The hateful and violent language that rained on Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon was not just an attack on President Obama — it was an affront to every Brooklynite.
As reported on our front page in this edition, someone tossed hundreds of copies of a vicious collection of verses, allegedly from the top of the borough’s tallest building, a 52-story tower that is still under construction on Lawrence Street.
The stanzas decry the president with the usual conservative talk radio accusations: that he hates America, that he’s a Socialist, that he reads, and that he is in league with Satan.
But it went further, trotting out some of the vile tropes of the past, with a reference to the president’s male endowment, and a vague suggestion that the president should bleed his “liberal blood.”
The overall affect is one of thuggery.
At the end of the day, the actual crime committed by the flier-tossing boor is littering. But we believe that a much larger public trust has been violated, especially if the fliers came from the top of the Brooklynite, a tower adjacent to the Metrotech office complex.
That building is still under construction, meaning that the hate-filled writer is either one of the workers on the project, or an acquaintance of a construction worker who assisted in getting the papering poet to the top of the building.
In either case, such a security breach should not be met with a mere shrug.
The Clarett Group, which is developing the building, issued a cursory statement, but elected officials should demand immediate, and heavy, sanctions against the company if the fliers came from its rooftop.
Beyond that, a full investigation of how someone got to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city — perhaps the tallest one in Brooklyn — demands a full investigation.
The crime this week may have been small, but the potential for a future disaster is enormous.