Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz joins NYC swastika protest

This week, vandals defaced the Brooklyn park named for The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch with swastikas and Donald Trump-related graffiti.

City council member Brad Lander tweeted a picture of the graffiti and later said NYC parks staff was on site immediately as was the NYPD hate crimes task force.

Yauch, a Buddhist convert, was an ardent supporter of non-violence and consistently stood up to anti-Muslim sentiment well before the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Police are investigating, and closed the park until it was removed, according to Pitchfork.

Local politicians announced a "stand up against hate" rally yesterday (Nov 19) that took place at the park today (Nov 20) at 11:30 a.m (EST).

Just under two weeks after Donald Trump won the US presidential election, more and more reports of hate crimes and hate speech have been pouring in across the country-even in New York City. "Join us ... to stand against hate messages".

Yauch, who lost his battle with cancer in May, 2012, was a practising Buddhist whose mother was of Jewish descent.

Brooklyn-born Yauch was one of the founding members of the rap group, who along with Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, won three Grammy's and seven MTV Awards. We elected a president that is giving our children the message that it's OK to attack people of color.

"I reject Donald Trump's mission of America", he added. The Southern Poverty Law Center has received reports of over 700 incidents since election day including over 200 with swastikas and Trump's name.

The offensive, anti-semitic tagging was spotted on children's playground equipment at the Brooklyn Heights park.

Among those in the crowd spreading love was New York Senator Daniel Squadron and Yauch's fellow Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.

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