By COLlive reporter
A Lubavitch resident of Crown Heights was driving on Monday afternoon at approximately 3 pm, when he was the victim of an anti-Semitic incident.
The Chasidic man came to a stop on Carroll Street and New York Avenue when a car driven by a middle-aged African American man pulled up next to him.
“Both our car windows were open since it was a nice day,” the Jewish man told COLlive. “The black man said to me, ‘Do you know who my best friend is?’ in a friendly manner.”
“And he then said, ‘Hitler. Hitler is my best friend,'” the Jewish man said. “He then gave a nasty nod of his head, and drove off.”
“I was totally caught off guard and quite shaken,” the resident reported to COLlive, and was then encouraged to file a police report about the incident.
The Jewish man quickly got out his phone and took a photo of the license plate, and the man quickly sped up his car to try and get away.
“I always hear about muggings and anti-Semitic incidents in the neighborhood,” the man told COLlive. “But until it happens to you, you don’t realize how frightening it is.”
The victim reported the incident to the police, who are investigating.
This incident comes just days after a mural hung outside of the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights to encourage passersby to make a good resolution on how they would change the world on little post-it notes was defaced.
Witnesses said they saw an African American teenaged girl writing on the wall along with others, and when she left the wall, they saw that she had written “Hitler is Coming.”
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has been notified and is investigating that incident.