Swastikas painted on African-American mural in Los Angeles

By Stephan Kozub

Los Angeles police on Friday were trying to determine who painted swastikas on a mural that has been a fixture and a source of pride in the black community for decades.

The mural on Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles depicts the Blank Panthers and major African-American figures on a wall that has been the site of art work celebrating black history since the 1970s. The LAPD said it was investigating Thursday’s vandalism as a hate crime.

In 2002, a dozen local artists completed the 7,880 square foot “Our Mighty Contribution” mural to commemorate black history, including images of Martin Luther King, Jr., slavery, Louis Armstrong, and Harriet Tubman.

Vandals defaced the section of the mural devoted to the Black Panther Party, spray-painting…

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