Fox8 News in High Point, NC reports that, according to the sheriff’s office, Todd Hale discovered graffiti spray painted on the street in front of his business which read, in part, “We are here! KKK.” Other graffiti was too graphic for the news station to show on television.
This incident occurs a week after a Confederate soldiers memorial was vandalized in Reidsville, NC cemetery. That graffiti contained similar wording, such as, “KKK,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Jim Crow,” and “Slavery.” Earlier in July, two other Confederate monuments in uptown Charlotte, NC were also vandalized. (WSCO)
Todd Hale, owner of Clarence Hale Auto Parts in Eden, NC, told investigators that he arrived at work Wednesday morning to find a noose tied to his front gate, graffiti spray painted on the street, and all over an RV parked on the property. The sheriff department investigators also found more graffiti painted on and along the roadway of Cascade Avenue into Virginia crossing the state line.
Hale told Joe Dominguez, of Fox8 News, that the graffiti does not speak for him, and that he’s glad this incident has gained attention because he feels that even neighbors may not know about this.
“The first word to come to my mind would probably be evil…I think stuff should… needs to stop. This need to stop. I mean, nobody shouldn’t have to come and see this… My motivation is get it out and people that’s doing this to stop it. Just don’t do it.”
Facebook response has been varied, according the WDBJ7 News‘ facebook page:
“White supremacists should hang themselves, nothing but scum of the earth.”
“[I] really doubt that the white supremacists did this. I bet the owner or some childish kids did.”
“this is probably the work of some kids acting stupid and need thier butts whooped, just for attention, not all white people are this ignorant!“
“…The hate going on right now was started by our president and the blacks are taking full advantage of it.“
The investigators won’t rule out the possibility that this incident may be linked to the vandalizing of the Confederate soldier memorial in Reidsville last week, but as of yet, there is no evidence linking the two.