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Racist Graffiti Discovered At Manhattan Beach Elementary School

A map of Manhattan Beach includes school locations and Bruce's Beach
Racist vandalism was discovered on the campus of Meadows Elementary, shown toward the right of this map, on Thursday morning. The day before, officials turned over Bruce's Beach, at the far left, to descendants of the Black family that owned the land before it was seized.
(Courtesy Manhattan Beach)
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Manhattan Beach school officials said racist vandalism was discovered early Thursday morning on the Meadows Elementary school campus.

A spokesperson for the school district said that damage to the playground asphalt and equipment was cleaned before students arrived for summer programs.

The vandalism came a day after officials held a ceremony celebrating the handing over of the oceanside property in the city known as Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce — a Black couple who owned the property nearly a century ago until it was seized by the city.

The Bruce's had a resort on the land until the city used eminent domain to take it away in 1927. claiming it would be turned into a park. That didn't happen until the 1960s.

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Photos of the damage posted to Reddit showed a racist slur, a vulgar drawing and a large swastika spray painted onto the play yard. It was not clear if there was a direct tie to the vandalism and the timing of the Bruce's Beach ceremony on Wednesday. The school is located about two miles to the east of Bruce's Beach, which is closer to other campuses.

In a statement, Manhattan Beach Unified School District says:

"Hate and any form of discrimination have no place in our community or in our schools. Our District prides itself in our Inclusion Stand Up Commitment and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students and families are valued, cared for, and supported. "

The vandalism was reported to Manhattan Beach police and an investigation is underway.

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