Two freshmen at Northwest University have been arrested for defiling a university chapel by spray-painting swastikas, bigoted slurs like “n*gger” and “f*ggot,” penises, threatening lines through pictures of Muslim students, and “TRUMP” in appropriately yuge letters. The NY Daily News reports that “Anthony Morales, 19, and Matthew Kafker, 18, are each being held on $50,000 bail for charges of criminal damage to property, institutional vandalism and hate crime in a place of worship.”
Students and faculty alike are very distraught and bewildered by the acts of heinous vandalism in a sacred space. “It’s disturbing to think that someone who’s been in this space would be venting some sort of rage that way” mourned university chaplain Tim Stevens, who discovered the desecration on Saturday morning. “Northwestern is committed to creating a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all of our students, faculty and staff. This disgusting act of hatred violates the deepest values and core commitments of our University and is an affront to us all” railed university President Morton Schapiro against the bigoted boys.
This is the fourth incidence of anti-Semitic vandalism at Northwestern in recent months. They appear to have finally caught the perpetrators – unless Trump’s support extends further in the student population. Trump’s open support for white supremacy and increasingly violent rallies are clearly having an affect on easily influenced youths, teaching them that white supremacy is not only acceptable, but is a legitimate political movement – and that violence is an acceptable way of expressing yourself. The desecration of a chapel is a poignantly symbolic gesture, a rejection of the moral values of tolerance and charity and communal harmony that such institutions represent. Nothing illustrates Trump’s abhorrent presidential campaign quite so poetically as this defacement, however – it has no substance but crass and primitive emotions expressed in a crass and primitive way.
The graffiti has been cleaned up and no permanent damage was sustained.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.