Letters to the Editor
I have been disgusted by the recent emergence of nooses, swastikas and racial epithets as symbols of hate in our city. In the last several weeks, we have heard of an attack on a Yeshiva student and of an African-American judge being the subject of a slur spray-painted in a Brooklyn courthouse.
I recently joined Assemblyman Dov Hikind at a press conference announcing the formation of the Black-Jewish Alliance, a coalition which has been formed to counter the anti-Semitic and anti-Black hate crimes that have been occurring in the City.
My colleagues in government and civic leaders have come together to confront the hatemongers and say that these symbols and hate have no place in a civilized society.
These acts should not be allowed to run rampant without yielding the swiftest and harshest of repercussions. The person or persons responsible for these acts must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
All New Yorkers must send a clear message that these deplorable actions - whether they are words spray-painted on our walls or beatings inflicted in our streets and on our subways - must stop now. We cannot let these actions breed fear and hatred. Instead, our words and our actions must build hope and promise.
William C. Thompson, Jr.
New York City Comptroller