NEPTUNE, N.J. – The Asbury Park−Neptune chapter of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, condemns the hateful beliefs and contorted falsehoods contained in the recent anti-Semitic and racist flyers posted in Asbury Park, NJ. While the organization fully supports the first amendment right of freedom of speech, the NAACP states they will stand against hatred and discrimination in all its myriad forms.
Recently, two flyers have surfaced – that have since been removed – on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. Vanguard America is listed on the flyers as the originator, along with a website that WordPress pulled two days after the Charlottesville rally. Before the website was removed, the Southern Poverty Law Center posted the Vanguard America Manifesto. This manifesto calls for, “a nation exclusively for the White American peoples…” Further, they state, “we realize that equality does not exist in nature, and a government based in the natural law must not cater to the false notions of equality”. We summarily reject this hateful, divisive language.
The flyers are not an isolated incident. This year, Vanguard America posters have been recorded at Texas Christian University, University of Maryland, and in the city of Alexandria VA, among 41 colleges and cities. The white supremacists are recruiting.
“If the white supremacists were truly supreme, there would be no need for them to engage in acts or expressions of racial or religious hatred,” said Adrienne Sanders, President of the NAACP Asbury Park-Neptune chapter. “Only the weak and insecure have the need to indulge in such a derogatory manner.” The organization further went on to applaud the thorough investigation being undertaken by Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and the Asbury Park police department.
“We will continue to work to take legal and community action against the acts of hate that threaten our society and our humanity.”
The Asbury Park-Neptune NAACP calls for everyone to participate in the locally organized Stand Against Hate Rally to show their support. The rally will take place September 4th (Labor Day) at Springwood Ave Park starting at 10am.