Historic African-American Monument In New York Vandalized With Racist Graffiti – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

A monument marking a burial ground containing an estimated 15,000 skeletal remains of colonial African-Americans from New York City, many slaves, was recently vandalized with racist graffiti, according to The Hill.

New York police said the Manhattan monument was defaced with the word “kill” followed by a racial slur written in black marker, The New York Times reported. The message was immediately cleaned off after it was reported. At the moment, police have yet to identify a proper suspect, but the New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force is looking through security footage, according to NBC New York.

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The African Burial Ground Monument is considered a sacred site for the country’s African-American population, the Times reported. It was established in 2009 and holds the remains of free and enslaved Africans from the 17th and 18th centuries. Notably, this vandalism took place hours before the police responded to reports that a Brooklyn synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. In that case, on Friday, police arrested 26-year-old James Polite in connection with the synagogue vandalism.

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He is being charged with four counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime in connection with graffiti written inside Union Temple, which read “Hitler,” “Jews better be ready,” “Die Jew rats, we are here!” and “kill all Jews,” according to multiple reports. Polite was also charged with several other crimes, namely arson fires at Jewish gathering places, including one at a yeshiva and another at a Jewish banquet hall, according to local ABC affiliate WABC. In regard to the synagogue defacement, a Get Out The Vote event was canceled for that day, scheduled to be held a few hours before the graffiti was discovered.

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Both events are smaller examples of a larger trend in growing hate crimes over the last two years, according to California University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

Read more from at: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/414709-colonial-african-american-monument-vandalized-with-racist-slur-in-new

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