Source: Simone Weichselbaum via Twitter

What would you do if you encountered a white supremacist in Sheepshead Bay? Would you walk away? Would you pick a fight? Or would you try to engage him and change his mind?

WNET MetroFocus reporter Daniel T. Allen apparently isn’t the kind of man to stand down in such an instance. The Sheepshead Bay-based writer ran into a white supremacist who lives and works in the neighborhood, and the chance encounter spurred him to write an op-ed on tolerance and the “kosher response to hate.”

The incident occurred in the middle of the night at Super Stop & Shop (1710 Avenue Y), where he caught site of a stock clerk wearing a “White Pride Worldwide” T-shirt that sports a cross symbolizing Stormfront, a white nationalist website. He couldn’t help himself, and engaged the worker, who likened his right to wear it to giving out pamphlets during Black History Month.

Apparently the existence of a white supremacist working the aisles of our local Stop & Shop is no secret to employees.

What really shocked me was that the diverse group of other supermarket employees didn’t seem to see anything wrong with an employee wearing a shirt bearing a white supremacist slogan. His manager, a Latino man, told me that when the stock clerk plays military parade songs on a portable radio in his aisle, they mock him by goosestepping to the music.

Still, the higher-ups were apparently alarmed to receive a phone call from Allen – as a “neighborhood customer” – expressing his disappointment about the T-shirt. That spurred management to warn the employee to adhere to the supermarket’s dress code.

This whole exchange came before the rash of anti-Semitic crimes plaguing Southern Brooklyn, including the firebombing of several cars in Midwood and the spray painting of swastikas and other vandalism elsewhere.

Mordechai Levy of the militant Jewish Defense Organization, organized a protest in front of the home of a known Stormfront operative in Gravesend. While covering the protest, Allen discovered the operative was his stock clerk.

While Allen wasn’t sympathetic to the stock clerk supremacist, he found himself turned off by the JDO’s militancy – which vowed violent retribution and vigilantism in the face of antisemitism.

He writes:

Doesn’t calling for and responding to hatred with violence, even against white supremacists, perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence? And, as the Midwood car burnings demonstrate, when there is even a possibility of “fake anti-Semitism,” do these types of reactions make sense?

It seems to me that Jews should respond to hate by working on strengthening our own community, rather than engaging with the haters.

Rather than lashing out at those who may be responsible for fomenting hatred, Jews should focus on celebrating and sharing our peoplehood. This sends a clear message to haters that we can be proud of our identity without discriminating or scapegoating others. In this way, we all become “brand ambassadors” — meeting violence with kindness and sharing the best our community has to offer rather than letting negative attention towards Jews dominate the headlines. This is the kosher response to hatred, and is the gold standard to which any community affected by bigotry must strive.

Antisemitism and other forms of racist or hate speech continue to be protected by the First Amendment, and the emergence of new media technologies provides a cheap and effective way for this cultural malignancy to spread.

So how do we stop it? Allen says we should represent the best of our culture, being a “brand ambassador” and rising above the fray. That draws from the best of American values for tolerance and the exchange of ideas, but more than 230 years after this nation’s formation, that American idealism has failed to cleanse our society of this scourge.

So what next? Commenters on Allen’s article suggest the tactics of the JDO are where we need to go. Violence needs to be met with violence, they say, and sometimes preemptively. As commenter AJ Weberman wrote:

you are an idiot my friend if you think Nazis are going change their opinion about Jews because you are Mr. Nice Guy. The only thing the Nazi understand is strength. They have to be driven back into their holes or gotten rid of in their entirety. They want to kill you and your family, they are Amelick and we got to get them first.

Meanwhile, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz said in a press release that a solution is more education:

I know that the Holocaust is required to be taught, but with the frequency of swastika incidents increasing, it is important to go beyond the history and discuss the present day implications of drawing a swastika in public. This is why I am asking Chancellor Walcott to expeditiously have grade appropriate discussion points produced and that teachers be required to bring this up with their students.

Yet all of these solutions seem to fall flat when it comes to your homegrown anti-Semite – the kind that has spent years forming his opinion, scouring white nationalist websites to reinforce those beliefs, and attending rallies with more of his ilk. In fact, there seems to be little that can be done on a policy scale to curb these individuals.

And, yet, we must. With the number of anti-Semitic and hate-fueled incidents skyrocketing in New York City, the solution to crimes already perpetrated is obvious: arrest the culprits, prosecute them, make an example of them.

But that’s only half of the solution. How do we stop tomorrow’s race-based crimes from happening in our backyard? How do we ensure that it never happens in our community?

When antisemitic incidents are on the rise, it’s not just the victims who need to worry or the culprits who need to be blamed. When it happens on our watch, it reflects on all of us.

So how do we stop it?

*Correction (1/31/2012 at 12:40 p.m.): The original version of this article stated that Allen’s outlet is WNYC MetroFocus. That was incorrect. MetroFocus is owned and operated by WNET. The post has been changed to reflect the correction.

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  • Anonymous

    I have seen the gentleman wearing the white supremacist stuff in Stop and Shop and to be perfectly frank while I thought it was a little weird it did not really bother me.  I am Jewish and to be honest some of the people in this article make me sick, and I a not talking about the Nazis.

    First let me clarify.  As I said, I am Jewish, I am very much against white supremacists, Nazis or hate in general.  However what I hate even more is people who infringe on the rights of other to free speech.  Was the guy in Stop & Shop bothering anyone?  Was he threatening? No!  He is proud of his race, does that make him a bad employee?  No.  Let’s even assume that he hates other races, blacks and Jews, that’s his personal right.  How dare does someone  who doesn’t even work in the store  try interfere with this man’s employment.  If the store had a policy that against wearing clothing with slogans that would be one thing, but they seemed to let it slide.  Also I am fairly sure that if it was a guy with a Kill Whitey shirt it would not ever get mentioned.  To all you self righteous personalities out there, you are not doing anyone a favor by silencing opinions that are different from yours.   Unless someone is advocating violence, let them say what they want and be seen as fools for saying it.

    Finally, I am persoanlly against the laws in Europe against Holocaust denial.  What purpose do they serve besides strengthening the Nazis’ point that the Zionist a conspiracy is trying to silence them. To me the best proof against stupid idea is the idea itself.  Trying to silence someone gives them more credibility, that has been the case throughout history.

    • levp

      That. We agree again.

    • Anonymous

      Dude, have to agree with you. WTF guy is working and does what he has to do, now someone else comes in and makes his day harder.. come on..  let him wear whatever he wants… as long as he does his job.

      Ohh. .one more thing.. how come JDO is even allowed? What is this now..  We have Jewish police, Jewish ambulance, and Jewish … defense organization? what’s next .. Jews in sea-gate will declare  independence from the rest of USA?
      and lets not forget that last act of antisemitism and swastika drawing was done by a jew….

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure if you’ve ever worked in retail or even noticed the poorly paid stock people filling the shelves for you but I’ll tell you that normal practice would not allow such a garment to be worn on the sales floor. Perhaps receivers might have more leeway but the shirt in question here is inflammatory and should not have been allowed by management. At the very least most store managers would have sent him home to change into something more appropriate.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      I wouldn’t repress people like David Irving, but I would counter his misinformation with facts.

  • EndofDaze

    As long as people self identify, as them and us, rather than realizing, that there is only one humanity, except that there are some good and bad folks out there, in all stripes, there will be some forms of dislike and hatred!…Having written that, I’m shocked that this event took, or takes place, in our local (what, no more, Super?!) Stop and Shop, where I find the overwhelming majority of folks, whether employees, or fellow customers, to be very civil, and I might add, attractive too!!!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LI7MCYYG55QVMKWH5J7W2WO3C4 Ron

    I wore my Celtic Cross White Pride tee Shirt yesterday. I’m also a member of Stormfont.org.  I do no hate anyone, nor do most people on SF hates anyone. Stormfront is far from being a hate site. Is it hate to be prud of your race and heritage?
    We have black pride,hispanic pride,gay pride,ect.  But when it comes to White Pride, you people call it hate

    • Anonymous

      Ron, let’s not kid ourselves over here.  While there is nothing wrong with being proud of being white, stormfront.org is very much a hate site.  If you are a member  of that site than you know the kind of discussions that go on there. The basic point of agreement on Stormfront is that blacks are primitive savages and Jews are manipulative devils right out of The Protocols of Zion.  Again, everyone is entitled to their opinion but let’s call a spade a spade.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W25W7Z72IPG34VCBTTORC7GE3U Steven

        There are jewish sites that cover all news of jewish intrest like the one  investigated to advocating assasinating the prez.  There are black sites for black news of how every convicted felon shot by cops was a good boy. La raza is a hate group as well. Is interpol a hate group since their numbers show blacks in such a poor light?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LI7MCYYG55QVMKWH5J7W2WO3C4 Ron

        @tuth  Every forum has it’s bad posters. The SF monetors will delete a inappropriate post pretty fast. One monetor banned 11 members in a hour for extreme posts. But rarely will I see a hateful post on SF, unles you call the truth hate.                          

        • Anonymous

          Oh boy. There it goes again. The Truth…..hmmm. Yeah.

  • Savannah

    I imagine I would do the same thing I do when I encounter a member of the Black Panthers, or La Raza, or any other group that promotes unity among its members based on race: NOTHING. Let us take heed of George Orwell’s warnings about the “thought police”. We cannot begin arresting or harassing people for simple wearing a tee-shirt, or expressing an unpopular opinion. Unless this man has broken the law, he should be left alone, and anyone who attempts to interfere with his employment or otherwise destroy his life ought to be prosecuted for harassment.

  • Anonymous

    I hope people are waking up to this monologue of anti-racism as just an attack on white people.  We have an ongoing genocide of the white race right now and anti-racism is just a tool of support for that.

    The obvious reality of what I am about to post points this out so vividly.  Please respond with your observations:

    About Anti-Whites

    Everybody says there is this RACE
    problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third
    world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan,
    but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing
    in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY
    white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e.,
    intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem
    would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought
    into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a
    RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK
    problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of
    genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable
    conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  • B5700398

    Have you ever heard of an anti-racism campaign that targeted any group other than people of European descent as “racists”? 
    All you anti-Whites ever do is make excuse after excuse to turn every White country into a non-White country. 

    All you anti-Whites ever do is rationalize and justify White children
    living as minorities in every country their ancestors built. 

    All you anti-Whites ever do is justify genocide of White children, A future without White children. 

    Anti-racism is a codeword for anti-White.

  • survive club

    This is a saddening article. I liked what Tuth said, that is fair. It is hardly safe to walk the streets in my neighbourhood now as Anti-White policies have flooded our lives with 3rd world non Whites. WHAT IS THE IDEA OF SURROUNDING MY HOME WITH SOMALIANS!?. HAVE YOU SEEN THE WAY THESE PEOPLE BEHAVE? GENOCIDE is the idea. We need to have our own space. Good on the guy for wearing that Tee Shirt, it would not be safe to wear in my neigbourhood and that is a disaster for me and my family. Anti-Racist IS CODE for Anti-White!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W25W7Z72IPG34VCBTTORC7GE3U Steven

    What could be more hateful than 50 holy men calling for ajew to be killed? Well 50 rabbis signed a petition in NY yiddish paper saying it was ok for a jew to kill a jew that snitched on a child abuser. You remember the NY post article Orthodox sex abuse scandal
    117 kid victims and 85 arrests in Jewish enclave
    By SUSAN EDELMAN
    Last Updated: 12:54 PM, December 11, 2011

    I would say the 50 rabbis are more antisemetic than this worker. Lets not forget Elliot Dear, an orthodox Jew lawyer from Queens , was pulled over for driving 84 mph in a 55 zone who senta letter claiming the cop yelled anti jew slurs but the cop had recorded the incident.

  • Ryan Donks

    White People can never disprove we are “racist”, our very existence is seen as a form of “racism” by the so-called “anti-racists”.

    They say all things White must become “diverse” or it is “racism”.

    They say there should be no White countries, no White communities, no White schools, no White sports, no White social gatherings, etc, etc.

    The anti-Whites give us Whites two choices: Accept White geNOcide or you are a “racist”.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

  • Ryan Donks

    If I hated a race, I might campaign to flood all of their countries with millions of people that are not their race, and tell everyone to “mix in”, until no people of that kind were left. If anyone objected, I would scream R-word! at them and get them fired from their jobs.

    If I hated a certain race, I might do that. But I am not doing that. Anti-whites are doing it to White people in all White countries and only White countries.

    It’s geNOcide.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NCRQ2FVGAMBTMUFZRGPXDBCTMQ tropic

    What is amusing is that the vandalism pictured here was allegedly committed by David Haddad, a Jew, and that is typical of these incidents.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      Typical? Calling things like that typical without any data to back it up is pretty typical for an idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    Me? I’d first try to get to the root of what it is, and then get to why it isn’t the case.

    Having said that, is this a case of an insurance scam?

  • Patrick

    I.m a white guy who is proud to be white. I am against anti-semitism within the white pride community and I made a blog about it. Just so jewish people know a person can be proud to be white without hating jews. I am proof of that. My blog is seedofjapheth.wordpress.com 

  • Proud American

    Isn’t it great that Jews, Christians, and Muslims come in all “shades” of color and all regions of the world.White supremacists have only people like themselves(bald heads and all).It must get boring.How much beer can you drink in a day?How many swastikas can you hang?How many times can you use an ethnic or racial slur?Guys get a life!”Love thy neighbor as thyself”.A saying popularized by a guy who happened to be white(judging by his church pictures) and a good Jew.

  • Cynthia

    People have a right to display symbols of their heritage.

  • Cynthia

    Aren’t we for Tolerance and Diversity?

    A Jew, Black, White, can all show their racial identity.

    If a person is wearing the symbol of the violent JDL, or a WN symbol, that is their right. It reflects back on them. But the Celtic Cross doesn’t have a violent symbol like the machine gun which the JDL has. 

  • Cynthia

    Aren’t we for Tolerance and Diversity?

    A Jew, Black, White, can all show their racial identity.

    If a person is wearing the symbol of the violent JDL, or a WN symbol, that is their right. It reflects back on them. But the Celtic Cross doesn’t have a violent symbol like the machine gun which the JDL has. 

  • Cynthia

    Marxism genocided 45 million people.

    Are we going to persecute everybody who wears a Red communist Star or hammer and sickle symbol? Is this America?

  • Cynthia

    Marxism genocided 45 million people.

    Are we going to persecute everybody who wears a Red communist Star or hammer and sickle symbol? Is this America?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    It appears that this thread has been co-opted by members of Storm Front. And while I support their right to free speech I feel it incumbent that non-residents of Sheepshead Bay who might come across this article understand that many of the views expressed are those of Storm Front members, and not representative of the community.

    But as Tuth has written (and Tuth is a regular commenter here) they are free to do so, Just as I am free to offer a clarification of what is occurring.

    • survive club

      WOW! If these comments are an example of Stormfront members they sure come across as good reasonable people. I found this guy Alan in the article to be the extremist. Imagine getting so nasty at someone for wearing a pride Tee Shirt!

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        You people would be a bore to have around all the time.

    • Cynthia

       I take umbrage at any group which tries to silence a US citizen’s 1st Amendment right, such as wearing a T-shirt with a Celtic heritage symbol on it. This country was founded by people fighting for the right to wear and say what they want, thus the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. Those Neo Marxists who want to stifle free speech can go back to the Marxist Communist USSR and keep genociding another 45 million innocents. America is no place for harassment because of somebody’s beliefs.

    • Anonymous

      How did all these people get here so fast?  Someone must have posted a link on the stormfront.org board.  

      Dear White Supremists.

      While I respect your feeble attempts at free speech, please understand that resistance is futile. Zionitst are firmly in control of this message board, the internet and the world as a whole.  You petty attempts at resistance will be mocked and your neighborhoods will be over run over by dark skinned persons of none European origins.  Having gotten this off my chest I must now go to my local Zionist Occupied Government (ZOG) meeting.  Ned, is today’s meeting still taking place at Applebee’s?  

      • Cynthia

        I actually found out about this from the ADL site, which I monitor as it is a hate site.

      • Sholmowitz

        Dear Jew Supremists.

        While I respect your feeble attempts at hate speech, please understand that resistance is futile.  Goyim are
        firmly in control of Israel, the internet and the world as a
        whole.  Your petty attempts at resistance will be mocked and your
        neighborhoods will be over run over by dark skinned persons of none Jewish origins.  Having gotten this off my chest I must now go to my
        local Nazi meeting.  Horst, is today’s
        meeting still taking place at Applebee’s?

        • Anonymous

          lol, that is funny .

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      Indeed it has. They posted on their forum encouraging members to come comment here.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        My security software wouldn’t let me go on their site.

        • Cynthia

          I usually monitor the ADL site which is regarded as a hate site, the ADL that is, and it was from the ADL topic on this, in the members forum, where I found this forum.

          I am concerned that Jewish extremism, such as the Jewish man harassing the White Pride man, is harming the Jewish community. Extremists who harass and try to get fired people of any ethnic group, need to be monitored as extremists, whether they be Jewish or not.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            The Storm Front site is also listed as a hate site. So what we have here are two hate groups that are engaged in a battle which, to be perfectly frank, is of little interest to most people living in Sheepshead Bay. The political and social views of both of your groups are not held widely, and there are more pressing matters that need the involvement of dynamic people. Dividing people further is counterproductive. Luckily, that outcome will not come to pass, most people see organized hate efforts from any direction as undesirable elements which have no credibility as serious-minded expression.

          • Anonymous

            Yep, absolutely little interest! We have our own bay peoples vs Muslim invaders :)

  • Nead Digger

    I would thank him, pat him on the back, and give him a few hundred bucks to carry on with his mission of ridding the world of the Zionist Mafia.

    • Anonymous

      You a long way from Mississippi ain’t ya boy

      • Cynthia

        I think it is pretty safe to say that Free Speech was hounded in the Marxist USSR from 1917 to 1991, longer than any other regime in the last 100 years. To stop people speaking their minds, dissenters they were called, they put them in the GULAG death camps. 45 million were genocided.

        I guess that upsets the Neo Marxists here.

        This guy had the right to wear his ethnic pride t-shirt, nobody was offended, but one Supremacist Jew who wanted to curtail his 1st Amendment rights.

        What if a White went up to a Jew working in a store who wore a Star of David necklace and tried to have her fired, saying it was offensive?

        • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

          Wow. Three posts where you use “genocide” as a verb. I’m voting for you.

      • Sholmowitz

        You a long way from the oven ain’t ya jude?

      • levp

        This would be the time to say “Don’t feed the trolls”…

  • nolastname

    My first thought was that of a saying that goes something like, “if he can not turn their hearts may he turn their ankles”. Better to know who is who to be dealt with. 
    I’m not too happy with the T being worn in a work place even if the other employees take it with a grain of salt.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    I would think that no intelligent Patriot fan in NYC would admit so, This week or any other week.

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