Racist, anti-Semitic graffiti sprays in Weston neighborhood – NBC 6 South Florida

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Residents in a Weston neighborhood are looking for answers after racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was sprayed in the area for the second time in less than a month.

Rep. Robin Bartleman, a Democrat whose district includes the Weston Hills neighborhood where the graffiti was found, posted images on social media showing the troubling writing.

A swastika was spray-painted on a speed limit sign, as well as a neighborhood sign and an electrical box.

“It’s horrible. People should know better these days,” said one resident.

Offensive terms for the Black community and the Jewish community were also sprayed on.

“This hatred must be expressed vigorously. It is incumbent on all Florida leaders to unequivocally condemn this dangerous rhetoric,” US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released Sunday. “Only when we unite to loudly condemn the perpetrators of these hateful acts can all Americans truly love, learn, and worship freely and without fear.”

The incident happened after graffiti was found on a sidewalk in the same neighborhood during the Yom Kippur holiday on October 5th.

Weston Mayor Margaret Brown said the graffiti was found near Hunter’s Pointe on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

“No person, regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or background, should ever wake up and see their community being desecrated,” Brown said in a statement on social media. “Anti-Semitism in any form is not welcome here.”

Neighbors in Weston fear they will wake up on Monday to find more hate speech and prejudice. Because of this, the city is holding a press conference Monday to address concerns and investigations.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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