PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Racially charged flyers purporting to be from a Port Chester barbershop were found near Midland Avenue Monday, but the local NAACP branch says the barbershop had nothing to do with the flyer.
Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway said village Department of Public Works staff found two flyers, one of which claims to be created by MasterCuts and to have the support of its Latino clientele. The flyer says the barbershop will no longer serve African Americans because they have alienated the Latino community.
It reads, in part, “We are tired of all the violence perpetuated against our people…”
Joan Grangenois-Thomas, president of the Port Chester/Rye Brook Branch of the NAACP, said they do not believe the barbershop, owned by Denise and William Delgado, were involved in creating or distributing the flyer, which it called "race baiting."
The flyer is signed, “Sincerely, Will & Jamie.”
“She is mortified that this has happened and that her business has been dragged into this,” Grangenois-Thomas said of Denise Delgado.
The other flyer is titled “The True Unity Day” and describes slavery as the “Good Ole Days” and says “Time to bring them back.”
Grangenois-Thomas, Alejandro Payan, chairperson of the Port Chester Latino Network and Louis Marino, village trustee, issued a joint statement on the two flyers.
“There is no room in our community for this type divisive vitriol and those who are behind these flyers are cowards. The African-American and Latino community of Port Chester have the utmost respect for each other. We have worked together and stood together to bring equality for all.”
Conway said he has never seen anything like these flyers in the past, and that they are looking into every angle with their investigation.
"We're talking with the County District Attorney about any additional charges based on the fact that it appeared to be meant to cause public annoyance and alarm," he said. "We’re researching that right now."
The NAACP Port Chester/Rye Brook chapter will hold a press conference outside MasterCuts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.