— Julie Zauzmer (@JulieZauzmer) December 30, 2016
Swastikas have been cropping up all over the place, from notes left in press pens at Donald Trump events to the playgrounds of Brooklyn. Now, a family in Arizona is reporting that a lighted menorah in their front yard was twisted into the hateful symbol in an act of vandalism, according to the Washington Post.
Naomi and Seth Ellis erected the menorah after their kids asked if they could put up lights similar to the ones neighboring families were displaying for Christmas. “One trip to Lowe’s, $100 worth of PVC pipe, nine solar-powered lights and a coat of shiny gold paint later, the Ellises had a shining 7-foot-tall Hanukkah menorah on their lawn,” WaPo said.
Yesterday morning, they awoke to find that their “special menorah” was twisted into a swastika.
They weren’t sure what to tell their three sons, who know about the Holocaust in the broad sort of way kids ages 5, 7, and 9 might, but had not ever seen a swastika before.
“We talk a lot about the importance of equality and tolerance, loving everybody no matter what. I had to tell them that not everybody feels that way. Some people are ignorant, and this is what they do,” Naomi said. “This is the real reality that we live in: People hate us for no reason or want us to feel scared for who we are. That’s not something I wanted to have to tell them.”
Police officers helped the family remove the structure from their yard.
In the spirit of Hannukkah — which means “rededication” — they had planned to rebuild their display as of WaPo publishing their story.
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