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The John Birch Society
Forged racist letters sent to Oklahoma City media
The John Birch Society denounces letters, racism, and those involved
APPLETON, WIS.—April 8, 2010—A highly disturbing letter printed on “White Christians’ Fraternal Order…” letterhead, dated April 7, 2010, was sent to at least one media outlet in Oklahoma City, The Black Chronicle. The letter's return address is for the “John Birch Institute, 701 Colcord Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.” That physical street address is actually for the Oklahoma City Police Department.
The phone number listed on the bottom of the letter is the number for The John Birch Society headquarters office in Appleton, WI: 920-749-3780. The letter closes with a twisted version of one of JBS’s tag lines: Standing for Family & Freedom.
Bill Hahn, Public Relations Manager for The John Birch Society, said, "We are making this available to alert the Oklahoma City media that the letter did not come from The John Birch Society. We do not know who sent it. We do not approve of the letter’s message and strongly denounce both the message and the individual or group involved in this disgusting and illegal activity. We have reported this to the Oklahoma City Police Department. We thank The Black Chronicle for immediately alerting us of the letter and faxing us a copy."
Mr. Russell Perry, President of The Black Chronicle, stated, "I received this irresponsible letter and had it forwarded over to The John Birch Society leadership right away for them to constructively respond to."
Mr. Clark Curry, Chapter Leader for the Oklahoma City local JBS, said of the letter, "This is not the first time that false correspondence has gone out purporting to be from The John Birch Society. The Society knows of several instances over its 52-year history when similar false letters have attempted to align JBS with racist methods or organizations."
Racism is not acceptable and is not tolerated at The John Birch Society.
If you have received one of these letters, please let us and the Oklahoma City Police Department (405-297-1000) know right away.
According to its website, The Black Chronicle newspaper is "a weekly periodical servicing the Oklahoma City metro area's African American population" and "has grown into one of the largest paid weekly newspapers in the state of Oklahoma."
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit JBS.org for more information.