Teens tear down park’s ‘Trump’ banner

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A pair of teens scaled a baseball diamond backstop in Dyker Heights to tear down a pro-Donald Trump banner someone hanged there on July 11 because they thought the posting was racist, a witness said. An apparent fan of the divisive presidential hopeful posted the campaign paraphernalia in view of Dyker Beach Park’s soccer pitch, and the kids thought that was a dig at the people of color who frequent the field, so they pulled the political pennant and stomped on it for good measure, an onlooker told this paper.

“Two kids climbed up the whole fence and tore it all down and stepped on it,” said resident Mario Caggiano, who happened upon the scene. “They were defending the Mexicans that were there — the kids specifically mentioned the Mexican soccer players.”

Critics have blasted Trump, who has campaigned on building a wall separating Mexico and the United States, for a litany of remarks perceived as racist toward Latinos.

The teens appeared to be Arabic — a primarily Islamic pan-ethnicity that Trump has also riled by proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the United States — but they seemed unconcerned with their own identity politics and only told Caggiano they were standing up for neighborhood Latinos, said Caggiano, a Hillary Clinton supporter and administrator at IS 303.

The educator was glad to see kids getting involved, he said.

“It was inspiring to see children doing that — taking a stance — because they felt that Trump was very divisive,” he said. “I felt pride in these children doing this. I don’t want our neighborhood to be cast in that light — that we’re close-minded. I don’t want any of that divisivene­ss.”

The Parks Department bars people from posting signs in city greenswards without a permit, and the department did not sign off on the Trump banner, a spokeswoman said.

If you are one of the teens who took down the banner, we’d like to get your take. Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Phil from Sheepshead Bay says:
How is it Trump, who has never said(there is zero proof of that) anything racist is called "racist" and Hillary who never hesitated to express her racism, filmed multiple times is not?
July 13, 2016, 12:18 pm
Bambi from Brooklyn says:
Well, so apparently Arabs believe in tearing down and stomping on whatever they don't want - and somehow can't understand why people don't like them. Certainly a mystery why that is!
I guess they're just doing what their cousins in the middle east do, just here.
July 13, 2016, 2:19 pm
Macca says:
There for tolerance as long as it's what they believe. But Trump sign oh that's not allowed. How tolerant. Who's the racist.
July 13, 2016, 3:06 pm
Milky from Dyker Heights says:
The true racists are usually found in the comments section.
July 13, 2016, 5:08 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Attacking the man's house in Gowanus was wrong but in this case -- the banner shouldn't have been put in a public park.
July 14, 2016, 8 am
Me too from Around says:
It's true that the banner shouldn't be there. But rather than tear it down, the right thing to do would have been to report it to the authorities.

And any public school administrator that takes pride in deviant behavior, worse yet when it supports his own bias views, should be fired and not be permitted near our impressionable children.

Thank you 'Mario Caggiano of IS 303' for identifying yourself. I hope the authorities investigate you and take the appropriate action and dismiss you. While you felt pride in this situation, I felt embarrassment.

While yo
July 14, 2016, 10:26 am
James from Sheepshead Bay says:
The media has done a good job of adding commentary to what Trump has says. and yes, Including the commentary a sane person could conclude his comments as being racist. Most people read the headline written by mostly liberal reporteres and not the actual full comment. Hillary speaks in legalize designed to confuse .His actual comments are as follows
1) Ban new Serian refuges that Oboma and Clinton wants to bring in. the same refuges that are raped women on New Years Eve. THE REASON, we have no way or verifying if they are indead Serian because ISIS has taken over passport printing plants. and ISIS has stated they have sent people into the refugee camps that with the purpose of sneaking into the US and Europe to commit terrorist acts.

This seems logical. ????????
July 14, 2016, 11:15 am
James from Sheepshead Bay says:
Trumps actual position
1) Build a wall at the Mexican border where drug dealers and people who have been repeated deported sneak back in. There has been numerous cases where these GANG MEMBERS from Mexico has raped and killed americans including law abiding mexicans.

His statements are actually fact!!. Cities across american are under seige by mexican street gangs and drug cartels who smuggle drugs and money across the border becasue we have no border control. At the airport you need to go through immigration , why not at the land border?

Thats why banning gun sales in the USA is laughable, they will just wlk them across the border.
July 14, 2016, 11:21 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
"The Parks Department bars people from posting signs in city greenswards without a permit."
July 14, 2016, 10:26 pm

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