Group spreads plastic bags filled with hate message across Indy neighborhood

(WTHR Photo/Dave MacAnally)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — "Hate in a Ziploc." That's what you call it.

A hate group peppered a neighborhood with recruiting messages over the weekend and now some residents there say "NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD."

Families live here, the Hacienda, a quiet mobile home park off Franklin Road on the southeast side. Kids find it a good place to play. Some parents found something else.

"These are just flyers that we found this morning when we all woke up. Pretty much hate propaganda," said Lydia Ladue.

Plastic sandwich bags were filled with a white power flyer and business card inside.

So hate filled that Lydia, her neighbor Dan and others tried to collect as many as they could.

"Because our children, we are a community of races and I did not want any of them to wake up and see such hateful things on their way to school," said Ladue.

Whoever organized the hate literature drop wanted to make sure their messages reached their target.

"They put rocks so the wind wouldn't blow them away. Folded it, put their business cards in it," said Ladue.

"I didn't like it," said Dan. "Like she said there’s all races here in this community and it's a decent community and stuff like that is totally ridiculous."

In the packet, a flyer was printed with a symbol similar to that of the KKK, a hooded figure or a horse. The flyer reads, "Reclaim your former glory."

Eyewitness News called the phone number and reached an answering machine that appears to be in Pennsylvania.

"Why are you targeting this neighborhood?" we asked in our message. No response as of Monday night.

The group named on the flyer is recognized as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center which tracks those organizations.

"The way hate spreads. We need the hate crime law here in Indiana," said Lydia, the mother of a biracial teen.

Since Nazi symbols were painted at a Carmel synagogue last month, there are renewed calls for hate crime legislation.

Indiana is one of the few states not to have such a law on the books. One of only five states.

Lydia says "government officials need to step up and make sure we’re all safe."

"My daughter will be 18. She is also biracial. When I showed her, she just didn’t believe they were still here."