The spread of hate speech graffiti targeting the black, Jewish, and LGBT communities in Brooklyn has caused a lot of concern locally, and questions were raised as to how to best report it after a series of U.S. postal stickers with hate speech was discovered last week along McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint.
North Brooklyn Democratic District Leader Nick Rizzo condemned the hate speech and in a statement pointed out the connection between Nazism and White Nationalism.
This incident shows the connection between Nazism, which we all know is un-American, and White Nationalism, which a bunch of American politicians openly support. Please be alert to rising Far Right incitements: We cannot allow hate to gain strength in Brooklyn. Know that ’14 words’ and 88 (code for ‘Heil Hitler’) are both White Nationalist symbols.
Brooklyn resident Mallory Seegal, who discovered the stickers on Sunday, adds that she was ‘disgusted’ by the language.
When I found these stickers on Sunday, I was disgusted but by no means surprised. This is just one example, out of many, of how white supremacy manifests. The complex and ongoing system of white supremacy is the disease, and the individual actions of white nationalists and white supremacists are a symptom. We are looking at two sides of the same coin.
While Greenpointers intended to help bring attention to the incident, the NYPD says that posting on social media first hinders investigations into these crimes.
Officer Rivera of the NYPD’s 94th Precinct Community Affairs informed Greenpointers that the most effective way to report hate graffiti is to leave the graffiti untouched and call 911 immediately, as 911 operators will be able to determine if it’s a situation that can be referred to 311. Not contacting the authorities first and posting on social media impedes the timing of the investigation. A proper investigation is paramount and can lead to an arrest, he said.
A joint statement from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Council Member Stephen Levin, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, State Senator Julia Salazar, and Representative Carolyn Maloney says they are committed to bringing the community together to combat the issue.
We strongly condemn the virulently anti-Semitic, homophobic, and racist language that was inscribed on United States Postal Service stamps at lampposts and public spaces in multiple locations across north Greenpoint, including McGuiness Boulevard, Dupont Street, Eagle Street, and Freeman Street. Most disturbingly, the materials contained Nazi swastikas and the numbers 14 and 88, which refer to the fourteen-word slogan ‘we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,’ and the Heil Hitler salute respectively.
Unfortunately, these stickers are part of a wider pattern of neo-Nazi activity in the area around Greenpoint and Williamsburg, including swastikas that were spray-painted and etched on Manhattan Avenue and McGolrick Park in the past two years.
In response to this pattern of hate, we will be collaborating with a diverse range of community stakeholders across community-based organizations, houses of worship, and local businesses to bring residents of Greenpoint closer together. We cannot let this despicable act go unanswered, particularly as it is meant to intimidate members of our One Brooklyn family in a community that is made up of a diverse range of backgrounds from all walks of life.
We urge anyone with any information on who may be responsible for this reprehensible act to contact the NYPD by calling 800-577-TIPS.
The 94th Precinct Community Council and Broadway Stages are hosting a Christmas party for North Brooklyn children and families on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 12-3 p.m. at 25 Nassau Ave. There will be food, arts and crafts, and games along with visits with Santa for children under 10.
Graffiti with the words “Wielka Polska” (Great Poland in English) and the Celtic cross, which according to the Anti-Defamation League is one of the most common white supremacist symbols, appeared at the Kent St. entrance to Transmitter Park next to East River Studios, where the Showtime production “Billions” is currently filming.
The hate symbol appeared on Monday morning following the Nov. 11, Polish Independence centennial celebration of “Sto Lat,” which also marks the end of World War I in 1918.
Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct is hosting their annual Night Out next Tuesday August 7th, from 5pm-9pm. Meet n’ greet your local officers, check out police displays, rides and games for the kids, and there’ll be promise music and refreshments too. And, it’s all FREE and happening right in front of the station on Lorimer between Calyer and Meserole. See you there!
Last week, local police were searching for a man connected to an attempted rape near the intersection of Meeker Ave and Kingsland, and had put up posters with the suspect’s face on them all over Greenpoint to try to help track him down. The man allegedly forced his way into a woman’s apartment, threatened that he had a knife and then demanded the woman perform sexual acts. His picture was captured on surveillance camera, and thanks to a tipster the police have apprehended Darryl Williams of Crown Heights. Williams’ family, however, is defending him. According to the NY Post, his uncle says: “He’s a good kid,” and continues, “He’s got a phenomenal background. He’s [got] a support system. I raised my nephew. They’re just blowing it up to something that it’s not.”
Police are searching for a man in his mid-20s who forced his way into a 37-year-old woman’s apartment by Kingsland and Meeker Avenues yesterday afternoon, June 21st, and tried to rape her.
After knocking on her door, the man forced his way inside the apartment, pushed her into the bedroom, claimed he had a knife in his bag, and demanded sexual favors.
The Greenpoint woman punched her attacker and tried to flee, but he tackled her and attempted to remove her clothes. In the struggle, the woman was struck by the apartment door, and sustained a laceration to the back of her head. The attacker fled, and the victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the attacker. He is described as a black male 25-30 years old, between 5’11” and 6’2″ tall. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Christophe Mastoros at 718-230-4421, or Detective Borough Brooklyn South at 718-287-3239.
Last Monday, the Greenpoint Sexual Assault Task Force hosted Beyond #Metoo, a panel discussion and conversation with the NYPD, elected officials, and victim’s rights advocates to “discuss how the system does and does not work for rape and assault victims at the local level.” The even’t’s goal was “to empower all individuals to know the steps to pursuing justice and care for themselves or their friends and family, while also opening up an opportunity for honest feedback about how the system could work more effectively to serve victim’s needs.”
The panel drew a crowd of community members who filled the Wythe Hotel auditorium on North 11th Street, and featured 94th Precinct Captain Billy Glynn and Councilman Stephen Levin, as well as representatives from Safe Horizons, Wyckoff Hospital Victim’s Advocates, the NYPD Special Victims Department, Brooklyn Legal Services, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Continue reading →
Le Fond, the French restaurant at 105 Norman Avenue was robbed on Monday night. The break-in was part of a slew of thefts in the area, and four other local businesses were hit at the same time. Le Fond is open for dinner, but is without phone or internet service until Friday.