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Granville County Man's Vehicles Spray Painted With Racial Slurs

Posted November 26, 2007

— A Granville County man returned home from the Thanksgiving holiday to find racial slurs spray painted on two of his vehicles.

Ralph Bowman said a pickup truck and bus parked behind his house were covered in offensive language and symbols, written with green spray paint. One slogan proclaimed "KKK 4 Life."

"It's the words they used, that is all, it's the words that they used,” Bowman said that upsets him the most.

He moved the vehicles to his front yard, he said, to teach his community about hate.

"By bringing it out like this, it allows everyone the opportunity to see,” Bowman said. “We got somebody that needs some help."

Similar slogans and symbols were spray painted on another family's garage door. That house belongs to the only other black family on the street, Bowman said.

Bowman had just finished painting the bus. He planned on using it to transport area children to church on Sunday.

The Granville County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, and deputies said they already have a few good leads.

If you have any information that could help, you are asked to call investigators at 919-693-3213.

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  • TechRescue Nov 27, 2007

    Wow... So much hatred - by both blacks and whites on this thread. Yes, there have been cases where racial graffiti turned out to have been done by blacks who wanted to appear victimized, but to automatically group this as one of them is ignorant at the very least.

    And the posts alluding that all white people hate all black people - again, at the very least ignorance, at worst racism in it's own right.

    I have to agree with some posters that we'll always have racism - the automatic victim mentality and the assumption that nothing changes by some, coupled with suspicion and automatic assignment of guilt by some others assures it.

    However, the rest of us, black and white, will try to keep moving forward and making things better for all of us in the future. Our apologies if our disregard for your narrow-minded views (on both sides) makes you feel inadequate.

  • Weetie Nov 27, 2007

    What a nasty thing to do! People need to leave other people alone and take care of their own problems AND business.

  • zeitghost Nov 27, 2007

    It never ceases to amaze me that it never ceases to amaze me that this still happens. I should have learned by now that people are base and mean and stupid.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Nov 27, 2007

    gopanthers....that is the most honest comment I have read yet. We as a country have made no progress. Unfortuantely you can't erase the past and you can't change a mans heart and these actions that are racially motivated across the board are fueled by generations of hatred bloodlines. So to be honest racism wil never go away...it's how we deal with it and toleratae it that will make the difference.

  • haggis basher Nov 27, 2007

    nasty stupid thing to do. Folks like that give the south a bad name. BTW I don't like the "caucasion" nonsense either. This classification for "white" people is a nasty left over from a racist thinking that ended up with Hitlers insanities. I'm Scots and I don't give a monkeys what shade folks are. If we really have to be able describe what shade a suspect is for instance perhaps we could use Pantone numbers....I'm about #1555 :)

  • GLAMlife Nov 27, 2007

    I agree with you 100% tonedout...stop making excuses!!!!

  • Beeyatcchh Nov 27, 2007

    Who knows if it's racism? I'm sure all on here and in the viewing area must think it has to be white folks. What if, it was black folks who did this???

  • rafiki Nov 27, 2007

    Those are some low class people that have nothing better to do but stay bitter over people that are successful.

  • Nov 27, 2007

    I feel bad this has happened. Hopefully, those responsible will have to answer for their actions.

  • duster 340 Nov 27, 2007

    Pray for the ones who are doing this and also the victim of this crime !

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