Murrells Inlet residents in South Carolina are on edge after flyers showed up on people’s driveways.
Residents said this is not the first time it’s happened in the area.
The advocacy organization fighting antisemitism – StopAntisemitism – has attributed the antisemitic flyers to the Goyim Defense League (GDL). The league travels the country distributing these hateful flyers targeted Jewish communities. On July 6, 2023, South Carolina authorities arrested Jamin Christian Fite and charged him with two accounts of littering. Fite had nearly 800 pamphlets in his vehicle. Similar leaflets were uncovered in December 2022.
“Last year one came down and no one really thought much of it. They just thought it was a real whack. And then another one came and people started getting concerned. But when the third one came, then it became a real problem,” said Jeffery Lagringe, a resident.
They usually consist of a plastic bag filled with rice, rocks, or, most recently, wood pellets. Along with a flyer targeting a certain group of people.
“I think it’s terrible. I think it’s racist. It’s a shame that people think they have the right to go around and say those kinds of things without any kind of consequences,” said Pat Murphy, a resident.
“You can’t be comfortable anymore,” Lagringe said.
Similar incidents have happened in Carolina Forest, Conway, Surfside Beach, and Georgetown County.
Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said the most someone could get charged for in an incident like this one in this area is littering.
“We have a first amendment, that does not allow us to criminalize unwelcomed speech,” Richardson said.
These flyers also include a link to a website that encourages people to download the flyers and distribute them.
These flyers contain everything from antisemitic propaganda to anti-LGBTQ+ speech.
“I think it’s disgusting. People feel they have the right to go out and say anything and distribute propaganda like that to try to get other people on their side,” Murphy
Lagringe said he doesn’t feel as safe in his own home as before.
“My wife is locking the doors every night, you know, some of the security stuff has changed,” Lagringe said.