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ADL Strongly Condemns Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Wellsville, New York; Encouraged That Community Collaborating to Reject Intolerance

  • November 10, 2016

New York, NY, November 10, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned the vandalism of a softball field with bigoted anti-Semitic graffiti in Wellsville, New York.

The graffiti, which was discovered the day following the presidential election, featured a large swastika and the words “MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN” in black spray paint. The vandalism was scrawled across a wall on a field owned by the Wellsville Girls Softball Association near Wellsville High School.

 “We strongly condemn this vile and offensive act of hatred against the people of Wellsville,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. “While the goal of this disturbing act is to spread hate and fear across the community, now is the time for our nation to heal following a divisive and contentious election.

“Wherever they appear, expressions of hatred intimidate and impact the entire community,” Mr. Bernstein said. “Communities should not be judged on whether hate or bigotry emerges, but rather on the reaction and response. We have been in touch with law enforcement and are encouraged that they are investigating and that community members plan to come together to clearly and publicly reject this message of intolerance in Wellsville.”

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.  Follow us on Twitter: @ADL_NY