Mom, girl find anti-Semitic graffiti on Manchester Twp. path
A Manchester Township woman and her 10-year-old daughter discovered anti-Semitic, misogynistic graffiti last weekend while walking their dog on a neighborhood walking path.
Amy Milsten said it's simply a fluke that she and her family, who are Jewish, appear to be the first neighbors to come across the vandalism, which she said she suspects was an isolated incident.
Someone scrawled "Jewish whores" in spray paint at the base of a small footbridge between the New Brittany and New Brittany II neighborhoods, Northern York County Regional Police confirmed.
The adjacent developments are just off Roosevelt Avenue in Manchester Township.
"It was an odd place to display this hatred," Milsten told The York Dispatch. "It was probably a child or teenager. ... I'm guessing whoever did it is angry at a Jewish woman."
'No different': She said Rachel understood what she was reading when they found the graffiti during their Saturday evening stroll on Sept. 23.
"She was hurt by this, but she's not letting it get her down," Milsten said, adding that her daughter is aware that societal prejudices exist, but can't understand why some people judge others because of religion, gender or ethnicity.
"She says, 'We're no different than anybody.' ... But she's used to people not understanding our holidays, our customs, our culture," Milsten said.
While Rachel was taken aback, Milsten was less surprised by the graffiti.
"We've seen a change since November," she said, adding that Rachel also has noticed it. "And we don't hide it from her. She's astute, she gets it."
Graffiti removed: Milsten said she alerted the president of her neighborhood homeowners' association, and the graffiti was removed immediately.
She also called Northern Regional Police.
Lt. David Lash confirmed officers took a report about the graffiti and said there are no suspects.
"I feel like this is a teaching moment. This can happen anywhere," Milsten said. "I didn't want to sweep it under the rug like it's not a big deal. Because it was a big deal."
Random: Still, she said, she doesn't feel targeted or worried about her family's safety and considers the placement of the graffiti random.
Rachel, a budding sleuth, noticed ripped-up paper on the ground near the scrawled words, and she and Milsten determined the scraps came from a listing of school rules, according to Milsten.
She said she doesn't know whether the ripped-up paper is connected to the graffiti.
Anyone with information about who scrawled the graffiti is asked to contact Northern Regional Police on their tip line, 717-467-TELL, or via email at email@example.com.
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