As we have seen on the news, there appears to be a spike in “hate speech” since the election. This letter comes to us from an African American resident of Mamaroneck, and has been verified.-editor
To the Editor:
I am terribly disheartened. I was extremely disappointed at the outcome of this election. I am trying to make the best of this situation and accept it with grace. But an incident over the weekend in Manor Park has shocked us.
My teenaged daughter and I were taking a walk in Larchmont Manor Park last Friday, on what turned out to be a beautiful Veterans Day. We even ran into a friend and chatted. As we walked down the path overlooking the serene blue water, we approached a bench with three white boys in their mid teens speaking to each other inaudibly.
As soon as they saw us, they started chanting loudly “TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP” repeatedly, followed by what sounded like a racial slur. My daughter grabbed onto me tightly as we passed them and started weeping. I stopped as soon as heard the slur, turned to them and said “did you just say N$&/#@?” To which one replied and said “no I said trigger!” And laughed. I said “you know what- bring it – you want to start some mess say that in my face!” To which they got up and walked in the other direction.
I didn’t go there to fight, but I needed to show her that if they had the right to instigate that I had the right to stand up to their racist rhetoric.