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Park named after the Beastie Boys’s Adam Yauch defaced with swastikas and pro-Trump message
The response to the hate speech was immediate.
Here was what parents taking their kids to play at Adam Yauch Park discovered.
According to Vice, the graffiti at the Brooklyn park was discovered by Amy Lazarides, who immediately called the local police, the city, and her state senator, Daniel Squadron. The messages, she said, were quickly removed.
“It took a few seconds to process,” Lazaides told Vice. “It was crazy. A symbol of hate and racism right smack in the middle of the park.”
As a result, Squadron announced a response for Sunday morning when he said the community will “come together to stand against a hate incident.”
The park was named after Yauch—who, like the rest of the pioneering rap group, was raised Jewish—following his death in 2013. The remaining members of the Beastie Boys—Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond—announced they’ll also take part in Sunday’s rally.
It’s yet another disturbing act that has become more visible since Trump was elected president and came on the same day Mother Jones reported that the Facebook page of Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon was linked to a Facebook group that features racist and anti-Semitic messages. Earlier this week, KKK recruitment letters were found on cars in Long Island.
And while the hateful messages painted on the playground equipment quickly spread online Saturday, the responding message was already made clear.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.