Racist graffiti has been written on a Chicago church two days in a row this week. On Monday and Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, swastikas and the message reading “Rape Mexico” were found on a church’s doors. The church is in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood which is highly-populated with Hispanic persons.
The graffiti was found on the glass doors of Lincoln United Methodist Church which is located at 2242 South Damen Avenue on the city’s near southwest side. The vandalism occurred just after Rev. Jesse Jackson had spoken at the church on Easter Sunday. Jackson spoke about the importance of immigration reform for Christians.
The pastor of the church, Emma Lozano, attributes the incidents to the widely publicized remarks made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. She believes his remarks have incited the vandalism. As is highly publicized, Trump highly favors building a wall between the United States and Mexico. He has also asserted that some Mexicans who have illegally entered the country are rapists. Lozano, who is also pastor of Lincoln United Methodist Church’s sister church, Adalberto United Methodist Church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, says that the rhetoric that has been coming out of the presidential campaigns is fueling the courage of people who feel threatened by the growing Latino community. She claims that phrases being made such as ‘Mexicans are coming here to rape’ are words that do violence and fuel anger – and, she maintains, that someone is acting out of that anger.
According to DNA Info, Lozano has posted evidence of the graffiti on Facebook along with her opinions on the matter. The Chicago Police have been alerted to the activities. Lozano has also asked that area residents, including the church’s congregation, to be on the alert.