Jackie Robinson statue in Brooklyn spray-painted with ‘Heil Hitler,’ swastika

(JNS.org) The words “Heil Hitler” and a swastika, in addition to other racist graffiti, were found spray-painted on the base of the Jackie Robinson statue outside of the Minor League Baseball stadium of the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday.

Jackie Robinson. Credit: Bob Sandberg via Wikimedia Commons.

Robinson was Major League Baseball’s first black player, breaking the sport’s color barrier on April 15, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“The defacement of a public statue with words and symbols of hate is an act of intimidation that affects our entire community,” said Etzion Neuer, Acting New York Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “It is that much worse that the attack targeted the statue of Jackie Robinson, an iconic sports legend and an African-American hero who helped to integrate Major League Baseball.”

The Cyclones, an affiliate of the New York Mets, said in a statement, “It is both heartbreaking and deeply disturbing that this statue, which is a symbol of equality and tolerance, has been defaced in such an offensive and hateful way.”

Posted on August 8, 2013 .