What To Do If You Find Hateful Graffiti

April 17, 2017 8:36pm

Today, a Facebook post on one of the Green Lake neighborhood groups described a woman’s experience when she discovered a stall door at Evans Pool covered with swastikas, the word “nazi” and other offensive terms. The woman who posted the story (and several photos) identified herself as ‘one of the only Jewish families in the neighborhood.’ She said she saw the swastikas while at the pool with her young daughter this past weekend. The heartbreaking story had dozens of neighbors chiming in to offer condolences and words of support for her and her daughter.

We contacted the Parks Department to confirm if the graffiti was taken down. They said that they closed off that area until the painters finish the work- which is being done this week.

Sadly, similar stories popped up in the news today with swastikas spray painted on a few cars in Edmonds and on Capitol Hill recently.

If you see graffiti like this anywhere, please contact Seattle Police through this link or by call 206-684-7587.

Also send this information to the Southern Poverty Law Center who tracks reports of hateful and intimidating incidents through their #reporthate monitoring program.

  • I found the first paragraph so confusing that I re-wrote it.

    “A photograph taken of an anti-Semitic-graffiti-covered Evans Pool bathroom stall was posted today in one of the Green Lake neighborhood sites. The woman who had taken and subsequently posted the photograph of the stall that was covered with swastikas & the word “nazi” (amongst a myriad of other hate-filled-words) identified herself as a member of “one of the only Jewish families in the neighborhood”. She had taken the photograph last weekend while at Evans Pool with her young daughter.

    Dozens of her neighbors who were amongst those who saw her FB post “replied” to her post with heartfelt words of comfort, compassion and support. The directly expressed & collectively expressed feel of the replies to her post was that the absolutely horrifying graffiti on the bathroom stall was not even remotely representative of Green Lake residents.

    (I did not see the original post. I am absolutely sick about this and would like to know if there’s anything that we as her neighbors can do to help her and her loved ones feel & be safe).

  • And SG – thank you. This was so important & as always I’m grateful for your reporting! (I’ve never previously had any problem following a story & I imagine that my head cold is responsible for my difficulties following paragraph one)!

  • Very sad.