The Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz spoke at an anti-hate rally against “homegrown terrorism” after a children’s park was vandalized.
Hundreds of New Yorkers turned out for the demonstration against hate in Brooklyn’s Adam Yauch Park after playground swings and equipment was disfigured with pro-Trump slogans and swastikas.
Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America.— Beastie Boys (@beastieboys) November 19, 2016
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11:30, Adam Yauch Park, Brooklyn, NYC pic.twitter.com/DZXcUyZauP
The park is named in memory of Beastie Boys’ founding member and band mate Adam “MCA” Yauch, who grew up in the neighborhood and preached tolerance — especially towards Muslims. The playground was named after for Yauch in 2013 after his death the year prior and it is particularly sad that neo-Nazis chose to vandalize a place that was especially designated for children.
Speaking through a microphone, Ad-Rock told the crowd: “I’m assuming that we’re all here today because we’re thinking the same thing — spray painting swastikas at a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do. And for many, many of us it had special meaning because this park is named for Adam Yauch, who was my friend and band mate for over 30 years. But he was also someone who taught non-violence in his music, in his life to all of us and to me. But this is more about someone in New York City linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a ‘hell yeah!’ kinda way…in a park where children play FYI!”
He also recounted several incidents of hate crime that popped up after President-elect Donald Trump’s election win, and urged people to “stand up against hate” and to volunteer for causes that fight for inclusiveness and tolerance.
The New York Police Department and Parks Department are investigating the case. Mayor Bill de Blasio has also urged people to come forward and report hate crimes.
Following the incident, the organizers of MCA Day — a fan-based event intended to honor the works and life of Yauch — also posted lyrics to the Beastie Boys’ “Bodhisattva Vow” on Facebook.
Meanwhile, at the park…