PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – William Delgado said he felt like he was dreaming when he saw fliers that claim to be written by him and say that he would ban all African-Americans from his barbershop.
Delgado, a Connecticut resident, has owned MasterCuts with his wife, Denise, for more than five years. He has cut hair for more than 20 years, starting out at the old flea market at the Kohl’s shopping center.
Monday, July 7, he returned from vacation and was told two fliers had been found in Port Chester, one on Westchester Avenue and another near Midland Avenue. One is titled “The True Unity Day” and describes slavery as the “Good Ole Days” and says “Time to bring them back.”
The other, which claims to be created by William and Julie from MasterCuts, says the barbershop will no longer serve African-Americans because they have perpetuated violence and alienated the Latino community. It goes on to make racially-charged comments about sending African-Americans back to Africa.
“I just hope they catch the person that’s doing that because I’m international,” he said. “Anybody comes here, seven days a week. I have good barbers, a good team.
“It’s heart-breaking. I have family that’s half black, half Puerto Rican. It’s just horrible. Then, it’s hard to explain to your kids why this is happening.”
Denise Delgado broke down in tears Tuesday after a press conference in front of their barbershop led by the Port Chester/Rye Brook NAACP and the Port Chester Latino Network. Village Mayor Neil Pagano and new Police Chief Richard Conway also addressed the crowd.
“I’d like right now to appeal to the public for assistance for a couple of reasons: One, we’d like to pin down the time frame as to when this may have occurred. Should anybody have an idea they can get in touch with us at (914) 939-1000.”
Conway also said they only have one copy of each flier, which are crumpled and have been “passed through several hands” and would ask anyone with another copy to bring it to them.
Lastly, he said if anyone saw the fliers placed on windshields or elsewhere to contact the Police Department and ask for the Detective Division.