Coney Island’s Jackie Robinson statue defaced with ‘die n*gger’ and swastikas

By David Edwards
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 13:53 EDT
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Jackie Robinson statue in Coney Island (Photo credit: Glenn Schuck)
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) hate crimes task force launched an investigation on Wednesday after a statue of African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson was vandalized with a racial slur and other graffiti.

According to The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the statue of teammate Pee Wee Reese with arm around Robinson was defaced sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“It commemorates an incident in Robinson’s rookie year, 1947, when Reese, who was Robinson’s teammate on the Brooklyn Dodgers, walked onto the infield and put his arm around Robinson in a gesture of friendship,” the Daily Eagle noted. “At the time, Robinson was being subjected to racist catcalls and threats on a regular basis.”

WNBC reported that the graffiti included the words “die n*gger,” a swastika and the word “Hitler.”

“Immediately we went into action to try to clean it and remove the graffiti,” Brooklyn Cyclones Director of Communications Billy Harner told WINS.

Harner said that police were hoping surveillance video would help them track down the vandals.

[Photo credit: Glenn Schuck]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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