Vanguard, has ties to the august Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that spurred a counter-protest that turned deadly. 

Maggie Wood with Inclusive Communities says incidents like this are too big to let go, adding there needs to be a bigger dialogue that hate will not be accepted in our neighborhood. 

"I think there needs to be more conversation around this. The more that we ignore these things the more likely they are to happen," Wood said. 

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