Even Museums That Celebrate Unity Across Cultures Are Falling Victims To Hate Crimes

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Most people go to museums to see art, experience culture and to learn a thing or two. But this past Saturday, someone went to the New Americas Museum in San Diego, which celebrates and promotes the “understanding and interaction between newcomers and native-born Americans,” to scribble xenophobic rhetoric on museum posters. Who does that?

A vandal tagged a piece in the museum with anti-immigrant rhetoric, not once, but…

Credit: newamericanmuseum/Facebook

Note the scrawl is in ALL CAPS to emphasize the writer of the message is very MAD at all immigrants.

…Twice. The second message blamed immigrants for over populating the country.

Credit: newamericanmuseum/Facebook


After executive director of the museum, Linda Caballero-Sotello, reported the incident, to local police and the FBI she also posted this reaction video on Facebook.

Credit: lindacaballero/Facebook

“It’s disheartening to see that a cultural space that talks about the contributions of immigrants can be so threatening to those who now feel empowered and emboldened to speak very negative, very divisive messages,” she said.

It’s no secret that after the presidential election, many feel entitled to be more vocal about their hateful sentiments. In fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 hate-related incidents in the 10 days after the election and a large fraction of the harassment has come from self-identified Trump supporters.

Trump recently went on “60 Minutes” and said, “If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”

Well, that’s going to solve everything 😒.


Learn more about the anti-immigrant vandalism here.

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