‘Make America Great Again’ Letters Sent in NYC Say Black and Gay People ‘Must Burn In Hell’
Letters with a giant swastika and U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan (“Make America Great Again”) were found in numerous locations throughout New York City, including an Israeli Mission and a kosher bakery.
The notes also read “Juden raus” (“Jews get out” in German) and “Negroes and faggots must burn in hell” and “Christian identity is back.”
Weiss Bakery, a kosher bakery in Borough Park, Brooklyn, was one of the targets. The flyer was mailed to the location during Yom Kippur, one of the Jewish religion’s most somber and holiest of holidays.
“It was disgusting,” owner Abraham Weiss told Patch.com. “These days people go back to the Nazi era — it’s ridiculous that in this day and age something [like this] is happening.”
The NYPD said the Neo-Nazi letter was also sent to:
— The Israeli Mission on Second Avenue in Midtown East
— The Harlem Business Alliance on Lenox Avenue in Manhattan
— A law firm on Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
— A law office on Voorhies Avenue, also in Sheepshead Bay
— A jewelry store on East 116th Street in East Harlem
— A Starbucks coffee shop on West 145th Street in Hamilton Heights
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said his office is investigating.
“We are aware of this and similar letters that have been sent,” Gonzalez tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “We are investigating and will not stand for these acts.”
“This threat against one of our community’s beloved establishments, which used the U.S. mail, is absolutely a hate crime,” state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the area, wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.
“It’s sad that we live in a time when such disgusting things are said about various races, including the Jews, but we will certainly take these matters seriously when they arise and act swiftly and responsibly, in tandem with the police, to make sure our community members are safe and protected.”