Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock speaks at Adam Yauch rally: “We’ve got to stand up against hate”

Anti-hate rally was held after Adam Yauch park was defaced with pro-Trump graffiti

A New York City park named in honour of late Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch was defaced with swastikas and pro-Trump graffiti on Friday (Nov 18).

Yauch died of complications from cancer in May 2012 at the age of 47. The Adam Yauch park is located in Brooklyn, New York.

Local politicians announced a “stand up against hate” rally yesterday (Nov 19) that took place at the park today (Nov 20) at 11:30 a.m (EST). The rally was organised by State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Nydia Velásquez, city council members, elected officials, and other community and faith leaders.

Beastie Boys Ad-Rock speaking at Adam Yauch Park 11/20/16 Stand Up Against Hate Rally

Uploaded by Kimberly Logan on 2016-11-20.

Beastie Boys’ member Ad-Rock attended the rally, giving a speech through a megaphone. He began, “I’m assuming that we’re all here today because we’re thinking the same thing – spray painting swastikas at a children’s playground is a messed up thing to do.”

After talking about Yauch’s belief in nonviolence, he detailed multiple examples of hate crimes and hate speech that have cropped up in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election. You can see the full speech above.

The vandalism of Adam Yauch Park comes in the same week that Beastie Boys’ classic debut album, ‘License To Ill’, celebrates its 30th birthday.

The album was a phenomenal success for the pioneering hip-hop trio, becoming the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard 200 chart. It went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone.