ANN ARBOR — Pride flags and other decorations were torn down from the courtyard Ann Arbor’s Aut Bar overnight, a Michigan news website reported.
The vandalism was the latest in a string of incidents against minorities in the city. From MLive.com:
This is the fourth incident of vandalism targeting gay people, Jewish people or minorities in the past few weeks in Ann Arbor.
On Aug. 10, Concordia University employees found racial slurs spray painted onto the running track.
On Aug. 18, vandals spray painted racial slurs and swastikas at the skate park at Veteran’s Park.
There was a bomb threat Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.
Bar owner Keith Orr told MLive, “There’s definitely some sense that we’re in a culture where people feel like it’s OK to do this.” Keith told the website that they have received donations to repair the damage.
The Aut Bar posted this photo and message on their Facebook page this morning:
Michigan State Rep. Yousef Rabhi has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for repairs. Money above and beyond the cost of repairs will be donated to the Jim Toy Community Center and Common Language Bookstore, the bar stated on it’s Facebook page. You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/3rz9h6-support-aut-bar.