Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is offering a reward in a case of racist vandalism at the African Burial Ground.

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Eric Adams offers $1,000 in search for vandal who tagged African Burial Ground with 'n-word'

November 05, 2018 - 2:05 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There's been a spike in hate crimes in the city, including racist graffiti at the historic African burial ground in lower Manhattan.

“Some lowlife come and right back here on this monument write ‘kill the N’s.’ You must be out of your mind if you think we’ll remain silent. We want an arrest,” Assemblyman Charles Barron said.

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Those who gathered for a rally at the site said they are heartbroken by the hate -- racial slurs scrawled with a marker talking about killing African Americans and using the n-word. Community activist Tarik Washington said police need to step up their investigation.

"Racism does exist in New York City. How can there be all these cameras around and we're still looking for a suspect?" he said.

On Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams offered $1,000 of his own money as a reward in the case.

"We cannot rest while hate runs rampant in our society," he said.

Around the same time as the rally, came word from Long Island that someone scratched a swastika on a campaign sign for democratic congressional candidate Perry Gershon who is Jewish.

In Williamsburg, police are looking for a group of teenagers who threw a metal pole through the window of a synagogue on Franklin Ave on Saturday night. It's not clear whether the NYPD is investigating that as a hate crime.