- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 19, 2016

Swastikas and the words “Go Trump” were found spray-painted Friday inside a Brooklyn park named in memory of Adam “MCA” Yauch, the late Beastie Boys musician who died in 2012 after decades of co-fronting the groundbreaking all-Jewish hip hop group.

Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights was briefly closed on Friday as officials responded to the discovery of multiple hate symbols and a pro-Trump slogan painted across playground equipment in the wake of the president-elect’s recent victory.

The New York Police Department was investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, City Councilman Brad Lander said Friday. 

“Adam Yauch is weeping for our country,” Mr. Lander opined on Twitter, adding that the late rapper was raised Jewish, converted to Buddhism and publicly condemned Islamophobia and homophobia prior to his passing.

The graffiti was removed by Saturday morning, and on Sunday the park will host a “stand against hate” event in response that will feature an appearance by Yauch’s former Beastie Boys colleague, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, according to a tweet from State Senator Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Heights Democrat. 

“Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC or America,” the Beastie Boys’ official Twitter account said Saturday in announcing the event.

Both Mr. Lander and Mr. Squadron are expected to attend Sunday’s “Stand up against hate” event as well, as is Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, City Councilmember Stephen Levin and other elected public officials, community and faith leaders, according to the announcement. 

On Twitter, Mr. Lander critiqued the president-elect Saturday for failing to acknowledge the anti-semitic graffiti, and instead focusing on an incident the night before in which Vice President-elect Mike Pence was lectured while attending a performance of the Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton.” 

“Trump took time to condemn the thoughtful plea of the @HamiltonMusical cast. But not the swastikas in his name in a Brooklyn playground,” Mr. Lander tweeted. 

Hundreds of alleged hate crimes have been reported in the days since Mr. Trump was elected president, the Southern Poverty Law Center said this week. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that the Department of Justice was actively investigating the “spate of recent news reports about alleged hate crimes and harassment” that has emerged following last week’s general election, and urged the public to report any potential violations of federal law. 

Mr. Trump condemned those instances and pleaded for an end during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” last week.

“Don’t do it,” Mr. Trump said. “That’s terrible because I’m going to bring this country together.”

Police have not named any suspects thought to be involved with vandalizing Adam Yauch Park. 

Yauch died in 2012 at the age of 47 following a lengthy battle with salivary gland cancer. Palmetto Playground in his hometown of Brooklyn was renamed in his memory the following year. 

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