Statue Defaced: Jackie Robinson’s in Brooklyn

    August 7, 2013
    Bennett Rieser
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A statue of groundbreaking African-American baseball star Jackie Robinson was vandalized today in Brooklyn.

In a statement by the NYPD, detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct has said the incident “is being treated as a bias crime… Hate Crimes will investigate the incident.”

A manager of the MCU baseball park in Coney Island discovered the vandalism around 8:30 this morning. The messages “Heil Hitler,” “F–k Jackie Robinson,” “Die n—-r,” and “f–k n—-r” were written at the base in black marker. Although the messages put directly on the statue were able to removed, the writing on the solid stone base was unable to be removed. The NYPD is reportedly sending someone to retreat the base. In the meantime, the park employees covered up the offending messages.

Sports Illustrated reports Billy Harner, director of communications for the Brooklyn Cyclones, as saying that the statue “is a symbol of tolerance. It’s an absolute tragedy that someone would deface it the way they did… We’re going to go through surveillance video to see if we can come across any information that will assist them in their investigation.” The vandalism apparently took place after Tuesday night’s Cyclones game.

Reuters notes that the statue, which includes a gesture of former Brooklyn Dodgers player Pee Wee Reese embracing his teammate Jackie Robinson, memorializes a moment that took place before a game in Cincinnati. At what was a sensitive time for baseball fans, Reese’s move was seen as assisting a segregated public in accepting a black player into the modern world of baseball. The moment was recently recreated for the film “42.”

Main image courtesy Twitter.

  • The Hun

    What do we expect when the Supreme Court strikes down voter right’s legislation and the states immediately start parading racist voter suppression laws like the Texas voter ID laws? Racism is alive, well, and fully awake here in the grand USA, folks. We must all remain alert for it and squash it whenever we can. It will be stories like THIS that will keep us on our toes! Keep the faith!

  • DocTJ

    You had to have TWO picture IDs to get into the NCAA meeting!! This “picture ID is voter suppression” is BU##*@IT pure and simple!!! Race-baiters like YOURSELF “The Hun”, are what cause this kind of CRAP. People are TIRED of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson taking a NO-NEWS incident and stiring it into RIOTS. And it’s a TERRIBLE SHAME. Jackie Robinson never did ANYTHING to the IDIOT that defaced this statue!