September 6, 2017

Neighbors in Albuquerque concerned about swastika

A Nazi symbol displayed in the window of an Albuquerque home has neighbors upset.

KRQE-TV reported that a swastika flag was displayed at a westside house. The house is near Unser and Ladera and one neighbor, who said they were part of a bi-racial family, said it disturbed her.

“My grandkids live with me. I don’t want them walking by and seeing that, or having to be afraid to walk down the street,” Dawn Candelaria told the TV station.

From the story:

Neighbors say it’s unusual to see something like this. It’s a close knit community, except no one really knows much about the family in that home. However, they say it’s always been a welcoming, mixed race community.

“I’ve never felt worried or concerned. We have white, we have Hispanic, we have Native American, and that’s how it should be,” said Candelaria.

The swastika was not up when the camera crew went by the house, but the station showed a picture taken by someone in the neighborhood.

It is not illegal in the United States to display a swastika or other hate symbols because of the U.S. constitution’s free speech protection..