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Homeowner: Those who painted racial slurs need 'prayer'

Posted May 26, 2008
Updated May 27, 2008

— A southeastern Wake County woman was back home Monday after finding racial slurs and obscenities scribbled across her house over the weekend.

Authorities said the incident happened late Saturday, prompting the homeowner, Veronica Brown, and her four children to stay with relatives for a couple of days.

“I was so mad. I mean, I cried. I was mad, but I know, like my mother told me, people like this you pray for,” Brown said.

Brown said she believes the vandals are teenage girls targeting her 13-year-old daughter.

"It's very sad, very, very sad for people to do this. Children, where they learned it from, I do not know," she added.

"They're not taking a strike at one family. They're taking a strike at a whole community," said Dorothy Smith, who lives next door to the Trouble Road home that had been vandalized.

Neighbor Terry Williams said he couldn't believe when he drove by and saw the n-word and slurs like "monkey" scratched out on Brown's home.

"I didn't think anything like that was going on around here," Williams said. "(When) something like that happens, I mean, that affects the whole neighborhood, and it really bothered me. I didn't think it was like that. I thought it was over with. We don't do that anymore."

“I was so scared at one time, I was thinking about moving. I was thinking about selling my house, and I’ve only been here since September,” Brown said.

Wake County Sheriff's Office investigators and neighbors said they suspect the vandals are teens, possibly from outside the subdivision. Other nearby homes under construction were previously vandalized, but none had racial slurs written on them, authorities said.

Smith called the neighborhood, which is predominantly African-American, respectful and friendly.

"I don't know why it would be happening," she said. "This is very childish."

"I can't believe that in this day and age," Williams said. "(It has) to be kids."


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  • many moons May 27, 2008

    If it is acceptable for blacks to use the word then the same should be true for all.
    Not all blacks accept it by any group of people .Lets get right.(shaking head)

  • iamforjustice May 27, 2008

    If it is acceptable for blacks to use the word then the same should be true for all.

    Operative words..."acceptable for Blacks"...it has a totally different meaning when white people use that word. And by the way people...there are other cultures in this world who have special words amongst them also that no one outside of their culture can use. You can call a person a name and it is derogatory from you and a term of endearment from their own. You call them that word and you can get shot and killed or beat down and killed.

  • gnew46 May 27, 2008

    I hope the people who committed this senseless act will be caught and dealt with accordingly with the rod, apologies to all of the victims and made to clean up the mess they made of this lady's home in broad daylight.

  • enigma1469 May 27, 2008

    If it is acceptable for blacks to use the word then the same should be true for all.

  • iamforjustice May 27, 2008

    WRAL is not trying to promote racism...you all are saying idiotic things like it shouldn't be reported. Yes it should be reported and the perps should be punished. Rap has nothing to do with hatred and it never has since its conception. I really despise racist people. By the way...name one rap song that promoted racism and incited hatred.

  • bronzegoddess40 May 27, 2008

    To say that black and white kids do not hang out together is a statement from someone who has their head stuck where the sun don't shine. I see kids of all races hanging out together all the time. I think that it is great that they can look beyond skin color and appreciate each other and have fun unlike some of the folks on here do.

  • ljcs357 May 27, 2008

    These same people will sway with the groove and smile with the rap about some neighborhood Ho and the gang, wanting to kill the fuss or abuse some local gal sexually. I just don't buy it.

    LOL...You my friend are rambling.

  • NCMOMof3 May 27, 2008

    if it were my kids that had done this, I'd be praying for them. Praying is Biblical. As is not sparing the rod to spoil the child. My granny could sure pray as she spared not the rod and she taught me well. So yeah, pray and spare not the rod at the same time.

  • Arkansas Razorback May 27, 2008

    Well put Georgia Tech

  • Jax is proud to be an American May 27, 2008

    What happened to this family is atrocious and uncalled for. This family shouldnt have to go through this. In this day in age stuff like this should not be happening. We should be past this and working towards better lives than on being mean and hateful. I agree with the mother that these children need prayer. However, I think they need more than that. Like a strong hand to show them what they did was wrong. They need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They need to know that what they did will not be accepted and that in real life that is not how you should behave.