On City Island in the Bronx, New York, a number of minority-owned restaurants have received racist flyers and hate mail. CBS News reports that the Hate Crimes Unit has identified a suspect, but the New York Police Department (NYPD) has not made any arrests as of Monday, November 7.
Spectrum NY1 reported that Seafood Kingz 2 owner, Darryl Lelie, said he found troubling racial stereotypes in the form of a cartoon in his mailbox last week. The proprietor said he would document a conventional protest with neighborhood police and sort out a meeting with chose authorities to stand in opposition to despise. In February, Lelie opened his seafood restaurant in the Bronx that caters to families and is the region’s first Black-owned establishment. The Fish Kingz proprietor, who has been in the café business for a considerable length of time, isn’t shocked by the can’t stand mail. He told NY1 that his older clients would tell stories about City Island “when they were growing up.”
Another Black-owned establishment on City Island Avenue, Caliente’s, is said to have been the target, and Jewish-owned Archie’s Tap & Table is said to have filed a complaint with the NYPD. Within less than two months of opening, the family-owned Mexican restaurant, Little Frida’s Eatery, also received hate mail. Nazareth Perez, the proprietor, claimed to have received a white envelope from New Jersey with a stamp on it. It contained a flyer and what gave off an impression of being a political animation with bigoted phrasing at the top. According to CBS News, Perez stated that “no one should be making fun of it in 2022.”