A subway poster advertising Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s new book has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti reading, “Die, Jew Bitch!” complete with a swastika.
The poster was vandalized at the Nassau Avenue subway stop on the G line in Brooklyn, New York and discovered on Tuesday. A passenger tweeted an image of the poster, but has since made her account private.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said it was investigating the incident and studying surveillance video from the station to find the offender.
The New York City Transit Authority said the offensive imagery was removed and “we regret that our customers were exposed to this hate speech.”
Following up with an update: that offensive imagery was reported yesterday, and our crews removed it immediately after NYPD had collected evidence for its investigation. Again, we regret that our customers were exposed to this hate speech, and thank you for notifying us. ^JLP pic.twitter.com/KlZkERBD6k
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 13, 2019
The graffiti was met with an outpouring of condemnation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet he would find those “responsible for this anti-Semitic trash and ensure they face consequences for trying to spread hate in New York City.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg represents the very best of our city.
We’ll find whoever is responsible for this anti-Semitic trash and ensure they face consequences for trying to spread hate in New York City. If you have any information on this despicable act, please contact the NYPD. https://t.co/qff5nV7OE1
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 13, 2019
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was the second week in a row that a “symbol of hate” was discovered on a subway platform. “We will not stand by and allow hateful vandalism in New York,” he said, adding he had directed the Hate Crimes Task Force to help the NYPD with its investigation.
For the second week in a row, a symbol of hate was discovered on a NYC subway platform. We will not stand by and allow hateful vandalism in New York. I have directed the @NYSPolice Hate Crimes Task Force to provide the NYPD with any resources needed to assist in the investigation
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 13, 2019
Ginsburg was the second woman and the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court and has served for 25 years. The defaced poster was advertising a new book about Ginsburg called ‘The Unstoppable Ruth Bader Ginsburg: American Icon’, by Antonia Felix.
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