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A little inflammatory graffiti in Brookline

White Power logo on a Brookline traffic-control box

A UHub photographer spotted this racist graffiti on a traffic-control box at Beacon and Hawes streets in Brookline this afternoon: She adds:

I called the non emergency police phone number and they came right away.

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I didn't realize there were any Trump supporters in Brookline.

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Vas ist los 714?

Candidate Percent Votes

Donald Trump
49.3% 311,313 votes

https://apps.bostonglobe.com/election-results/2016/primary/republican/ma...

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Not every Trump supporter lives in Brookline.

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I voted for Kodo--I mean Kasich.

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That's a buddhist swastika, not a Nazi one. Nazi swastikas point clockwise. It's a wonder the graffito was able to spell the rest properly.

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It's like the "rectangle/square" idiom; all Nazi swastikas point clockwise but not all clockwise swastikas are Nazis'.

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It makes sense that some degenerate dumb enough to advertise their views in favor of white power would also be dumb enough to get the swastika wrong.

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a 30 pct chance of being legitimate, 30 pct chance of being a deliberate troll, and a 40 pct chance of a delinquent kid doing it for shock value.

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I don't see a meaningful difference in your three possible motives. "Trolling" and "shock value" are merely convenient delusions for people who want to believe they are not racist.

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a hypothetical troll votes for Bernie and puts up the graffiti as some kind of ironic protest. Or as a false flag or something.

A hypothetical delinquent kid does it because there's really no thought process there, kind of like yelling out a profanity that he just picked up from somewhere else without a sense of meaning or context.

I have a hard time picturing those two putting on white hoods for real.

The real white supremacist? They exist, I just have a hard time picturing them in Brookline, all quiet and stealthy until they just couldn't resist the urge to assert themselves on a traffic control cabinet. That's why they get the low score from me.

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I went to high school in a town as Jewish as Brookline. The school district took anti-Semetism very seriously. There was a Holocaust education curriculum starting in the 4th grade, and any allegations of anti-Semetic behavior or saying were dealt with through harsh punishment, Very Special Assemblies, and Facilitated Class Discussions about the ramifications of anti-Semetic slurs.

While I was in high school, there were three large "outbreaks" of anti-Semetism. One was a Jewish fourth grader who drew a swastika in the bathroom because she wanted to see what would happen. The other was a group of Jewish high schoolers who spray painted a swastika on the outside of the school because they wanted to take a nap during the Very Special Assembly that the school would call to discuss it. The third was a group of Jewish students who wrote what they felt was a tounge-in-cheek musical sketch for a talent show that the administration felt was outright ethnically offensive, but the students said "But we're Jewish and we think it's funny and we can't be racist against ourselves."

Now, I'm not saying that it's impossible that this wasn't someone who was really into White Power. Those people exist and they're getting bolder by the day. However, if you live in a town where that kind of behavior guarantees a big public reaction, of course irresponsible teenagers will utilize it as a means for goading other people into upset so they can laugh at them.

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Jews draw swastikas everywhere, black people falsify all accounts of racist verbal and physical attacks, women lie about sexual assault, etc etc etc. You can find anecdotes that support each of those statements and still, overwhelmingly, authentic incidents far outnumber false ones.

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spring-loaded to cry "help! help! I'm being repressed!" at the slightest slight. If you think there's such a thing as ground-truth statistics for all of these anecdotes, I've got a bridge to sell you.

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Chalking off this stuff as the work of irresponsible teenagers has at least a couple of negative affects:

A) It affectively lets the adults/parents of teenagers off the hook, thereby absolving them of all responsibility for the instillation of such bigoted attitudes in their kids

B) It dismisses the fact that teenagers are old enough to know better, and essentially lets them off the hook, encouraging them not to take responsibility for their actions and behaviors.

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This kind of stuff is often done by the opposite of who you assume did it. An anti Trump person could have done this because it is the narrative they want to promote. It happens quite often.

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I would not say it never happens, but actual racist activity is far more likely.

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Someone could be getting the impression, in light of recent, events that this is becoming more acceptable. I don't quote understand the logic pretzels. Seems defensive.

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learned against generic accusations of racism made as shorthand for "I disagree."

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How do you define "quite often", and what are your data supporting your assertion that hate graffiti is "quite often" produced by members of the targeted group?

(you don't have to answer, but if you don't, I think I'm going with my initial impression that this is denial/wishful thinking on your part)

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Lunenburg, MA. last year. Somebody painted racist graffiti on the foundation of a black players house. The football team was blamed,and punished but it turned out to be kids own mother.

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I took it. Am of white european folk and raised christian. So not Jewish or brown. This graffiti really pissed me off. Thoughts?

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