Chicago neighborhood shops defaced with racist swastika graffiti


When Arcan Abu-hashish noticed the black swastikas painted on his Jefferson Park smoke store, he felt damaged, he stated, and scared.

“I simply want he’d depart us alone,” Abu-hashish stated concerning the vandal. “It’s very disappointing, to see somebody carry hate.”

The swastikas have been painted on the store’s again door, boarded-up entrance door and road signal on Tuesday evening. The white supremacist graffiti additionally appeared at one other close by store owned by folks of coloration, Abu-hashish stated.

As of Thursday, police haven’t made any arrests and stated they’re persevering with to research. The enterprise proprietor stated he has a suspicion about who may have accomplished it: a problematic former buyer he believes is affiliated with a white supremacist gang.

“That is undoubtedly one thing I fear about,” stated Abu-hashish, who’s Jordanian. “It’s focused. … He’s racist to the bone.”

Police reported two companies on the block have been spray painted and wrote that the vandal was a person.

Representatives of a close-by hashish dispensary that Abu-hashish stated was additionally tagged with a swastika declined to remark when contacted by the Tribune. The dispensary can also be owned by folks of coloration, Abu-hashish stated.

One other swastika was discovered painted throughout the road from a constructing utilized by the Ho-Chunk Nation, an American Indian tribe whose historic territory contains land in Wisconsin and Illinois, tribe spokesperson Kasey Brown stated.

“It’s definitely not welcoming,” Brown stated.

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Whereas Brown wasn’t positive if the swastika was directed at his tribe, he stated that coping with racism and white supremacy shouldn’t be new for the Ho-Chunk.

“As a tribal member, I’ve handled this my total life,” he stated. Nonetheless, the assault caught out to tribal members, he added.

Ald. Jim Gardiner, forty fifth, stated he has zero tolerance for the hateful messaging that appeared in his ward. The alderman’s employees referred to as police when notified concerning the incident as a result of it concerned a hate crime, he added.

“Our nation has sadly witnessed the unfavourable results of hate messaging and subsequently it’s important our group takes a powerful stance to proceed embracing and selling the variety and inclusivity that makes us proud to dwell and work in Jefferson Park,” Gardiner stated.

The Division of Streets and Sanitation instantly despatched a graffiti elimination staff upon studying concerning the incident and took down the racist marks Wednesday, division spokesperson Mimi Simon stated.

jsheridan@chicagotribune.com

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