The Beastie Boys have called upon fans to join a “stand against hate messages” after swastikas and a “Go Trump” message were found graffitied in a Brooklyn park dedicated to the late Adam “MCA” Yauch.
“Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America. Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages,” the group tweeted Saturday, a day after the hateful graffiti was spotted (and quickly covered up) in the Brooklyn Heights park that houses a playground and basketball courts.
The New York Police Department and Parks Department are investigating the incident.
“Adam Yauch stood for tolerance. Call 911 if you see vandalism, harassment or hateful acts,” the Mayor’s office tweeted.
New York state senator Daniel Squadron, congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and city councilmembers Stephen Levin and Brad Lander will lead Sunday’s rally at Adam Yauch Park, which was dedicated to the late Beastie Boys member in 2013.
Lander was also critical of President-elect Donald Trump Saturday after the mogul demanded that the Hamilton cast “apologize!” to Mike Pence but didn’t comment on the hate messages found in Brooklyn and countless other places throughout America since Trump’s election.
Trump took time to condemn the thoughtful plea of the @HamiltonMusical cast. But not the swastikas in his name in a Brooklyn playground. https://t.co/3Qiibsm1wa
— Brad Lander (@bradlander) November 19, 2016
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 pic.twitter.com/DZXcUyZauP
— Beastie Boys (@beastieboys) November 19, 2016
The organizers of MCA Day also posted Yauch’s lyrics to the Beasties’ “Bodhisattva Vow” on Facebook following the incident, which included the lyrics, “Knowing love can conquer hate in every situation / We need other people in order to create / The circumstances for the learning that we’re here to generate / Situations that bring up our deepest fears / So we can work to release them until they’re cleared / Therefore, it only makes sense / To thank our enemies despite their intent.”