While many people had yesterday off in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Christopher Lee Falk was busy into the early hours of the morning, delivering white supremacist newspapers to a community that takes pride in integration.
Mr. Falk, 18, delivered 1,000 copies to front lawns in his hometown of Columbia, where, the self-proclaimed "skinhead" says, people should realize that "racial equality and integration are brainwashing tactics that hurt the white race."
"I'm proud to be white and I'm letting people know that I am," Mr. Falk said.
"Martin Luther King, and the people who built Columbia, preached that you should be tolerant of people's views and beliefs. So why can't they be tolerant of mine?"
His parents have ordered him out of their Wilde Lake townhouse, no longer willing to accept his role in a religious hate group. "We're not going to accept this kind of behavior anymore," said his father, William B. Falk, sociology department chairman at the University of Maryland College Park.
The newspaper, Racial Loyalty, is published by the Church of the Creator of Otto, N.C., which says blacks, Jews, Christians and "mud races" threaten survival of whites.
Many Columbia residents who received the paper were angry about the hate literature and the church group's efforts to distribute it in a community that prides itself on racial and religious acceptance.
But Christopher Falk said he has received numerous phone calls from supporters, and police say they cannot do anything other than report his name to state officials, who compile statistics on hate incidents.
Mr. Falk, who has a "skinhead" tattoo on his forehead, said the papers were distributed in Harper's Choice and Long Reach villages. "Columbia is our main target because it's so liberal and brainwashed," he said.
In the issue was an editorial by church founder Ben Klassen, who LTC argued that it is the "Manifest Destiny" of the white race to conquer other races. A cartoon showed a cowboy firing pistols at an Indian and a Mexican, with a caption saying, "Cleaning up the territory for the white race."
Mr. Falk, a high school dropout, said he became interested in the white supremacist cause as an elementary school student.
His mother, Geraldine Falk, said she and her husband had given their son an ultimatum after the last time he distributed the newspapers: Stop or get out of the house.
"We're among the people who moved to Columbia for equality and integration, and we think this is despicable," she said.