Monday, December 5, 2016

Trump Swastika Stickers Seen in the South Loop

Via DNAinfo:
A South Loop woman posted this photo of a
swastika sticker to Facebook this week.
The neighborhood alderman says city
workers have been busy removing such
stickers in the neighborhood
since last month's election.
South Loop residents are reporting a rash of swastika stickers throughout their neighborhood.  
City workers have been "very, very good" at removing the swastika stickers from street signs and other places in the Downtown area, said Kevin Lampe, a spokesman for Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd).  
Anne Sheahan, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation, said its workers have been dispatched to take down the swastika stickers upon reports from neighbors.  
Personally, this one hits close to home both literally and figuratively.  My grandparents are holocaust survivors who endured life in concentration camps and were lucky to immigrate to our wonderful country.

The swastika is something to this day that conjures up tremendous heartache and pain for what they went through and what it symbolizes.

While we hope this is an isolated and limited occurrence in our neighborhood, it's undeniable that this hateful sentiment is permeating throughout our country (and world for that matter).

The pain we feel by this symbol is rooted in a horrific past mostly aimed at Jewish people (although others were certainly targeted by the Nazis).  The current wave of contemporary hate seems broader and aimed at various minorities - muslims, hispanics, african americans, jews and others.

We live in a wonderfully diverse neighborhood with all types of people, colors, religions and cultures.  We know the majority of our neighbors are true americans - tolerant and accepting of all.

But one thing we've learned over the years is that when you see hate, please stand up to it.  Whether that's reporting it to authorities or simply removing a sticker.  We as Americans are better than this.

(Hat tip:  NK!)

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