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Human Rights Commission to address hate flyers posted at Westchester Community College

School says it will not tolerate hateful propaganda and leaflets were removed


VALHALLA — After a white supremacist group posted flyers at Westchester Community College earlier this month, county legislators want to know what steps the county is taking moving forward.

At the Westchester County Legislative Building, the Human Rights Commission is expected to address the Westchester County Board on Monday concerning the circumstances surrounding the flyers and how the county should handle it.

It was Identity Europa, a white supremacist group, who hung the fliers on Westchester Community College's campus promoting hate.

Students say they have the right to do it but shouldn't be trying to influence young adults on the wrong thing to do.

The group tweeted pictures of the fliers it also posted at New York University in New York City. Yet Jailene Segovia of Yonkers says she is shocked to see this happen at WCC because race has never been an issue on campus.

"The school here is so diverse, and it's really sad to see that there's, like, white supremacist posters everywhere trying to recruit others to join," Segovia says.

But since the message has reached Westchester, she says now more than ever is the time to be smart.

"You never know what could happen. You just need to be safe and cautious of what you say or what you do and how to react." Segovia says.

Upon learning about the fliers, Westchester Community College addressed the situation. In a statement, a spokesman said:

"As an educational institution promoting a safe and supportive environment, Westchester Community College has zero tolerance for hate groups and violence. College bulletin boards are reserved for pre-approved fliers. Per college policy, these fliers have been removed."

With the county board taking up the issue on Monday, Samirah Ali of the Bronx has a recommendation for them.

"I feel like they should be more aware and they should have people that like go around and check for things like this," Ali says.

The county board is scheduled to meet with the Human Rights Commission at 2 o'clock.



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