WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Over the last two weekends, someone has posted controversial fliers on stop signs and light posts in downtown Wallingford that read: “It’s okay to be white.”
Wallingford Police say the flyers were found along Church and Center streets downtown. They are patrolling– looking to see if any more of these fliers are popping up.
The controversy comes from the groups who use the flyers. The phrase is used by white supremacy groups, neo-nazis, and members of the ‘alt-right’ to promote white nationalism.
Wallingford residents calling it “terrible” and “horrific.”
Donald Sevas, a Wallingford resident, says the act of putting those fliers up is not OK with him.
“Knock it off,” Sevas said. “This is crazy.”
It also isn’t OK to others in town. Police tell News 8 some residents have torn down the fliers before officers could go out and respond to residents’ complaints about them.
“It shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere,” said Wallingford police officer, Brian Kehoe. Officer Kehoe and other officers are now patrolling Wallingford looking for any more of these controversial fliers.
Sevas says Wallingford is a good community, but there have been other controversies in the past.
“I remember back in 2,000 years ago when the town battled against the MLK holiday with the town workers,” he said. “And I thought that was in the past but if that sentiment is still here that’s terrible. It’s a horrible commentary on this town. This is a good town. There’s good people here. But that’s a terrible commentary on whoever’s the individual that’s doing it.”
Police tell News 8 whoever is doing this most likely won’t be charged with a hate crime when he/she is caught since the fliers do not target any one specific group of people.
“It isn’t anything that was a real criminal act but we certainly didn’t want that type of material out out there,” said Lt. Cheryl Bradley. “It’s looking to incite some people and stir up some problems.”
Anyone with information about this is asked to call the Wallingford Police Department.