Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece Calls On Ohio Attorney General To Investigate Hateful Vandalism In Cincinnati
Says state must support community after pattern of racist, homophobic graffiti
January 23, 2017
 
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State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today sent a letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine urging him to investigate recent incidents of vandalism involving hateful symbols and speech in Cincinnati. 


Reece’s alma mater, Whithrow High School, was targeted by vandals this weekend, who spray-painted swastikas and racist and homophobic graffiti on the school’s exterior. 


This latest incident marks the fourth time in three months that hateful language and images have been painted on homes, schools and public spaces in the Southwest Ohio city.


The full text of Rep. Reece’s letter to the attorney general is included below


January 23, 2017 


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 E. Broad Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3428


Dear Attorney General Mike DeWine:


I write today to formally request that the state investigate a recent pattern of ethnic intimidation, hateful acts and property damage targeting educational institutions and other public and private spaces in Cincinnati.


Earlier this month, vandals spray-painted a swastika on a sign at Hebrew Union College, the largest Jewish seminary in North America. Similar racist and homophobic graffiti was spray-painted at Cincinnati Public School’s Withrow High School, my alma mater, this past weekend. This latest incident marks the fourth time in three months that images of hate have been painted on homes, schools and public spaces in Cincinnati.


As state representative of the 33rd House district in Hamilton County, former president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, and most importantly an alumna and member of the Withrow High School family, I am extremely troubled and outraged by these despicable acts of hate that insult our students, families, community and state as a whole.


Though hateful offenses seem all too common these days, we must remember hate does not reflect our values as a community nor nation. Just this morning, more than 140 students, alumni, parents and community leaders gathered outside Withrow High School to send a clear message that hate and intolerance has no place in the city of Cincinnati.


Now it is time that the state sends the same message. On behalf of the students, parents, teachers and community members that have reached out to me with their concerns, I ask that you take action by investigating these heinous acts of hate and intimidation in Cincinnati.


Thank you in advance for your timely response to this request. I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding this urgent matter.


Sincerely,


Alicia Reece
State Representative
33rd House District

 

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