Beastie Boys 'take a stand' over swastikas
The Beastie Boys are joining fans, faith leaders and politicians in New York to take a “stand against hate messages”.
It comes after an attempt at swastika graffiti and the words “Go Trump” were spray painted on playground equipment at Adam Yauch Park, Brooklyn Heights.
The park was named after the hip-hop group’s rapper and human rights activist who died of cancer in 2012, aged 47.
The Beastie Boys tweeted: “Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America. Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages. 11:30, Adam Yauch Park, Brooklyn, NYC”.
The graffiti has since been removed and the space re-decorated by local children with cut-out hearts, chalk drawings and flowers.
There have been multiple reports of swastika graffiti and hateful messages appearing across America since Donald Trump won the presidential election.
The Southern Poverty Law Centre, an organisation that monitors extremist groups in the US, claims to have counted more than 700 cases of “hateful incidents of harassment” since the election, though the rate of incidents has fallen.
“While the total number of incidents has risen, the trend line points to a steady drop-off,” the Centre said. “Around 65% of incidents collected occurred in the first three days following the election.”
Police are investigating the graffiti, while some people have taken to social media to suggest it was “fake hate” mischievously created by anti-Trump activists to denigrate support for the President-elect by suggesting his supporters are anti-Semitic.
“The bozos that tagged the park couldn’t even paint a swastika correctly. No true racist would ever make that mistake. Fake-hate,” tweeted @bloopydooo.
In 1999 The Beastie Boys apologised for the lyrics to their 1986 hit Licensed To Ill, which some people deemed to be anti-gay.
“I would like to … formally apologise to the entire gay and lesbian community for the s***** and ignorant things we said on our first record,” said singer Adam Horovitz.