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Lawmakers Denounce Racist Graffiti In Flushing

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Queens lawmakers and community members denounced what they called a disgusting display of bigotry Wednesday.

They're talking about racial slurs targeting Asian Americans that authorities say were spray painted at two locations in Flushing.

One is a storefront on Union Street that is the future site of the Mitchell Linden Library.

The other is on a van belonging to the "World Journal," a popular Chinese newspaper.

"We are a welcoming community, a diverse community. And to have an ethnic slur painted is so horrendous that it just can't be tolerated," said State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky.

"My 4-year-old could probably sound out those letters and it's terrifying to me that they would have to learn words of hate as opposed to words of love and friendship," said Assemblywoman Grace Meng.

Police say both incidents are being investigated as hate crimes.

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