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Houston area littered with antisemitic, racist flyers

Two neighborhoods in Houston were littered with racist and antisemitic flyers over the weekend, about a week after residents in a separate area of the city woke up to similar hate messages.

A Harris County resident told CNN she found 400 flyers tucked inside plastic bags around two neighborhoods in the Houston area on Sunday. They featured messages of hate, including an image of Adolf Hitler and the caption “We can do it again.”

The Hill has reached out to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

Cypress, a community in Harris County, experienced a spate of hate messages last week. According to KHOU 11, men in ski masks distributed the flyers across the area, placing them in front of homes and on cars.

Those flyers included racist images of African Americans captioned with “2026: A Race Odyssey.”

William White, the director of operations for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is investigating the incident, told KHOU 11 the actions are “so ugly.”

“When you are invoking fear and hate towards anyone it should be investigated. At the very least we want to make sure everyone is safe,” White said.

The Hill has reached out to CAIR for further comment.

Hate crimes rose 10 percent from 2010 to 2019, according to a September press release from the Department of Justice.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, hate crimes are believed to have increased again. Congress passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act last year to expedite the review of hate crimes in response to an increase in discrimination against Asian Americans.

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