A sanctuary for people of color and the LGBTQ community has been defaced by vandals.
The Providence Youth Student Movement in Providence, Rhode Island, became a target of hate crime when someone broke into the center, stacked chairs on top of each other, opened all drawers, stabbed scissors and knives into tables — and left a noose hanging from the ceiling.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday.
In a Facebook post, Sarath Suong, the executive director of PrYSM, recounted the details of the vandalism and said he does not believe it was a practical joke.
“A F****** NOOSE HANGING FROM OUR CEILING. Maybe it was a prank, but IT IS NOT funny. But I don't think it's a joke,” wrote Suong in the expletive-laden message.
He then wrote a message back to the vandals.
“I think we were sent a CLEAR message. But here's our message back:
F***YOU. YOU WILL NOT INTIMIDATE US, YOU WILL NOT STEER US AWAY FROM OUR MISSION, YOU WILL NEVER DAMPEN OUR SPIRIT. YOU HAVE ONLY MOTIVATED US EVEN MORE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND DEFEND OUR COMMUNITY, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR PEOPLE,” said Suong.
What’s even more disturbing is this isn’t the first time such an incident has happened at the center — if Suong’s statement “PrYSM was broken into again” is anything to go by.
The organization, founded in 2011, serves to rally South Asian youth, their families and allies to promote social justice and eliminate hate from the society.
“PrYSM organizes at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation by centering youth, women, queer, and people of color leadership in our campaigns, our organization, and our communities,” the message on the website reads.
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