NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners issued a formal statement Friday morning regarding the racist video made by Nutley High School Students.
The statement issued by the Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners reads:
Hate has no place in Nutley, NJ. We as a community stand against all forms of racism and we work hard to protect the rights of all of our citizens. It is shameful in this day and age for people to be discriminated against based on the color of their skin, the faith they follow, who they love, and more.
Although we cannot control the actions of individuals, this is a time to remind all of us, no matter what our age, that words can hurt. This Board of Commissioners is committed to working together with the school district, our interfaith council, and the community to ensure Nutley is a place for everyone to feel safe, respected, and welcome.
The video, reportedly shot on New Year's Eve, featured three Caucasian females looking directly into the camera stating "I hate N****s," "N****s suck" along with some other phrases. On Thursday Jan. 2, 2020, the Nutley Public Schools District issued a statement from Nutley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer in which she condemned the actions. The Nutley Police Department also issued a statement on Jan. 2, condemning the video. The police statement reported that both the local department and the Essex County Prosecutors Office found that no crime was committed.
The Nutley incident comes on the heels of Monday's public forum in Montclair in which an education leader publicly criticized the Jewish community. James Harris found himself earning a sharp rebuke by Rabbi David Greenstein of Shomrei Emunah. Read more: NJ Black Educators Association President Criticizes Hasidic Jews at Community Forum in Montclair Drawing Sharp Rebuke
In recent days, other bias incidents have taken place across the state:
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