"This was absolutely disgusting."
"I mean I was just shocked. Absolutely shocked."
Residents in some Lee Center neighborhoods woke up to messages left at the end of their driveways. The messages came in little plastic bags asking people to join the KKK, promote white America, and that quote “homosexuals should not have the freedoms our society has allowed them.” Philip Delpiano who lives in the neighborhood is gay. He thinks this material reminds him of the days when Hitler ruled Germany.
"The Klu Klux Klan is all about hate and white supremacy. They seem to go hand and hand. Try to imagine a country ruled by people who hold those kind of beliefs, and then your back to Germany in the 1930’s and what the Nazi’s believed in."
Philip Delpiano’s partner John Grabowski found the material extremely offensive.
"This is something that reminds me of 1939 Germany. It’s just a shock to see this type of filth in anyone’s driveway around here. This is absolutely disgusting."
Several weeks ago residents in Westmoreland and Whitestown received the same letters, and neighboring Counties are also getting the literature.
While everyone I spoke with was disgusted by the content of the letters, they did all agree on one thing.
Philip Delpiano: "They have the right under the 1st Amendment to distribute this sort of trash in my opinion, and I would of course defend that."
Les Radford: "It’s a first Amendment right. I think the littering is a problem, but it is a 1st Amendment right."
While the content of the fliers may not a popular opinion, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol tells us they’re not breaking any laws.
"It’s freedom of speech. Personally I don’t agree with the content. I don’t like the content, but at the end of the day it’s protected under our 1st Amendment. Folks have a right to get this message out there if they choose to and you know there were no laws broken."
The Sheriff did say he didn’t receive a lot of calls about the content, but residents tell me the messages will ultimately end up in the garbage.