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Racist group plans rally outside Pitts' house

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By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Publisher

June 28, 2007, 9:00 a.m. - A white supremacist leader is planning a rally outside the home of Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts.

Bill White, who is leader of the American National Socialist Workers' Party, is urging his followers to email him if they wish to participate in a rally outside Pitts' home in Bowie Maryland.

Redding News Review first reported last Monday that White posted the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's personal information on his Web site causing hundreds of hate emails, phone calls and leaflets to be sent to the Pitts' home.

The FBI is now investigating.

White and his followers are upset over Pitts' June 3 column, in which the columnist questions "white supremacists and conservative bloggers" pushing of a story about the brutal murder of two whites into the mainstream media.

Pitts yesterday wrote a response in his nationally syndicated column.

"As you may know if you've seen CNN or read the paper, yours truly has lately been the target of death threats and harassment from the ranks of the not-so-tightly-wrapped," he wrote.

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"It turns out this tactic -- publishing private information for intimidation purposes -- is one these folks use frequently to silence those with whom they disagree," he wrote. "Which only deepens my appreciation for the sheer guts it took to be a Fred Shuttlesworth in Birmingham or a Medgar Evers in Jackson, speaking truth to power in a time and place where everyone knew your address, assassinations were common and you could not go to law enforcement because they were part of the problem. I'm not comparing myself to those civil rights icons. I am saying that like them, we shall not be moved."

White has said he has "no intention of removing Mr. Pitts' personal information" after being asked to do so by the Herald.

"Frankly, if some loony took the info and killed him, I wouldn't shed a tear," he wrote in response to the paper. "That also goes for your whole news room."

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