Swastika Graffiti Is Not A ‘Hate Crime’

06.29.09 Bucky Turco

350_swastika_graffiti_bg1 Although the local media in Colorado Springs will likely be disappointed, since nothing exciting happens there, this swastika stenciled graffiti on a sidewalk accompanied by the words “No Smoking” isn’t a “hate crime,” far from it actually. ABC affiliate, KRDO, wasn’t so convinced and hit the streets for answers looking for explanations, but maybe they should have considered investigating current events instead. With the FDA recently acquiring fascist-like powers to regulate tobacco—that could lead to really edgy packaging—and early anti-smoking propaganda campaigns by the Nazis, it’s both culturally relevant and historically accurate.