In the wake of terribleness following the election victory of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, a swastika appeared on a utility pole at Mercer and Belmont. One may have appeared there before but, before Election Night 2016, we had never seen that symbol, that bold.
“This is a historic LGBTQ neighborhood in Seattle,” a Capitol Hill resident who recorded the scene said, according to the Stranger. “Overnight, a swastika has appeared on a light pole… the after effects of Trump are real.” The Stranger reports a local business owner quickly painted over the hate symbol “so people in the neighborhood didn’t have to see it.”
Instead, they saw something else. Neighbor Roy sent CHS the pictures at the top of this post showing “the quick and awesome response by the community.”
The messages are a few of many appearing around Capitol Hill joining ongoing rallies, forums, and protests against the Trump presidency. It’s not new — one of the Naked Trump statues appeared at 11th and Pike, after all — but the messages like the actions are a sign that the is still plenty of fight in the neighborhood.
There is also some love. Cloth strips available outside E Pike First Covenant Church have been left for parishioners and passersby to leave messages of support for one another “in the aftermath” of the election:
E Pike pic.twitter.com/WzllvZ9qE7
— jseattle (@jseattle) November 18, 2016
There is also plenty of plain old fighting spirit:
these are all over capitol hill. I love my city. pic.twitter.com/XRblQ57L9g
— Eva (@EvaGiselle) November 18, 2016
And, yes, there will be more protest: