Jan. 10, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Local officials have jointly denounced the recent acts of Anti-Semitism and hate in Greenpoint after seven stickers displaying Nazi symbols and messages of white supremacy appeared over the weekend near McGuinness Boulevard.
The messages, written in black marker on USPS stickers, included, “No more white guilt, rise up,” “Jews are poisoning our children,” and the numbers 14 and 88, which refer to white supremacist David Lane’s infamous 14 word slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for our white children,” and “Heil Hitler,” respectively.
The stickers, some displaying swastikas and anti-LGBTQ messages, were posted on light posts and a emergency alert box in the area of McGuinness Boulevard between Dupont and Huron Streets.
The joint statement from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Stephen Levin, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, State Senator Julia Salazar and Representative Carolyn Maloney condemned the hateful acts that have become more prominent in recent years in the area.
“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,” the statement read.
The stickers were spotted on Sunday Jan. 6 by Mallory Seegal, a Brooklyn resident who says she was disgusted by the messages, but by no means surprised.
“This is just one example, out of many, of how white supremacy manifests,” Seegal said in a statement. “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.”
The recent wave of hateful messages is also being investigated by the 94th Precinct and the NYPD Hate Crimes unit.
Captain William Glynn spoke about the stickers at Wednesday night’s 94th Precinct Community Council meeting, stating that “we know generally what we’re looking for” when nailing the perpetrators.
The precinct will be increasing police presence in the area, and will have more plain clothes officers on patrol.
The precinct also emphasized the importance of not tampering with signs and stickers when seen, contrary to drawing over, ripping, or otherwise destroying the signs like many who see them do.
Tampering with the signs, they said, hinders the ability to observe the crime scene, check for fingerprints and conduct other investigative work.
Individuals who come across hateful messages or signs are instead encouraged to call 911 and report the incident.
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