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Racist graffiti painted on Moore bridges, signs

Posted July 9, 2015

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— Moore County deputies were investigating Thursday who painted racist, profane graffiti on three bridges over U.S. Highway 1 near Vass.

A driver, Jamie Jones, shared photos with WRAL News, showing the words "F*** N****** KKK" on one of the bridges.

Sheriff Neil Godfrey said the graffiti was found on U.S. 1 overpasses at N.C. Highway 24/27, Atkins Road and James Street. Close to a dozen traffic signs near the traffic circle on N.C. Highway 22, near Sandhills Community College, also were vandalized, officials said.

State Department of Transportation crews painted over the graffiti on the bridge rails and roadways, and other crews replaced most of the targeted signs. DOT spokeswoman Ginny Tyson Inman said the agency is making new directional signs for the traffic circle to point drivers toward Carthage, Pinehurst and Sandhills Community College.

Resident Jamie Jones said she nearly cried when she saw the graffiti while driving on U.S. 1.

"I didn't think it would be this close to home. It's sad that this is what we have to live in, live through," Jones said. "You would think ... you wouldn't have to worry about this because it's a quiet, pretty quiet, town. Nothing happens, and then, next thing you know, you wake up one morning and all this is going on."

She said she believes the graffiti is in retaliation for "Black Lives Matter" being spray-painted on three Confederate memorials – two in Durham and one on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus – in the past week.

Chief Deputy Gerrell Seawell said it was pure speculation to link the graffiti to what happened to the Confederate memorials or even the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C.

"It could be the totality of all the circumstances going on and what’s been going on in the media all these weeks," Seawell said.

Jones said she worries about the current racial climate in the country.

"I feel like it's all just going down hill pretty much," she said. "We all need to come together as one. This is just unacceptable."

Moore County Manager Wayne Vest said the vandals don't speak for everyone in the county.

"That is not representative of Moore County. It's not representative of the people who live here," Vest said.

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  • Gen Lee Jul 10, 2015
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    It probably was.

  • Mike C Jul 10, 2015
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    I will laugh my tail off if this turns out to be the work of some blacks

  • Gen Lee Jul 10, 2015
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    Well that is what the media is about. whenever someone refers to black people (crime against blacks) it is automatic racism.

  • Craig Allen Jul 10, 2015
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    Funny.....WRAL calling this racist yet they have absolutely no idea who did it. It could be another Duke noose story where the perp was black or it could have been done by a KKK member. Calling this "racist graffiti" instead of simply "graffiti" is presumptuous, assuming, and only promotes racial division.

  • Bob Goulet Jul 10, 2015
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    Evidently Kenny... You don't understand... I guess it's only a crime if You deem it to be a crime??? Both instances of someone placing graffiti are wrong(on Confederate Monuments or the one in this article). I condone neither. It's just funny wouldn't you say,,, That the one this article is about is a hate crime and the other isn't?? I guess the Confederate Memorials were defaced because they dont for some reason "hate" them or why they are there?? Please,,,Please explain?? Betcha can't.....

  • Shane Taylor Jul 10, 2015
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    This is what I love about this place...I can come here, drink my coffee, and watch WRAL users rip each other apart over opinions...OPINIONS. Thanks for the morning entertainment!

  • Kenny Dunn Jul 9, 2015
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    Calling out the race of the reporter always gets my attention and you did do that. I guess that was my point. There is no reason to go down that path unless you are a bigot.

  • Hinton James Jul 9, 2015
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    No, unless you can be more specific please on what about that quote you consider as attacking instead of just posting one-liners. I'm pointing out the fact when that same reporter does a story earlier on a monument to white people is defaced with pro-black graffiti it's just reported as vandalism, but when anti-black graffiti is found on a bridge it becomes both vandalism and racism. Food for thought like everything else on here, take it with a grain of salt.

  • Kenny Dunn Jul 9, 2015
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    It sounds link you are attacking the reporter based on their race. Did I get that right?

  • Kenny Dunn Jul 9, 2015
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    I suspect you are, at least, a bigot.

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