Posted August 07, 2013

Jackie Robinson statue in Brooklyn defaced with swastikas, racial slurs

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The Jackie Robinson statue in Coney Island was defaced with racial slurs and swastikas on Wednesday morning. (Associated Press)

The Jackie Robinson statue in Coney Island was defaced with racial slurs and swastikas on Wednesday. (AP)

The Jackie Robinson statue outside the Coney Island stadium of the New York Mets’ minor league team the Brooklyn Cyclones was found defaced with swastikas and racial slurs on Wednesday morning, according to the New York Daily News.

The language written on the statue of Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese includes “Heil Hitler” and derogatory phrases toward African Americans and Robinson. According to the report, the incident is being investigated by police as a hate crime. A manager at MCU Park had reported the damage at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Cyclones Director of Communications Billy Harner called the incident an “absolute tragedy,” and said the team is working with police to pore through surveillance footage of the area to determine any leads:

“The statue is a symbol of tolerance. It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did… We’re going to go through surveillance video to see if we can come across any information that will assist them in their investigation.”


112 comments
HectorFranceschini
HectorFranceschini

Racist or prejudice, who ever did that made his point. I have a zero tolerance for both. What does his statue have to do with welfare, food stamps, & the ghetto? Obama doesn't have anything to do with your so called 'Race War". What, you want baseball to be played only by whites? No, man - its for everyone.  

bostonstrong
bostonstrong

in other news Riley Cooper spotted in Brooklyn....

JeffBunnell
JeffBunnell

To me, that would be a racist person who did that.  Unfortunately, today, that word is improperly used.  What ever happened to bigotry and prejudice?


A RACIST was the worst you could be.  Now, it seems to be everyone.   Ironically, we probably have less racism, prejudice and bigotry than anytime in the last 50 years....

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

“The statue is a symbol of tolerance. It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did"

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The Lincoln Memorial being defaced by that asian lady weeks ago didn't get this much over blown hype. He played baseball and yes opened the door for baseball.....quit sure Lincoln opened the door for blacks

retsub
retsub

Jackie Robinson was a great man whose actions and sometimes lack of reaction did a lot for ALL Americans. To vandalize his statue is very troubling. Is it racism or ignorance? I don't know. It is undoubtedly sad.

Mr.MayorMarionBarry
Mr.MayorMarionBarry

I hope the pukes who did this get caned, this is another fine example of how the gene pool has been totally drained... I feel bad for anyone who is related to these losers...

atthebarbershop
atthebarbershop

How did the defacement of a Jackie Robinson statue turn into a race war on this page. Can we all agree that damaging public property is against the law even if one person here believes Jews did it as a fundraising tool for the SPLC (yes someone said that)

IvanAJagerbomb
IvanAJagerbomb

Since when is graffiti of any kind in NY newsworthy?

joeshine730
joeshine730

Put the Jackie Robinson statue on welfare and food stamps and put it in the ghetto then.

Rich11
Rich11

Hey Rabbi, whatcha doin'?

Bahia
Bahia

In this day and age, anything that is in the public space is subject to vandalism.  Add to that the fact that vandalism is rarely ever caught and prosecuted harshly, and this is what you have.

tmyatt1
tmyatt1

Video surveillance? If not, why not? I mean you had to figure that something like this was going to happen in the post-Trayvon Martin era.

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

Racism is always going to exist not just on a national level but a global one. I'm talking about racism of all types, just not white vs. black and black vs. white. There are people with the same skin tone who hate each other because they are from different regions, different countries, different heritages. There's simply no way to stamp out people's stupidity and dumb prejudices. That's sad and frustrating, but it's true. As for these idiots, I hope like hell they get caught.

mistercharlie
mistercharlie

I wonder if these perps realize that Jackie Robinson is actually already dead.


On a more serious note, anyone who is upset by this should look up SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, and even make a small donation; this is one of the best non-profits out there actually DOING something about these neo-Nazi groups.

Ciscos
Ciscos

@JeffBunnell ~ I doubt that.  It's more subtle - in some regards, but more overt in other ways.  Today it's masked by more artsy language that marginalizes people than the "in your face" stuff of the '60's.  Now it's like an inside joke that uses buzz words.

However, what I do agree with is that the word "Racist" is used too much in the sense now anything and everything is "Racist" - making a pretty clearly defined word, broad and ambiguous, when it's not.

SIBRI
SIBRI

@WHO*IS*ESPN OK sleuth, Go do a google search on the Lincoln Memorial painting, add in the National Cathedral and then get back to us with the data showing that got less coverage than this.  

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@retsub I think racsim IS ignorance.  But when jesse jackson calls jews living in "hymietown" and al sharpton calling tea party people " white a$$  crackers" and NO response from blacks, that seems racist on the blacks too. 

MrGameandShow
MrGameandShow

@BradleyWerner Embarrassing you even wrote this. Race war been around before Obama, moron. Conitnue to sink folks....

mystafugee
mystafugee

@BradleyWerner you mad bro?  Don't worry, it's a longtime before January of 2017 when Hillary takes over.

Stephen H
Stephen H

@LeilaniHernandez There is an incredible amount of symbolism in this though. I am not guilty white by any means, but this story is awful.

cetavo
cetavo

What if someone said "who cares? it's just Leilani Hernandez's car"...???

cetavo
cetavo

@LeilaniHernandez really? why is vandalism "OK" where you from? Ever take a civics class? Why don't you care? Care about pollution? Trash? Noise? You should care...it's about quality of life, and vandalism (especially racist vandalism) is not OK...


John4
John4

@IvanAJagerbomb when the graffiti is racist and mars a statue of a person who changed history.  

Terry
Terry

@joeshine730 

We knew we could count on one of this sites resident racists not to disappoint.

John4
John4

@joeshine730 That's an idiotic solution.  Are you an idiot, joeshine730?

Rich11
Rich11

@mistercharlie Sounds like an advertisement for the SPLC.  Considering most acts of "racist vandalism" are actually carried out by anti-racist groups looking to justify their funding, the first group I would look to is Jews like those who run the SPLC.

 Lots of jews in Brooklyn always looking to drum up "evilnaziswhowanttokillsixmillionjews".

retsub
retsub

@WHO*IS*ESPN @retsub Actually,Jackson was criticized by some Blacks at the time he made that ignorant statement. Racism is racism no matter who commits it. Someone like Jackie Robinson or Dr. King would deplore some of the rhetoric from some of the so called Black leaders of today.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@mystafugee @BradleyWerner Actually obama HAS started it. IF this fool would keep his mouth shut it would help. He got elected and said "blacks can do anything now" Well they could before but are too lazy and wanting the gang bang life. The he says a punk azz thug could be his son...and then says he could have been like him.  Please just shut up about it and quit race baiting

doghockey
doghockey

@cetavo And if you have any question as to whether it is the right car, check for worn out springs in the driver seat.

mistercharlie
mistercharlie

@Rich11 @mistercharlie I don't want to get in to this weird, creepy scrum you guys are up to, but for what it's worth, I don't work for the SPLC, and give about $10/hr to them. I occasionally read their newsletter.  That's about it.  I mentioned SPLC as maybe there was somebody interested in doing something other than slinging insults or wringing their hands on the internet.


I'm not sure a Sports Illustrated website is the place to be spewing venom about any group, other than, perhaps, people like that darn Ryan Braun.

Will10
Will10

Wow, paranoid much?

LeeMorrell
LeeMorrell

@Rich11 @mistercharlie Seriously Rich11?  That might be the most ridiculous, paranoid, hate mongering thing I have ever read.  I don't know you and I am glad for that.

DropsInTheRiver
DropsInTheRiver

@Rich11 @mistercharlie I would love to see the evidence pointing towards your "fact" that "most" (which means greater than 50%) incidents of racist vandalism are by anti-racist groups looking to justify funding.

William27
William27

@Ciscos @retsub @WHO*IS*ESPN after reading this post I checked to see what jesses was worth.

I was shocked. he is worth $10 million !!!!!!

that is very shameful making all that money and doing nothing to help black people except take advantage of them

retsub
retsub

@Ciscos @retsub @WHO*IS*ESPN Full disclosure. I am a Black man who gets disgusted with some of the so called leadership and some of the rhetoric. I feel that Dr. King and Mr. Robinson were great leaders. Some of the others I have my doubts. I do feel it is the responsibility of everyone regardless of race,religion or gender to educate and assimilate themselves. LEAD YOURSELF!!!

Ciscos
Ciscos

@retsub @WHO*IS*ESPN ~ No doubt they would!  Jackson in particular has profited off his self anointment as a "Black Leader" that has made him very wealthy.  

So explain to me again how a man, with no actual Church he ministers at, becomes as wealthy as he is?  That's not from speaking engagements alone.

6marK6
6marK6

@WHO*IS*ESPN @mystafugee @BradleyWerner Please stop engaging this broken record (WHO*IS*ESPN). He is a mindless racist that rants on everything that he can tie race in to. He does not have an ounce of intelligence and cites the most inane examples to support his side.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@WHO*IS*ESPN @mystafugee @BradleyWerner Really?  He started it?  So he was the one who ignored the dispatcher's advice and went up to a kid and what happened next is up for debate but it resulted with a dead kid.  That could have been anyone's kid.  We can debate till the cows come home whether Zimmerman shooting Trayvon was justified but this all started because Zimmerman acted like a wannabe-police officer.  

TheDudeSpeaks
TheDudeSpeaks

@Rich11 @LeeMorrell Whats that lame picture of yours? Oh ya, and just to remind you, Sports Illustrated is American and so is Baseball, why on earth are you on here if you hate America so much? I just think you are a little jealous my man... Grow up. 

Robert18
Robert18

@Rich11 @LeeMorrell Just because your right that its bull crap what we do with our military and lie about he freedoms things does not make racism okay... and actually jewish peopel arent a race they are a religion in any event just like with americans just because the israeli government is corrupt does not make all of them or even close to half of them bad people... so while i know u think u are smart u are actually just as dumb as the americans that believe the righteous military actions they are fed because regardless racism and prejudice is petty, stupid and disgusting... just as the actions of wealthy corrupt governments... so basically ur main stupidity and unfortunetly for u its a really bad one is u have focused your angst against the completly wrong type of people, there is only one race the human one and there are many good and bad humans alike and unfortunetly at the same time many of the people who run the world ie the govt and militaries usually have the bad ones in charge not always but alot do... so my ending statement is congrats for u to realize the corruption that gets spun as good to many but ur still and idot to stereotype it into race and if u had any shred of common sense you would see the logic in that as logic will teach to assume or distinguish anything about someone based on race is incredible stupid and devoid of sound thought.

Jer51_20
Jer51_20

@Rich11  Amerikwans are easily the dumbest people on the planet.

Rich11
Rich11

@LeeMorrell @Rich11 It's a little beyond you to deal with functional reality.

 Pay your taxes, eat your GMOs, tell everyone how many black friends you have, and murder whoever the jew tells you to.

That's what makes a good American.

Rich11
Rich11

@LeeMorrell @Rich11 I'm not the one occupying foreign countries, raping their women, using my military to guard opium fields, partitioning land to secure mineral rights for my corporate kleptocracy, or false flagging my own cities to justify war on the enemies of jews.

So, who's the real racist?

LeeMorrell
LeeMorrell

@Rich11 I am reporting a hate crime against both Americans and Mentally Disabled people.  And, while I am at it...hand holding.  You sir, are a racist.

Rich11
Rich11

Honestly, Lee, read the f---ing site.  I don't have time to hold your f---ing hand, you retarded American.

LeeMorrell
LeeMorrell

@Rich11 @LeeMorrell @mistercharlie Half of them are simply stories about hate crimes being reported...and most of them are about crimes (real or otherwise) against gays or blacks...so where is your "proof" about Jews crying wolf?

Rich11
Rich11

@LeeMorrell @Rich11 @mistercharlie By me?  No, Lee.  The documentation is listed and provided right on the site by every single entry.  You'll find news sources such as "Huffington Post", "BBC", and "CBS".

Are these sources insufficient?

Rich11
Rich11

@LeeMorrell @Rich11 @mistercharlie All entries on the site are confirmed and documented.  The idea that it took you 2 minutes to make a firm and accurate judgement is absurd, Lee.

Rich11
Rich11

I know it goes against the narrative you've been spoon-fed your whole life in the Amerikwan educational system, but you're also the same country that believes "they hate you for your freedumbs" and believe you're a postiive force for good in the world.

Maximum1
Maximum1

@Rich11 @DropsInTheRiver @mistercharlie  

Yeah, right, like that girl sez in the commercial, "They can't put it on the Internet if it isn't true."  You know them jews, always runnin' around in white sheets givin' those god-fearin' KKK folks a bad name.