An elementary school in Fairfield, Connecticut was vandalized with anti-China graffiti on Wednesday. According to Fox 61, McKinley Elementary School was tagged with the words “United States of China,” “Biden for socialism,” “Beijing Biden,” and “Commie Kamala.” More of the same messages were found spray-painted on a TJ Maxx building nearby later on the day.
Fairfield Police Department said they understood the incident “caused a great deal of alarm” and are working “diligently” to identify the culprit(s).”
State Senator Tony Hwang called out the racist messages and said there was no room for hate and intolerance.
“I am emotionally upset and strongly reacting to the vandalism and hate graffiti statement on politics and the insinuation of racial bias against Chinese Americans that appeared today at an elementary school in Fairfield,” he said in a statement. “These cowardly racist and political-themed messages were written on the sidewalk of a school intended for parents/caregivers and students to see was abhorrent. And to place it onto the property of a nationally recognized school known for its diversity of race, religion and ethnicity adds to the potency of the intended hate message. There is no place on any school campus for the invoking of incendiary messages against any person, race, religion, orientation, disability or ability, or any difference in political thought. As a state senator, I proudly played an integral role in the introduction of the strongest anti-hate legislation Connecticut has seen to date, and I will continue to be an advocate for all Connecticut residents without exception. We are at a pivotal time in our town, state and country. I am imploring each and every resident to work toward the common goals of respect, repair and unity. There will be no tolerance of any form of hate, vandalism or violence in our state and it is my hope that the Fairfield Police Department takes this act seriously, and prosecutes the vandals to the fullest extent of the law.”