Authorities in Pinellas Park, Florida are reporting that a serial vandal has been targeting residents in the community and spray painting racist messages on their homes and cars.
According to the Pinellas Park Police, at least seven properties have been vandalized in the Ciega Village neighborhood. Recently Wayne Scott, 51, became the victim of the imbecile with a can of spray paint while he was out of town. Scott, an African-American veteran, was visiting his mother in Virginia when his house was hit. His neighbor, Jamal Clark woke up on Tuesday morning and saw a racist message painted on Scott’s home. It read:
“Dumb n*gger black lives matter for target practice.”
Clark said the message was “all about hate” and asked police to not paint over the message for a few days:
“I think the message should stand. I think it should stay there for a little while so that the community knows what’s going on,” he said. “So, it’s not just isolated to the few people… that are being targeted.”
The police said they would prefer it is removed so that it does not invite copycats or spread the vandal’s hateful message. But, it’s not just black families being targeted. Last week, a 60-year-old white man found “impeach Obama stupid n-word” spray painted on his car door and police say other messages range from racist epithets to things like “clean up your yard.”
Neighbor Kristen Gericke said that she’s happy the police covered up the graffiti so that kids do not have to see it on their way to school:
“I’m glad it’s been fixed because right here is a bus stop with 20 kids and I don’t want my kids seeing those words,” she said. “I personally feel like it’s somebody that lives in our neighborhood that knows where everybody lives.”
It’s really sad that we live in a country where people are still so incredibly racist and ignorant. This poor man went to visit his elderly mother and this happened to his home. Even though at least one of the victims is white, the message that was left for him was clearly meant to target black people. The right likes to claim that we are now living in a “post-racial America,” but does this look like a racism-free America to you?