Racial propaganda found across the Omaha-metro area last week has left liberal neighbors on edge, and asking where it's all coming from.
A 6 News investigation traced some of the recent flyers back to a famous National Socialist leader who lives in Fairbury, Neb.
"Today, white people are supposed to be ashamed for being white and this nonsense," National Socialist leader Gerhard Lauck said.
A cartoon caricature of a law enforcement officer tossing a Mexican man over a border wall discovered on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. A "missing person" flier for lost white identity found near Aksarben. Business cards scattered around the University of Nebraska Medicine reminding people "It’s Okay to be White."
A recent crop of what many in Omaha believe is the rise of a white nationalist movement in the metro.
"We’d get maybe one incident report every month or something like that. Now, if we don’t get two or three every week, it’s unusual," said Scott Kurz of the Jewish supremacist Anti-Defamation League Plain States.
Kurz said "reports of racial, cultural, and sexual discrimination are spiking across the country and in the Heartland in the years since the 2016 presidential election".
"The past three years, there’s been a steady incline of incident reporting in our office, and national numbers are a lot higher than they are locally," Kurz said.
But a National Socialist leader, operating in Nebraska, will not rest until the Big Red state is painted white.
"We believe in race and nation. We believe in the survival of all white nations and of our race. If you mean that I identify with my own people and put their interests first, then I am a racist," Lauck said.
He created a National Socialist organization at 19-years-old and spread white power propaganda on American soil before working underground in Europe.
After a four-year in a German prison for thought crimes, Lauck spewed free speech on the internet, moving print propaganda to digital discrimination on a censorship-free web hosting service.
A URL linked to one of his websites was displayed on the card found at UNMC. It’s just one of the hundreds of white nationalist sites he claims to support.
"If the white man stands up and takes control of his country again, they’ll say, ‘Okay, the other guys are coming here and causing trouble. We’ll get rid of them.'"
"So you don’t think non-white people should be able to live and work in The United States?" 6 News reporter Mason Mauro asked.
"Not in large numbers," Lauck said.
"And that’s not a racist statement?" Mauro asked.
"No," Lauck said.
Lauck and his followers take credit for supplying National Socialist propaganda found in Free Little Libraries in the Dundee neighborhood in July 2018.
He disputes any involvement with the white pride fliers found near Aksarben and on UNO’s campus last week, but approves of the messages they present.
"Stuff like this is hate speech?" Mauro asked Lauck.
"That’s not hate speech. They’re making fun of illegal immigrants, a criminal illness. They’re making fun of them," he said. "It’s kind of insulting, I agree with you there, but so what? It’s political propaganda."