CALABASAS, California (KTLA) – A man who placed swastikas and racist language on the window of his apartment in Calabasas, yelled at reporters and told them to “call the White House,” watched a video made Wednesday morning.
Authorities were alerted on Tuesday to the hateful reports and tried unsuccessfully to make contact with the resident of Park Sorrento Condominiums, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department of Los Angeles County told KTLA.
The somewhat inconsistent messages were still on the window when reporters arrived on Wednesday and tried to talk to the occupant of the second-story apartment building.
Eventually a man with a shaved head and a pile of papers came out and started yelling at reporters below, showed the KTLA video.
“Take this, read it. Call the White House, “he said, throwing the papers on the floor.
The newspapers repeated many of the same messages on the sliding glass door. Some statements seemed to be aimed at President Donald Trump and Christians.
A message on the door of the apartment read “I am Jewish” and used the phrase “sh – hole land”, a clear reference to Trump ‘s language during a closed door meeting on immigration in January 2018, during which he alternated to El Salvador orphan, Haiti and African countries.
Authorities said they could not force the man to remove the messages because they were placed in his private home.
Mayor of Calabasas Alicia Weintraub said the city “will do everything we can to get it.”
“This kind of material and language does not belong in our community,” she said. “I know we all feel sick that someone can freely adopt such a hateful language in our community.”
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal Bernard San Bernardino, told the Los Angeles Times that the normalization of Nazi symbols, along with “gross” social media, contributed to an increase in hate crimes.
“We have (de) mainstreaming anti-Semitism,” Levin told the Times. “When society becomes polarized and fragmented and confidence in municipal institutions diminishes, the kind of universal recipient of that hatred – or at least the first turn on that highway – is anti-Semitism.”
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