Tenino, WA: A neighborhood in Washington came together to remove racist graffiti from an African-American family’s home. It’s reported that at least 2-dozen volunteers showed up, including the neighborhood police officer and town mayor.
The home had been vandalized while the Phillips family was gone, spending the last few weeks of the summer on a camping trip. The vandals spray-painted “KKK” on the family’s truck, and additional racial slurs on the family’s home and garage.
The effort to clean the graffiti up was organized by a local resident named Heidi Russell through the Thurston County Youth Football League Tenino Beavers football and cheerleading squads. Mr Phillips expressed his thanks for the community’s gesture, which spared his children from having to see the hate-speech, and has stated that he does not believe the Ku Klux Klan was actually responsible, though they received undeserved notoriety for it.
All reports indicate the suspects were never caught, however we’ll provide an update should new reports surface.
In a statement Phillips said:
“No way do I think the people involved in the KKK came over to my home and did what they did. I am 58 years old. I know better. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived it.” In regards to his feelings about the town of Tenino, Phillips continues, “I like Tenino. That’s why I moved here.”
While neighbors were able to remove the graffiti on the house, they were unable to do anything about the Phillips family’s truck, however the local Chevrolet dealership, Sunset Chevrolet, pledged to repair, restore, or even replace the family’s truck if need be. Mayor Wayne Fournier expressed his pride in Tenino for coming together when a member of their community needed them, and indeed they’ve set an example for the entire nation.
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