UPDATE/VIDEO: Beastie Boys Organize Anti-Hate Rally Following Swastika Incident

 

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UPDATE, 5PM 11/20/16: The “Stand Up Against Hate” event went off moderately well, with crowd estimates topping 100. The Beasties’ Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) addressed the crowd, saying, Ad-Rock spoke at the event, telling the crowd, “Spray-painting swastikas in a children’s playground is a messed-up thing to do. And for many of us, it has special meaning, because this park is named for Adam Yauch, who was my friend and bandmate for over 30 years. But he was also someone that taught non-violence in his music, in his life — to all of us, and to me.” Here’s a video posted to YouTube:

By Fred Mills

By now you’ve no doubt heard that there was a hate crime incident this weekend at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. Some person or persons spray painted a mangled-looking swastika along with the words “Go Trump” on playground equipment there in the park – which was named in the late Yauch’s honor as a memorial. Yauch himself was Jewish, so the likelihood of this being a coincidence is pretty slim. In any event, it’s reprehensible no matter who the park is named after.

Pushing back, the Beasties along with New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and NYC city councilman Brad Lande organized a rally for this morning, announcing at their Facebook page,

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
Below, view the announcement flyer.
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