Monday, June 7, 2010

Racist graffiti mars Hispanic and African-American families' homes in Madison

Brian Haas of the Tennessean reports here on the race-tinged trespass and property damage:

Carla Gordon always felt welcome in her Madison neighborhood. That is, until Wednesday morning, when she walked outside to find "KKK" and a Nazi swastika painted on her driveway.

"Honestly, it's really, really scary," said Gordon, 49, who is black and works for the Tennessee Department of Labor. "I remember telling people that in all of my 49 years I've never experienced outright racism, let alone hate. This is my first experience with that."

Metro police are investigating two possible hate crimes in the neighborhood, one at Gordon's house and more graffiti at a Hispanic neighbor's home two houses down, which had identical messages painted on a car.
Haas also reports that there were only 16 hate crimes in all of Davidson County in 2009.

Read the full article here.

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