Another flyer from a white supremacist group was found in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Highland Village near Lewisville last weekend.
This time, the flyer, which read “Keep America American” and “Report Any and All Illegal Aliens; They are Criminals” along with a phone number for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was placed inside a book called Undocumented by John Moore.
Antonella Longo found the flyer during an annual Christmas tree lighting event called Our Village Glows. She said she told a manager about the flyer as soon as she found it and went back with a friend the next day to make an official report with a manager as well as the Highland Village Police Department.
“It was really upsetting,” she said. “I thought about if someone who came here illegally or not and all they did was come to find a better life… if they found that flyer it would be very traumatizing.”
Longo is a professor at the University of North Texas and an Italian immigrant who said she became a citizen in 2010.
“It’s racial discrimination because you can’t know if someone is a citizen unless you ask them,” she said.
Undocumented is a photography book that was released earlier this year and documents the journeys of undocumented immigrants making their way to the United State while also capturing the images of a highly militarized U.S.-Mexico border.
Moore, who wrote the book, is also the photographer behind the famous photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying while her mother was detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Longo said the irony of finding Patriot Front's flyer in this book was not lost on her.
"I was looking at these moving pictures and this horrible flyer was under the cover the whole time," Longo said.
Patriot Front is classified as a white supremacist and neo-Nazi group by organizations like It's Going Down, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
The leader of the group, Thomas Rousseau, has a citation from the Fort Worth Police Department for placing signs and stickers like the one found inside Barnes & Noble on public property.
A spokesperson from Barnes & Noble said, "Our booksellers are diligent about checking the stock in our stores and certainly try to make sure there are no flyers or other external materials. We want customers to feel welcome and comfortable in our stores.”
As she walked through the bookstore with her family, Longo said she looked around at her diverse community and began to realize how close the group's activity was to the residents of Highland Village.
“I’m mainly worried because these groups are starting to get violent and the book store was full of children and people of different ethnicities, races and religions,” she said.
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