Local community leaders react to racist fliers left in Pittsford

September 21, 2016 05:12 PM

Local leaders are reacting to racist fliers, promoting a white supremacist website, that were found in a Pittsford neighborhood.

The fliers, which read "Make Rochester Great Again," direct people to a white supremacist website. The website states it "aims to Make (Rochester) Great Again, by making Rochester Whiter." Residents who found the fliers left in their driveways on Knickerbocker Road say they are shocked. Local community leaders agree.

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"It leaves me out doesn't it. ‘Make Rochester White Again,’ where do I go?" says President Dr. Marvin McMickle of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Rachel Spotts: "Does this concern you that this is happening in your town?"

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith: "It is a matter of concern. I don't think anyone wants to see this sort of thing being spread in their town."

He adds, "There's just something implicitly sinister and unsavory about it."

Smith says they've referred calls to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. But at this point, no official complaints have been filed. Dr. McMickle says the flyer is an extreme example of our country's political climate.

"The question is how do you do this?" Dr. McMickle says. "How do you 'Make America Great Again?' And since Trump doesn't have an answer, except to build a wall or to impose restrictions on Muslim immigration, it's left up to you and me to figure out."

He adds, "The answer for them is white supremacy."

The website does not say who is behind the flyers. But does state the purpose of the group is to "network like-minded whites for the furtherance of the European white races." The flyers are part of a nationwide trend. Notes promoting white supremacist views have been reported this year in communities across several states."

"We're not going back to anything," says Dr. McMickle. "We're not going back to the 50s. We're not going back to the 60s. We're not going back anywhere. So, you'll just have to get used to the fact that the world has changed and neither Donald Trump nor [the racist website] can turn back the clock."

One neighbor says she saw a middle-aged man wearing shorts who was walking through the neighborhood with these little slips of paper and leaving them on people's driveways.

What's especially troubling to people is why this area appears to have been targeted. Residents say this is a diverse neighborhood. The sheriff's office said they aren't aware of similar flyers being distributed anywhere else. Neighbors say they are just hoping it won't happen again.


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