Swastikas Drawn On Jefferson Park Businesses Owned By People Of Color: 'It Definitely Feels Targeted' – Block Club Chicago

JEFFERSON PARK — Three Far Northwest Side businesses were tagged with swastikas Tuesday night, owners said.

Three neighboring businesses, all owned and operated by people of color, were hit with swastikas on their back doors, a front sign and a van belonging to one of the businesses.

Black swastikas were painted on Supreme Smoke Shop, 4766 N. Milwaukee Ave., Cannabist, a dispensary at 4758 N. Milwaukee Ave. and Indigenous government office Ho-Chunk Nation at 4738 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The tagging happened late Tuesday, said Arcan Abuhashish, owner of Supreme Smoke Shop.

Abuhashish, who is Arab, said the incident feels targeted toward non-white businesses along the block. He believes he knows who the offender is and has seen him before in the area, he said.

“The dispensary has all types of nationalities that work there and Ho-Chunk is Native … it definitely feels targeted,” Abuhashish said. “The point is he knows what he’s doing.”

LizMarie Palomo, Midwest general manager for Cannabist, agreed that the incident feels targeted and looks racially motivated.

“We have a lot of minorities who work here,” Palomo said, who is Latina. “It feels targeted but who knows.”

Both business owners said nothing like this has happened before but that it’s

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