Vandal Defaces Mural With Swastika and Other Markings

Antisemitic graffiti reported at Herrick Avenue Park & Ride, Eureka. [All Photos by Ryan Hutson]

Anti-Semitic graffiti at Herrick Avenue Park & Ride, Eureka. [All Photos by Ryan Hutson]

A mural in Eureka’s southern Park & Ride location, part of the city’s 2023 mural festival, was vandalized with a swastika, the letters DANC, and what appears to be the letter “J” in white paint nearby. This incident occurred at the Herrick Avenue Hwy 101 overpass on Pound Road.

A large swastika drawn in white paint scars the popular parking location. The hate symbol stands out against the gradient blues of the artwork covering the pavement, next to word appearing to read “DANC”.

The letter “J” or a similar shape, is also drawn nearby, in the same white paint. 

The letter “J” or a similar shape, is also drawn nearby, in the same white paint.

The swastika has long been seen as a symbol of hate related to the Holocaust commonly associated with Hitler’s Nazi Germany, but has also been used with more current “neo-nazi” groups who, according to sources on anti-Semitism “self identify with a white-supremist” social or political ideology.

Another view of the vandalism.

Another view of the vandalism.

The Anti-Defamation League explains, “Since 1945, the swastika has served as the most significant and notorious of hate symbols, anti-Semitism and white supremacy for most of the world outside of Asia. Its display is prohibited in Germany and some other countries…In the United States, the swastika is overwhelmingly viewed as a hate symbol.”

Zoë Gelfant, a Canadian artist who was part of Eureka’s 2023 Street Art Festival, is known for the colorful abstract flowing works of art she creates. Now, her ocean-themed work of art is in need of a touch-up.

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