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Hate grime: Local leaders condemn vulgar, anti-Chinese graffiti in Bensonhurst

Councilman Mark Treyger, at podium, Borough President Adams, right, at and Assemblyman William Colton, at left, joined forces with the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn at an Aug 6 press conference to demand that the authorities find the perpetrators of the vile, anti-Chinese graffiti, and prosecute them for hate crimes.
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They won’t take the hate.

The police department must track down the bigots who scrawled racist, anti-Chinese graffiti painted at various sites throughout Bensonhurst, demanded Borough President Adams and other local leaders gathered in on Aug. 6 to condemn the vulgar vandalism — which was mass-produced across the neighborhood using spray paint and a stencil. Adams said it bore all the hallmarks of a hate crime, and must be prosecuted as such.

“This was a pre-meditated action to identify a group and treat them in a disparaging, negative fashion — that to me says hate crime all over it, and that crime needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Adams, who’s offering a $1,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.

The stenciled and black paint left a profane message — “Chinese C---- Stink Like Fish” — scarring various locations in the neighborhood.

A rep from the police department told this paper that its Hate Crime Task Force is investigating three of the graffiti incidents — at a Chinese market on 86th Street at Bay 25th Street, on a column on 86th Street across from Bay 26th Street, and outside a New Utrecht Avenue funeral home between 85th and 86th streets — as possible bias incidents.

A rep for Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island) said he saw the same grotesque graffiti at least seven locations.

Police later released a video believed to show the perpetrator stenciling the vulgar message on the wall of a supermarket on 20th Avenue between 85th and 86th streets at about 2:30 am on Aug. 4, and are asking the public’s help in identifying him.

Treyger and Assemblyman William Colton (D–Bensonhurst) added their voices the Aug. 6 rally, along with reps from the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn. Treyger condemned the “disgusting, hateful behavior” in a tweet and wrote that the neighborhood’s strength was found in its diversity.

“We celebrate our diversity in this community, and your disgusting behavior will not be tolerated,” Treyger tweeted to the unknown perpetrators.

Colton called on the community to unite against such racism, and pledged to make sure this incident becomes an opportunity to bring the neighborhood together, rather than let it tear it apart.

“All must unite together to protect our neighborhood and all its families from such conduct,” Colton said. “I will work to bring us together to ensure this attack on our neighborhood will not divide us but will make us all the more determined to work together for a better and safer neighborhood for all our families.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 6:11 pm, August 7, 2018
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Marianne Engel from Bensonhurst says:
I am very disappointed in my neighborhood that anyone should have such sentiments. Bigotry is disgusting. The Chinese are incredibly tolerant people. They should be teaching the world. The Chinese have revived the neighborhood by opening business in empty storefronts, filling the schools that were in danger of closing due to low enrollment and restored homes in the neighborhood. Maybe something this terrible will lead to more interaction between neighbors.
Aug. 7, 7:49 am
Larry from Park Slope says:
When will we ditch the hate?
Aug. 7, 4:27 pm
Eyeballs from All of SW Brooklyn says:
Restored homes? Illegal conversions,ugly architectural revisions and shiny stainless steel jail bars over every window and door? They are destroying the attractiveness of the area.
Aug. 8, 1:10 pm
Marianne Engel from Bensonhurst says:
I've lived in the neighborhood for more than 10 years and do not see any homes with jail bars on windows. There are problems with illegal conversions in almost every neighborhood in Brooklyn, not just Bensonhurst. Previously many homes in Bensonhurst were empty with boarded up windows.
Aug. 8, 3:54 pm
Eyeballs from All of SW Brooklyn says:
You do not see shiny stainless steel all over houses? Maybe you need an eye exam.
Aug. 8, 4:23 pm
Marianne Engel from Bensonhurst says:
My eyesight is very good. I see buildings that are doctor's offices or medical offices with bars on windows because they are concerned about possible theft of medications. I do not see any private homes with bars. How about taking the time to get to know your neighbors. It may seem corny to you, but it might help.
Aug. 9, 8:08 am
Eyeballs from All of SW Brooklyn says:
Maybe you should come to Sunset Park where I live so you can see you penitentiary like future! The laundry hanging all over the bars is a nice feature too, but you would say it adds color.
Aug. 9, 8:43 am
Eyeballs from SW Brooklyn says:
*your penitentiary like future. Also,check out all the formerly lovely brownstones that have been gutted and turned into tenements,with people living in basements originally designed for coal storage. Instead of a leafy front yard, staircase right in the middle! But you are probably a renter and have no skin in the game.
Aug. 9, 9:14 am
Marianne Engel from Bensonhurst says:
I visit Sunset Park often. The brownstones in the neighborhood are beautiful. I did see one with a ramp right in the middle for a disabled resident. Also, laundry clotheslines are legal. Your neighbors in Sunset Park have put a lot of effort to restore the homes there.
Aug. 10, 8:08 am
Eyeballs from SW Brooklyn says:
What denial artistry!
Aug. 10, 9:03 am
Marianne Engel from Bensonhurst says:
No, I'm just saying what is the truth.
Aug. 10, 10:31 am
Eyeballs from SW Brooklyn says:
I suggest taking your eyes off the pavement when you walk around.
Aug. 11, 4:52 pm
Marianne Engel from Bensonhurst says:
I always look straight ahead while walking. I walked around Sunset Park near Bensonhurst on Saturday ( prompted partially by your remarks) and admired a beautiful neighborhood and had a great lunch with a friend on Eighth Avenue.
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