Adam Yauch’s Memorial Park Defaced With Swastikas
Update (Nov. 19, 12:53 p.m.):
An anti-hate rally has been organized at Adam Yauch Park in response to the defacement. The rally has been organized by State Senator Daniel Squadron and Congresswoman Nadia Velásquez as well as elected officials, city council members and other community and faith leaders. The rally will take place on Sunday (Nov. 20) at 11:30 a.m. Ad-Rock will be there.
Less than two weeks after Donald Trump was elected to be the next leader of the free world, the U.S. appears as separated as it's been in quite some time. Some people have been incredibly disappointed with the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Others have been overjoyed. Unfortunately, that "joy" has apparently led some claiming to be Trump supporters to commit heinous hate crimes, the latest and most notable of which is the defacing of hip-hop legend Adam Yauch's Brooklyn Heights memorial.
As you can see, parts of Yauch's memorial have been spray-painted with the words "Go Trump" and the Swastika, a symbol that has become synonymous with evil since the Nazi's rebranded it some 80 years ago. Like the rest of his Beastie Boys group mates, Yauch was Jewish.
Yauch, who had made a name for himself as a founding member of the Beastie Boys some three decades ago, passed away due to complications of his battle with cancer. He was only 47 years old. Yauch's role in the Beastie Boys made him of hip-hop's most beloved figures, so it wasn't too surprising when NY residents petitioned to have Brooklyn Heights' Squibb Park renamed in his honor. Unfortunately, the park has been defaced, which feels like a direct slap in the face to the many who support the late rap legend.
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