WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - At least four businesses in Watertown have received letters that appear to be from a neo-Nazi group.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based group, called New Order, is calling for “white pride.”
The owner of Tarot Cafe in downtown Watertown received the letter titled “White and Proud!”
It begins by saying, “There is a lot of talk these days about Black pride, Jewish pride, Hispanic pride - even ‘gay’ pride. In fact, there is only one major segment of the population which is not encouraged to take pride in its heritage and in the achievements of its ancestors. That group is the White race.”
The letter comes as Watertown prepares to celebrate gay pride later this month, and after a local man posted on Facebook a call for a mass shooting at the celebrations.
Tarot Cafe owner Seth Hill, whose business is participating in the celebration, was angry and sad to receive such a letter.
“Now more than ever, I need to be an activist and this is why I am a part of all of these different events and Pride in Watertown," Hill said, "and I need to not be silenced and stick up for who I am and why I do this and be a voice for people who can’t be heard.”
We’ve learned at least three other businesses have received similar mailings. It was not clear Tuesday night whether all of the businesses have ties to the upcoming pride celebrations, and if not, why the businesses received the mailings.
Hill said he notified police.