As the Director of an arts organization that produces public art, I am always prepared for the possibility of vandalism. So I was almost surprised when a 2022 project of ours was left intact and not vandalized for 12 weeks.
But then a week after installation, our sculpture that was about domestic violence was covered in handwritten slurs written in Sharpie. While some were antisemitic, all were blatant messages of hate against a variety of groups. A visceral reminder that antisemitism is racism is hate, and it’s everywhere around us.