WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 23, 2019 — Legislator Kitley S. Covill (D- Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers) denounced the hateful speech and divisive signage that has surfaced in schools and many communities in Westchester County, and has now been reported in downtown Katonah.
Flyers and stickers advertising a white supremacist organization were reported to have been found Tuesday on Katonah’s Community Bulletin Board, along the Katonah Metro North station platform, and on the backs of Katonah road signs.
These flyers and stickers were placed in high traffic locations where they were visible to commuters, students traveling to and from school, and families. Legislator Covill has reported this event to Westchester County’s Human Rights Commission, the Bedford Police Department and the Town of Bedford. She has been in contact with the MTA, which has been very responsive and will be removing any and all materials found at this and other MTA stations.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports that members of the group being advertised helped to plan the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Community members from Bedford came together to protest the Charlottesville Rally in 2017. Legislator Covill stands, as she did then, in protest against the presence of such an organization, and the hate they represent, in our community.
As reported on this organization’s website, they believe that “identity matters, inequality is a fact of life, and ethnic diversity, as demonstrated by substantial historical and sociological evidence, is an impediment to societal harmony.” They “categorically reject this ‘progressive’ morality and instead demand that … people of European heritage, retain demographic supermajorities in our homelands.” This organization is listed as a Hate Group by both the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Group materials have appeared on college and high school campuses around the county, and parents, other individuals, and schools are urged to be alert and report any hateful materials found to the appropriate police department and the Westchester County Human Rights Commission: 914-995-7710. Reports should include a picture of any materials found, or the materials themselves.
SOURCE: Jason Chervokas, Director of Communications