Brooklyn residents gathered to create a crowd of hundreds at Brooklyn Heights’ Adam Yauch Park on Sunday morning. The event’s cause was to rally around the recent anti-semitic defacement of playground equipment in the name of President-elect Donald J. Trump. The hateful acts hit a nerve with their location as Adam “MCA” Yauch was of Jewish heritage and also a huge advocate for peace.
Beastie Boys co-founder and dear friend to the late Adam Yauch, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, was in attendance to give his words on the hate crime.
“I’m assuming that we’re all here today because we’re thinking the same thing,” he said. “Spray painting swastikas in a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do. And for many of us, it has special meaning, because this park is named for Adam Yauch, who was my friend and bandmate for over 30 years, but he was also someone who taught nonviolence 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 ‘h-ll yeah’ kind of way in a park where children play.”
Ad-Rock also went on to instill words of encouragement to those in America who currently feel helpless in the face of bigotry and adversity:
“If you’re able to volunteer, volunteer…if you’re a musician, write that anthem. If you’re a writer, write. Take what you’re good at, and what you truly enjoy, and lend your services to the causes you care most about. ‘Cause we can’t, and we won’t, and we don’t stop.”
Elected local officials joined the rally to give their voices to fight the rise in recent hate crimes. Since election day, there have been at least 700 hate crimes reported. That number is set to change as tensions continue to flair with no firm denouncement from President-elect Donald J. Trump on the matter.
To watch Ad-Rock’s speech at the rally, peep the video below: