ADL Condemns Appearance of Doll Covered in Racial Slurs Reported Outside Church in Laurel, MD

Washington, DC, November 2, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned reported vandalism found outside of the City of Zion Church, in Laurel, MD.  The vandalism allegedly included a brown doll hanging from a tree by what appears to be a noose covered in racial slurs and profanities. 

"This clear act of intimidation using racially charged slurs and a noose is despicable and strikes at the heart of our country's established principles and morals of equality and tolerance" said Emily Hollenberg, ADL Assistant Regional Director. "The ADL applauds law enforcement's concerted effort to bring the perpetrators in this case to justice--sending them and the entire community the clear message that such hatred and bigotry are not tolerated by our society." 

ADL commends the Laurel Police Department for their immediate response and vigorous investigation of the incident as a presumed hate crime. 

Hate crime statutes have been adopted by 45 states and theDistrict of Columbia.  Many of those laws are based on a model statute crafted by ADL, which has long been in the forefront of national and state efforts to deter and counteract hate-motivated criminal activity.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.