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POSTED DATE: 10.10.16

Response to Brandywine Country Club Vandalism

Friends and fellow citizens,
We write to you as owner of the Brandywine Country Club property in Wilmington. As you may know, vandals recently defaced and defiled that property with manifestations of hate, intimidation and ignorance. Specifically, depictions of a swastika, a racial epithet, a pentagram and a lewd image were spray-painted on the front exterior of the clubhouse facility.
Promptly after learning of the act, we had the hateful graffiti removed and are now in the process of implementing enhanced measures to safeguard the unoccupied property. The overall property is sprawling and conveniently situated to hit-and-run trespass. Though its physical characteristics and unoccupied state present security challenges, we nonetheless sincerely offer our apologies to the extent our response to the incident was viewed as tardy.
We continue to work with the police both in relation to the incident itself and with respect to future prevention. We welcome as well reasonable, law-abiding and good-hearted assistance from the surrounding community. In that regard, we invite you to contact us at (302) 429-8700 without delay should you see or hear of any further vandalism or other transgressions occurring on the property. We believe that the honorable many, acting together, can and will transcend the misguided few.
Please be assured that such expressions of hate and intolerance – whether or not they may technically constitute free speech under applicable law – are unacceptable to us, as an organization deeply rooted in the Wilmington community, and as human beings. We unequivocally reject and condemn such acts and symbols and the views that give rise to them.
Imagery and speech like that expressed in this incident, and indeed imagery or speech in any form that aims to threaten or degrade based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, political or social views, or any other characteristic, quite simply have no place in this world. As an organization, in our business practices, and as individuals, we respect and demand inclusion of all members of society.
Truly, incidents such as this one represent an offense against the whole of our community. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We likewise believe that, and we trust you do too.
Thank you and best wishes,

The Louis J. Capano Family of Companies

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