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“On the second story someone had spray painted a bunch of swastikas”

by Prince Of Petworth January 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm 27 Comments

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“I live on Maryland Avenue NE and yesterday noticed someone had vandalized the Sasha Bruce House, most likely on Saturday night. On the second story someone had spray painted a bunch of swastikas. The Sasha Bruce House is a group home providing help and guidance to homeless teenagers. If you’re interested, the Washington Post did a great piece on it a few months ago. The vandalism is horrible, and has left me with a feeling of uneasiness- being in a liberally dominant environment like DC has made me feel safer and away from hatred associated with Donald Trump, but this isn’t the case anymore.

Here’s my question, and it feels a little silly- what can I do? I’m donating money to the charity on their site but am wondering if anyone knows how vandalism gets dealt with in DC. Is the home in charge of paying for it to be removed? Does it make sense to call and ask? ”

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  • Anon

    They can request graffiti removal from DC gov.

    • textdoc

      IIRC, D.C. removes graffiti only if it’s “crew”/gang-related. (But maybe hate graffiti qualifies too.)

      • textdoc

        Hmm — either I was incorrect, or D.C.’s policy has changed. (Or perhaps both.) According to https://dpw.dc.gov/service/graffiti-removal :
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        “DPW will clean graffiti from public and private property using paint or non-toxic solutions that are applied then removed with a high-pressure water spray, known as a power wash. [. . .] Call 311 to request either of these services. A waiver of liability form will be provided, which must be signed by the property owner and returned to DPW before abatement will occur on private property.”

        • ExWalbridgeGuy

          Huh? You thought it was de facto DC policy to leave hate speech on walls?

  • Glover Park

    I mean, why wouldn’t you call the cops as soon as you saw that?? It’s a hate crime. Call, call, call! This needs to be taken seriously!

  • kt

    Volunteer? Organize a small fundraising campaign? Really disgusting that this happened. I never knew about this place so thanks for raising awareness.

  • Sam

    Someone also smashed all of the windows at Metro Mutts and a few other businesses on H St. this morning. Most of the businesses on H St. have “We are all equal” and other positive posters up in the windows. Unsure what is going on.

    • Columbian

      Nazis are what’s going on.

      • Joysbrother

        We have white nationalists running the country. Why are people shocked to see that those obsessed with hate and resentment have been emboldened to act?

  • enough_is_enough

    How about we get facts and proof before we start throwing out accusations.

    Who’s to say this isn’t self inflicted in order to generate donations? (Not the Metro Mutts place, which is a great store BTW, but there is all sorts of crap that goes on up and down H street)

    • textdoc

      Geez Louise.
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      The OP is apparently a concerned neighbor, not a representative of the Sasha Bruce House.
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      “Who’s to say this isn’t self inflicted in order to generate donations?” That could be said about all sorts of incidents that result in pleas for donations — catastrophic fires, etc.
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      The OP isn’t even exhorting PoPvillagers to donate — he/she is just asking what he/she can do: “Here’s my question, and it feels a little silly- what can I do? I’m donating money to the charity on their site but am wondering if anyone knows how vandalism gets dealt with in DC. Is the home in charge of paying for it to be removed? Does it make sense to call and ask?”

    • Blithe

      At least as reported in this thread, neither Sasha Bruce nor “a few other businesses on H St” are soliciting donations. So “how about we get facts and proof” and stuff like that before suggesting that an apparent vandalism and possible hate crime is “self-inflicted”. I really wonder what kind of thought process goes into making a suggestion like this with absolutely nothing factual to support it.

      • textdoc

        I’m thinking it’s the same kind of thought process that looks at a black man who says he was born in Hawaii and questions whether he was really born in Hawaii.

        • Blithe

          +1 Zing! Sad…..

    • Self inflicted? That response is so cynical, even in the current climate. Sasha Bruce, which helps the most vulnerable among us, is not going to push an agenda of hate in hopes of raising funds. Get a grip. And go out and help people in your community. It will do you a world of good.

    • James W.

      suprised trolls are still getting paid even after the election… better cash the check quickly

  • textdoc

    “the Washington Post did a great piece on it a few months ago” — PoP, the link for the Washington Post article doesn’t work.
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    Not sure which article the OP was referencing, but it looks like the Post has had several mentions of the Sasha Bruce House in recent months:
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/newssearch/?query=%22sasha%20bruce%22

    • Blithe

      Thanks textdoc! I DID want to read the article that was referenced — but got too lazy to do my own search.

  • Self inflicted? That response is so cynical, even in the current climate. Sasha Bruce, which helps the most vulnerable among us, is not going to push an agenda of hate in hopes of raising funds. Get a grip. And go out and help people in your community. It will do you a world of good.

  • @textdoc, Well Stated! Love your thoughts process. Stereotypical comment to say the least…

  • CapHill

    I live next door to the Sasha Bruce House and have checked twice now and I don’t see any swastikas spray painted anywhere. Is it possible it’s already been cleaned up?

  • MadMax

    Wait so the shootings and robberies in the neighborhood didn’t make you feel unsafe, but now some spraypaint does?

    • Blithe

      Symbols of targeted hatred could easily make someone feel unsafe, and possibly singled out for violence. That could be a very different experience from being in a “violent” neighborhood with the possibly false assumption that the violence won’t actually impact them personally.
      – Full disclosure: White hoods: see Duke, David, and having Steve Bannon as chief strategist to the president and a member of the National Security Council make me feel extremely unsafe, and I say that as someone who has lived and worked in areas that have been viewed by many as war zones.

  • Anon

    I saw those over the weekend. I would say that I’m skeptical that it was vandalism. All of them were surrounding the lower half of an upper-floor window. If it was done from the outside, someone would have had to stand on the middle lower-floor window grate and reach fairly high up to spray paint. Someone on the outside could have easily just stood on the ground and spray painted on the first level and it still would have been visible from the street. It certainly looked like someone from an upper-floor window leaned out and did it.

    • Long time DC resident

      Oh please. We don’t know who did it. Can we for one second not jump to conclusions based on our political biases? “Anon” is probably right — a resident prob. did it, not a secretive group of graffiti painting white nationalists! Ridiculous!

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