Town of New Castle brings community together to tackle recent racist incidents in area

The town of New Castle is having a racial reckoning, and it's bringing residents and town leaders together to tackle a recent slew of racist incidents in town.

News 12 Staff

Aug 27, 2020, 9:50 PM

Updated 1,360 days ago

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The town of New Castle is having a racial reckoning, and it's bringing residents and town leaders together to tackle a recent slew of racist incidents in town.
Chappaqua is idyllic small-town America, with beautiful homes and the best schools. It's also one of the most affluent communities in the nation.
Beneath the shiny wholesome facade, there are deep-seated problems that the few minority families who live there say are finally coming to light
Three weeks ago, a Black Lives Matter sign was set on fire. Local police are working with the state on a hate crime investigation.
A week after that, a Black family had a noose painted outside of their home. Police are investigating that as a potential hate crime.
In June, a TikTok video showing a group of Horace Greeley High School students saying the N-word posted in February resurfaced again,
Longtime Chappaqua homeowner Nichelle Maynard Elliot says the racist behavior is not new.
Eliott moved to Chappaqua when she was 10 years old. She's now raising her own family there. In recent months, she helped start a new group called the Council on Race and Equity. It's made up of more than 100 members who are striving to uncover racism in their community - and are doing something about it.
New Castle Town Supervisor Ivy Pool says in light of the reckoning on race taking place across the nation - and in her backyard - she's ordered a top-to-bottom review of how the town runs - to make sure it's fair to all of its residents.
Eliott says her council is committed to bringing about racial equality in the town.
 


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