The first incident was reported by your LynnHappens editor and downtown resident September 4th, 2018. Some dismissed those “SS” bolts as being from the former logo of the Lynn Hell’s Angels, but scrawling in sidewalk chalk is not something I expect of HA, and from what I understand, they no longer use those in their logo.
This time, there were swastikas alongside the “SS” bolts, proving the chalk-scrawler’s intent.
The doorway is a rear entrance to a business facing Broad Street at the corner of Silsbee. The woman working the front desk of that business was unaware, and upset to hear about it, also being Jewish. I’ll leave their names out of this.
I’m Jewish. My mother was born in Germany to survivors. I’m not going to allow incidents like this to get swept under the rug, as I said the last time. It has been reported to the Lynn Police and to the Anti-Defamation League. I urge anyone who sees symbols of hate in our community to do exactly the same. It’s as easy as snapping a few photos and reporting online.
Also, I’m an ardent supporter of free speech. I did not call the ADL when I saw a gentlemen walking his dog downtown wearing a t-shirt with a hateful message. It disgusted me, but he was within his rights. What I’m reporting is hate vandalism, and vandalism is a crime. The owner of this property did not in any way invite this doorway to be marked up. I have also reported known gang tags, many of which I’m familiar with from a former job.
Lynn has always been a welcoming community of people from all over – at least for the most part. Of course, there’s a few in every crowd. Let’s point them out.