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Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized With Hate Speech And Swastikas, Reward Offered

Source: Glennschuck via twitter
A worker removing the graffiti (Source: Glennschuck via twitter)

A demented vandal defaced the Jackie Robinson statue outside of MCU Park (1904 Surf Avenue) with racial epithets and a swastika. The New York Daily News is reporting that the act of vandalism was discovered on Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m.

The Daily News described horrible content scrawled on the statue:

Among the hate-filled messages written in black marker on the monument to Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese were: “Heil Hitler,” “Die n—-r,” “F–k n—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson.”

Cyclones official Billy Harner was rightfully aghast at the discovery of the hate infused garbage covering the monument to one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes.

“The statue is a symbol of tolerance. It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did,” Harner told the Daily News.

While graffiti written on the bronze part of the statue was removed, workers are having trouble removing the black marker from the stone base.

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Meanwhile, according to a report, local politicians including Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Eric Adams and City Council candidate Mark Treyger have offered a $1,500 cash reward for anyone who provides information that leads to a police arrest.

Greenfield, Adams and Treyger all expressed outrage over the continued rash of hate graffiti being scrawled across Southern Brooklyn.

“I am very concerned about the rise of hateful and anti-Semitic incidents here in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. The fact that a statue celebrating the historic friendship of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese was vandalized with anti-black and anti-Semitic graffiti makes this incident even more despicable. We must once again come together as a community and a city to send a clear message that this cowardly behavior will not be tolerated and that we will support the NYPD in bringing those responsible to justice,” Greenfield said.

“This action is not in the spirit of Brooklyn or in the spirit of Jackie Robinson or Pee Wee Reese. And to desecrate the statues that represent their memory and legacy is unforgivable. When the perpetrator(s) of this hate crime are caught — and I’m confident they will be, they should face the maximum penalty under the law,” said Senator Adams.

“The vandalism of the statue of civil rights icon and hero Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in the borough we are proud to call home, is a sad reminder that those who hate, hate indiscriminately. We cannot – and will not – be intimidated by such vile individuals. Everything that is great about Brooklyn, and New York City, comes from its diversity. For this to occur in Coney Island – a neighborhood known for its rich diversity – is particularly outrageous and despicable. Make no mistake, whoever committed this act of vandalism has committed a crime, and the District Attorney should prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law. We are offering a reward of $1,500 for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible,” said Treyger.

The New York Daily News has also put out a $10,000 cash reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the crime.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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  1. Bastards, that’s my favorite statue. I think I’ve gone over to it at least 10 times. Catch these punks and really put them in jail, no bullspit “first offense” crap or any other kind of crummy excuse. Send them up for a year for all I care. They need to be taught a lesson on several levels.

    But I do wish the media (including this one) would stop giving these morons their reason to continue their behavior. I feel sure that the idiot(s) who did this were not sending any kind of heartfelt racist or anti semitic message – they just want to give themselves their 15 minutes of fame, even if anonymously (after all, that’s the best that such miscreants can do). And the media gladly aids and abets. Why are these incidents increasing? Because the articles reporting them get more numerous and longer. I’d like to see some study done in this regard.

    I think the best solution is to treat them like the trash that runs out on the field during a baseball game. The TV cameras immediately turn AWAY from them, not towards them.

    And the politicians who immediately want to score some easy publicity points in these instances should also just shut up for the same reason. Yeah, we know you’re against Nazis and racists. Duh.

  2. I agree with your sentiment. I always cringe when I post the images or report on stories of “hate graffiti.” I don’t know what the solution is. The community needs to know about it.

    You could say the same thing about practically any crime. When media covers serial killers or people who shoot up schools, there is a chance that the criminal involved will get perverse pleasure out of the attention, or inspire more nuts to do the same.

  3. Fully agree! Why do we have to read about this every time graffiti must be removed? Are we supposed to sympathize with the workers who must do this? The best solution is to quickly remove ANY graffiti the moment it is noticed without the histrionics of politicians. The “news” is as valuable as reporting lawn cutting.

  4. Well, if anything, it allows for a chance to educate children on the issue. Adults know about the stupidity of hate speech and graffiti, but not every kid may be aware.

    BTW, checking the news alerts this morning, practically every media organization across the WORLD covered this story. Kind of amazing.

  5. Says something about the current state of news reporting! But where is the news? You mean some people hate black people? Some people hate baseball? How about a lesson on the physics of graffiti removal? The problem with the article is that the “average” person is made to feel powerless as there is little they can do other than to read more of the same.

  6. Find the bastards responsible and use them as baseballs for batting practice. Make sure the entire world sees who these scum are.

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