How Come Walgreens Took a Month to Take Down a Swastika on Their Property?


“Antisemitic incidents reached an all-time high in the United States in 2021, with a total of 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism reported to ADL (the Anti-Defamation League). This represents the highest number of incidents on record since ADL began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979 – an average of more than seven incidents per day and a 34 percent increase year over year. “ – ADL website

“It is vandalism,” said Officer Drake Madison of the LAPD Media Relations Division. I contacted their offices about it and asked him what people should do if they find something like this.

“On private property it’s up to those people to remove it,” Officer Madison said. “However, wherever it is, graffiti should be taken down. It sends a message. There’s a graffiti removal services hotline in Los Angeles. It can come down fast. It’s through 311.”

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While Hoffman is relieved it’s no longer up, she told me it’s not the only local incident.  Another swastika was seen on a nearby bus stop and the words ‘Nazi’ and ‘Anarchy’ on an on-ramp to the 101 Freeway.