Sacramento leaders speak out after anti-Jewish incidents at colleges


The city of Sacramento and community leaders spoke out Friday after images of the Nazi swastika hate symbol were found in a classroom at Sacramento State University and near campus. The postings were the latest of several recent anti-Semitic incidents at area colleges. Mayor Darrell Steinberg said a “fairly large image” was found by a Sac State employee on J Street Friday morning near the campus location. Sac State said in a statement that a student reported that another swastika image was found on a classroom wall Thursday. University police are investigating both incidents. It comes after racist and anti-Semitic banners were hung on a bicycle overpass at UC Davis over the weekend and another similar incident occurred the previous weekend. And American River College in Sacramento County told KCRA 3 on Friday that swastika graffiti was found in the campus restroom on Wednesday night. The graffiti was then removed. “We reaffirm our unwavering commitment that hate has no place at American River College. We stand with and support the Jewish members of the Beaver family and the wider community,” American River College leadership said in a message to the campus community. “We are always stronger together when we are united in our common quest for fairness and justice.” Steinberg called the image of a swastika “objectionable to all civilized peoples”. , so people who perpetuate these hateful symbols, and who knows what else they perpetuate, get the message right, that’s just OK,” Steinberg said. “It’s not ok. Hate has no place in our Sacramento. It’s not our thing. It’s never been who we are.” Among other people who spoke out to Sac State Friday included the university’s president and representatives of Sacramento’s Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities.“This hateful sign does not represent our city or this university,” Sac State President Robert Nelsen said. “We take care of each other and we will support each other.” Community leaders said they were expressing solidarity not only with the Jewish community, but also in support of people of other faiths, the LGBTQ community and people. women also targeted in hate incidents.”These acts are horrific and despicable and all too frequent,” said Bruce Pomer, president of the Sacramento-area Jewish Federation. “And hate against one is hate against all .” KCRA 3 reviewed the bias incident reports in Sacramento. The number of such incidents nearly doubled from 2020 to 2021 and has more than quintupled since 2017, according to police department data.

The city of Sacramento and community leaders spoke out Friday after images of the Nazi swastika hate symbol were found in a classroom at Sacramento State University and near campus. The postings were the latest of several recent anti-Semitic incidents at area colleges.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said a “fairly large image” was found by a Sac State employee on J Street Friday morning near the campus location. Sac State said in a statement that a student reported that another swastika image was found on a classroom wall Thursday. University police are investigating both incidents.

It comes after racist and anti-Semitic banners were hung on a bicycle overpass at UC Davis over the weekend and another similar incident occurred the previous weekend.

And American River College in Sacramento County told KCRA 3 on Friday that swastika graffiti was found in the campus restroom on Wednesday night. The graffiti was then removed.

“We reaffirm our unwavering commitment that hate has no place at American River College. We stand with and support the Jewish members of the Beaver family and the wider community,” American River College leadership said in a message to the campus community. “We are always stronger together when we are united in our common quest for fairness and justice.”

Steinberg called the image of a swastika “objectionable to all civilized peoples”.

“If we leave small, medium or large displays of hate unaddressed, then the people who perpetuate these hateful symbols, and who knows what else they perpetuate, get the message right, that’s just OK,” he said. Steinberg. “It’s not ok. Hate has no place in our Sacramento. It’s not about us. It was never who we are.

Others who spoke Friday at Sac State included the university’s president and representatives of Sacramento’s Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities.

“This hateful sign does not represent our city or this university,” Sac State Chairman Robert Nelsen said. “We take care of each other and we will support each other.”

Community leaders said they were expressing solidarity not only with the Jewish community, but also in support of people of other faiths, the LGBTQ community and women who are also the target of hate incidents.

“These acts are horrific and despicable and all too common,” said Bruce Pomer, president of the Sacramento-area Jewish Federation. “And hatred against one is hatred against all.”

KCRA 3 reviewed bias incident reports in Sacramento. The number of such incidents nearly doubled from 2020 to 2021 and has more than quintupled since 2017, according to police department data.

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