THE COLUMBIA PAPER - What Hate-Watch Report says it needs now is for us to bear witness. The group asks that we not avert our eyes when the threat of hate is embraced as the route to power and fear is used as the tool to maintain it. Become vigilant. Remain involved. - Parry Teasdale, Editor
RECENT REPORTS FROM THE COMMUNITY
Defacement of BLM Sign - Copake/Ancram - June 2, 2021
Report from local resident: "Someone put up this altered BLM poster on Route 7A on the road between Copake and Ancram. It is not just defaced. It was taken, then altered by painting over the "black", letting it dry, and then painting "white" over it, then taken and nailed up by the side of the road."
“White Lives Matter” is a white supremacist phrase that originated in early 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which arose to protest against police brutality against African-Americans.
Since 2015, white supremacists in several states, especially members of the Texas-based white supremacist group Aryan Renaissance Society, have promoted the slogan “White Lives Matter” with flyers and protests, forming a loose campaign to popularize the phrase. - Anti-Defamation League
Q-anon (?) sign along Niverville Road - March 6, 2021
Is it Q-anon?
Is it anti-immigration?
Or, is it just to be obnoxious and hateful?
In the past year, this and similar signs have been nailed to trees around Chatham Center, Malden Bridge and Old Chatham.
And, along CR 21 going west from Valatie - April 4, 2021
BIDEN CHINA LOVERS
and DEMOCRATS for the DEVIL
PATRIOT FRONT IN COLUMBIA COUNTY
Patriot Front stickers in Chatham, Philmont & Germantown
Village of Chatham
May 5, 2021
Park Row & Kinderhook
photo - left
Town of Germantown
May 11, 2021
photo - right
Village of Chatham - February 17, 2021
Park Row in front of the old Masonic Lodge
scan of sticker - left
Village of Philmont - February 2021
Two Patriot Front stickers along Main Street
OATH KEEPERS IN COLUMBIA COUNTY
Statewide Leadership & Local Membership (2009-2021)
Just four years ago - in 2017 - Columbia County was home to the leadership of the New York Oath Keepers.
At that time, the leader of the New York Oath Keepers was Town of Chatham resident, the late John Wallace, who was also the Chair of the Town of Chatham Republican Committee.
Oath Keepers Rally for Hudson City Police - August 2016
"Chief, even though you participated and are thanking the attendees, I'm glad to hear you are not endorsing the Oathkeeper rally and the political rhetoric behind it."
"It would have been easy to mistake your behavior as supporting the organization and the text that the event organizers publicly posted." - Michael Chameides, Supervisor 3rd Ward
CONSTITUIONAL SHERIFF MOVEMENT
Far-Right Militancy in County Sheriff Departments
The movement formed around an organization called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is a phenomenon rarely, if ever, seen in the United States - a concerted, long-term effort to recruit law enforcement officers into the broader anti-government Patriot movement.
- Southern Poverty Law Center -
LOCAL FLAGS DISPLAYED IN THE COMMUNITY
HAVE YOU SEEN FLAGS, SYMBOLS OR MEMES IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
IF SO, TAKE A PHOTO AND SEND TO HATE-WATCH REPORT