Jewish Businesses In New York Were Just Hit With Wave Of Swastika-Covered Pro-Trump Hate Letters
President Trump’s “dog whistle” to his passionate racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and Islamaphobic followers appears to be behind a rash of hate mail sent to at least nine businesses in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, this week.
The term “dog whistle” in this context refers to statements by Trump that send out mixed signals in a kind of code that appears to mean one thing to most Americans but has a more specific for targeted subgroups like the KKK, white supremacists and other religious and social hate groups.
In this latest case, identical letters with a message in capital letters and the words, “Make America Great Again!” appear underneath a large Nazi swastika.
The letters were sent to a jewelry store, a Starbucks, a kosher meat market and a bakery, among others, according to the New York Daily News.
The letter also says that homosexuals and African Americans should burn in hell.
It ends with the message that “Christian identity is back.”
However, the document was sent mostly to Jewish owned businesses and clearly has a strong anti-Semitic message.
The letter makes reference to “Juden Raus,” a German phrase that means “Jews Out.” It harks back to a Nazi board game of the 1930s where the object was to collect Jews and deport them by getting them off the board.
New York City Police got involved after a letter sent to Abraham Weiss, owner of the Weiss Kosher Bakery in Borough Park, Brooklyn, was passed to them by the district assemblyman, after he got it from Weiss.
“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, ” Weiss told the NY Daily News. “It’s bothering. It’s not a good feeling.”
There are return addresses on the envelopes, according to police, which appears to be from a location in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, although nothing has been confirmed yet.
The acting District Attorney in Brooklyn is also looking into the case.
We are aware of this and similar letters that have been sent. We are investigating and will not stand for these acts. https://t.co/DoO2bDQiWQ
— Eric Gonzalez (@BrooklynDA) October 3, 2017
While Trump’s brand of subliminal messaging has empowered a large number of groups among those Secretary Hillary Clinton accurately referred to as “the deplorables,” it has clearly awoken a deep strain of anti-Semitism that is particularly frightening in a world where the Arab world constantly works against Jews and to destroy the state of Israel.
Hey unmarginalized New York liberal friends!!! Anti-semitism is alive and well in the city, make sure you're loudly denouncing this noise. https://t.co/pkYlH0ghpG
— Kevin Welsh (@kctww) September 17, 2017
The danger that Trump presents to our democracy, the attempts Trump is making to pervert our republic, are part of the effect his twisted words and coded messages are impacting.
These letters in New York may be just one incident, but the rise of Trump has also seen a nationwide rise in anti-Semitic incidents, which were up by one third in 2016 (with a disproportionate number in November and December after Trump won the election), and are up a shocking 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Anti Defamation League.
“ADL reports that there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November,” the ADL said in its annual audit of such incidents, ” and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools.”
ADL reports that there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools.
It may be Jews today, but clearly, this hate is aimed at gays, blacks and other minorities including Latinos, Asians and the handicapped, so it is not just one group’s problem.
In the era of Trump, we cannot even count on the government’s justice system to protect us; we have to all be aware and on guard to ensure the safety of our family, friends and work colleagues.
There are a lot of kinds of terrorism, most notably violent incidents. But the psychological damage that hate does, the fear it sews in society, the way it works to separate us when we need to come together, is another Trump-inspired danger.
These letters may not be addressed to all of us, but we are all going to feel the impact of Trump and his dog whistle comments as long as he is the president. Be afraid, very afraid.