"I have not seen these explicitly racist fliers in the past," Scott Novakowski, associate counsel for New Jersey institute, said Monday. "It's a sign that this type of racism is being normalized."
NJ Spotlight reports:
Despite many instances involving state and national Republican parties, Clarke made a point to say that this is a nonpartisan issue. Scott Novakowski, associate counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice echoed the sentiment.
“I certainly have not seen fliers this explicitly racist in the past and I do think it's an outgrowth of the 2016 campaign and the language and the policies being advanced by the administration,” Novakowski said. “It’s a sign that this type of racism is being normalized, which is incredibly troubling and makes it that much more important to push back.”
"There needs to be an investigation to uncover more of the facts," said Scott Novakowski, associate counsel with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
Novakowski said these recent acts "need to be condemned in the strongest terms" — candidates and state/local officials of both parties need to "speak out against such attempts at intimidation and make it clear that diversity is what makes our country great and our democracy strong."
Scott Novakowski, associate counsel for New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, described the fliers as disturbing, especially when seen on doorsteps in one of the most diverse states in the country.
Novakowski called on local prosecutors, the state Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate if the creators of the fliers broke any laws.
“Emboldened coming out of the 2016 campaign cycle, these types of openly racist and xenophobic acts have become all too common,” said Scott Novakowski, associate counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, citing “the pervasive anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the highest halls of power.”
“It is incredibly disturbing to see this showing up on our own doorstep here in New Jersey where we are one of the most diverse states in the nation,” he added.
Other organizations that condemned the flier included the American Civil Liberties Union-New Jersey, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.