racist flyer targeting Indian and Chinese-origin electoral candidates has been distributed in the New Jersey town of Edison.
The flyer highlights the increase in the number of cricket pitches as an apparent reason not to vote for the Indian-origin candidate.
“The Chinese and Indians are taking over our town. Chinese school! Indian school! Cricket fields! Enough is enough,” the flyer states.
Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel, who are running for election to the board of education are the targets of the flyer, which was posted to residents in the area.
Next to their pictures is the word “Deport”.
The back of the flyer reads: “Stop the overcrowding! Stop taking over our sports fields! Stop the McMansions! Stop the multiple families living in the same house! Stop wasting school holiday! Stop the outsiders!
“Let’s take back Edison and our schools!”
The flyer does not identify who paid for the campaign – which is a violation of electoral law
Ms Patel, a Democratic committeewoman and immigration lawyer, said she was disgusted by the flyers.
“I was born and raised in New Jersey,” she said. “To see the word ‘deport’ on my picture … really it’s just outrageous.”
Both mayoral candidates have also denounced the mailers. Republican Keith Hahn vowed to find the “anonymous cowards” behind the flyers, while Democratic Mayor Tom Lankey said it is a “sad reality” that certain people feel empowered to express “these vile ideas”.
Edison Township has a large Asian-American community, many of them Chinese and Indian immigrants. More than 45 per cent of Edison Township was born abroad, and about a quarter of the township was born in India.