Sen. Archambault Condemns Racist Graffiti in Smithfield


STATE HOUSE — Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) issued a statement today condemning racist graffiti that was discovered on part of a Route 116 bridge that spans the Woonasquatucket River.

“It’s extremely upsetting and offensive to see this type of hatred in a town that prides itself on being welcoming and inclusive,” said Senator Archambault. “This type of behavior is not to be tolerated in any way and is certainly not indicative of the people of Smithfield, who I am sure join me in condemning the graffiti. It’s certainly heart-wrenching that it comes on the heels of a call for national unity from our new president. But it’s a stark reminder that hate still exists in the most unlikely places and we must stay vigilant in combating it with zero tolerance.”

The graffiti has been painted over by town highway crews, but Senator Archambault urges other officials to use the incident as an opportunity to speak out against hatred and intolerance.