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Pro-Nazi and Confederate Memorabilia Sold at Taxpayer Funded County Center During Today’s Gun Show

(WHITE PLAINS, NY) Westchester Democratic Legislators were disappointed but not surprised to see images of pro-Nazi literature and Confederate flags being sold on the floor of the County Center during the Firearm and Knife exhibition today.

“These symbols are symbols of hate and have no place in our County let alone for sale in our facilities,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), author of the prohibition of gun shows on County property law passed on January 9th and vetoed by County Executive Astorino on January 20th. “Pro-Nazi literature and images promoting secession are intended to breed hatred, not bring us together. We as a County should stand for ideals that promote unity. Using our facilities to promote the sale of these images only further serves to divide us,” added Jenkins.

“Last year, efforts were made all around the Country to take down Confederate flags on government property, most notably in South Carolina,” said Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh). “The County Center is in my district, to see Confederate flags for sale inside is demoralizing. It is a sad day when images of a pro-slavery south are being promoted in Westchester County taxpayer funded facilities,” concluded Williams.

“Our County has recently seen numerous instances of vandalism involving Swastikas,” stated MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson). “The County Executive himself stood at the sites of these acts of vandalism and said that he will not tolerate in Westchester County. Sponsoring and using County resources to host the sale of these images sends the clear message that Westchester County not only tolerates but encourages the promotion of these symbols,” added Shimsky.

PICTURED ABOVE: Images of Pro-Nazi and Confederate Memorabilia for sale at Today’s Gun Show


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