World Trade Center Marred by Racist Graffiti

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22:  People walk in Lower Manhattan as One World Trade Center (C) rises under construction on October 22, 2012 in New York City.  The Census Bureau reported last month that between 2000 and 2010 the city's downtown population grew by nearly 40,000 people, in spite of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. One World Trade Center is scheduled to open in 2014 at the symbolic height of 1,776 feet and will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

World Trade Center Marred by Racist Graffiti

Construction workers have been vandalizing the One World Trade Center site with racist language targeting Blacks, women, Jews and others.

Published January 29, 2013

The newly built One World Trade Center is a mark of hope for New York City after many lost family members during the Twin Towers tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001.

But a few construction workers have shown their ugliest sides by filling the property with ignorant racist words, taking away from the message of freedom the building is supposed to symbolize. Police are now investigating. 

On Monday, the New York Daily News published photos of writings of racial slurs written on plywood and other parts of the One World Trade Center site that insulted Blacks, Jews, Irish, women and glorified white power.

“Lame N------ be quiet,” one slur read.  

“Where’s Obama’s Birth Certificate!!!!,” another read, taking a shot at President Obama, who some people say was not born actually born in the U.S. and has a false birth certificate.

“None Whites Only,” a misspelled message from the Jim Crow-era, was written above the urinals in the men’s bathrooms.

This offensive language is being painted over. The site has about 1,000 workers, some of whom are upset by the racist graffiti.

Tyson Patterson, a Black worker at the site felt that speaking up about the slurs would cost him his job. “I have to be political and pretend it doesn’t bother me,” Patterson told the New York Daily News.

Mayor Bloomberg has not released a statement in response to the racist graffiti. One World Trade Center is expected to open in late 2013.


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(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Written by Natelege Whaley


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