GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN — Politicians are speaking out against hate speech after a series of messages were found written on postal stamps and posted around Greenpoint.
The United States Postal Service stickers were posted on lampposts and other surfaces on McGuiness Boulevard, Dupont Street, Eagle Street, and Freeman Street. The anti-Semitic, seemingly white supremicist messages included swastikas and the numbers 14 and 88, which refer to a Nazi slogan and the Heil Hitler salute, politicians said in a joint statement.
The stickers were first found on Sunday by a couple who sent photos of them to local publication Greenpointers, which reported that they were taken down and that police were notified.
One of the residents who saw the stickers was Mallory Seegal, who shared her reaction with local politicians.
“When I found these stickers on Sunday, I was disgusted but by no means surprised,” Seegal said. “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.”
The stickers included phrases such as “jews are poisoning our children,” “homosexuality is a crime against nature” and statements condemning race-mixing, according to the photos sent to Greenpointers.
Politicians said they aren’t the only examples of white nationalist activity 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,” President Eric L. Adams, Councilman Stephen Levin, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, state Sen. Julia Salazar and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney wrote. “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.”
The officials said they plan to work with businesses, houses of worship and other organizations to bring Greenpoint together in the wake of the hate speech. Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the stickers are asked to contact the NYPD by calling 800-577-TIPS, they added.