Hate crimes are on the rise in the United States following the election of Donald Trump, since it’s not exactly as though he came into office even promising to represent the interests of all portions of America. He literally came into office promising to deport over ten million people.
In a disturbing display of the hatred that Donald Trump has given the opportunity to come out of the shadows with his rise to power, nine New York businesses were sent identical, printed letters featuring a giant swastika and a selection of hateful messages beneath the phrase, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”
Beneath that pro-Trump message, the letter reads, in all caps, “Juden Raus,” which means “Jews Out” in German and was the name of a Nazi board game from the 1930s, besides also generally conjuring up an image of Nazi ideology.
Besides the anti-Jewish message, the letter also reads, again in all caps, “Negroes and f*ggots must burn in hell,” ending with the proclamation, “Christian identity is back.”
The letters came to the attention of local authorities after Abraham Weiss, the owner of Weiss Kosher Bakery in Borough Park, passed the one he received on to his district’s assemblyman, Dov Hikind, who in turn passed the letter off to police.
He was unsurprisingly upset that the letters were sent.
He commented, as reported by the New York Daily News:
‘I don’t think there’s a place in this world for anti-Semitism and bigotry — just hating for no reason and sending such things. It’s bothering. It’s not a good feeling.’
Paul Freund, assistant manager for Satmar Meat & Poultry Market, commented similarly, saying:
‘To me, in 2017, you’re not supposed to get a letter like this. It’s a shame.’
Freund’s establishment also received one of the letters.
The other establishments that received one of the letters, according to the New York Daily News, include the Israeli Economic Mission on Second Ave., a Starbucks on W. 145th St., the Harlem Business Alliance on Lenox Ave. and Numero Uno Jewelry store on W. 16th St., along with three law firms that are “all within walking distance of each other.”
Law enforcement does, apparently, have a lead on where the letters came from, with sources telling the Daily News that “the return addresses are connected to a location in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.” Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has publicly stated that his office is “aware of this and similar letters that have been sent,” adding that they are “investigating and will not stand for these acts.”
The president has made his allegiances in these matters clear. After thousands of white nationalists descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the planned removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee, sparking violence that ended with three people dead, Trump commented that there were “fine people” among the white nationalists.
Even after repeated criticisms, he stood by his comments, and it’s not as though that was the first time that he had made his allegiances clear. For example, he hired the white nationalism-aligned Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller to high ranking White House positions.
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