This is in response to the May 29 article "Probe of racist flyers sought."

Pennsylvania State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas is quoted as saying this about the Keystone State Skinheads: "They might have the right to freedom of speech, but when that speech is designed to incite and encourage violence, it goes beyond the protection of the First Amendment."

What exactly is it in the flyers that KSS has produced that incites and encourages violence? The flyers merely alert residents to the very real problem of black violent crime and what it has done to a lot of cities all across Pennsylvania and the United States. According to the FBI uniform crime reports, blacks commit over 50 percent of all homicides while comprising just 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Thomas should be seeking pragmatic solutions to the rising black violent crime rate, instead of wringing his hands over a factual flyer. Philadelphia has one of the highest murder rates in the country, yet Thomas seems to care more about trampling on the constitutional rights of the Keystone State Skinheads.

Steve Smith

Regional director
Keystone State Skinheads