When Reshod Johnson of Jacksonville, Ark., swung by his workplace to pick up chairs for his 3-year-old son's birthday, he had no idea the vandalism that would take place over the span of 15 minutes, effectively destroying the exterior of his car.
It wasn't just any graffiti: It was a targeted hate crime featuring racist slang by two white men in a red pickup truck.
"I just don't understand it,” Johnson said to THV11. “I don't do anything to hurt anybody. I don’t go out looking for trouble. We're supposed to have advanced past this and to serve the country and to serve for everyone and to fight for rights and freedom for everyone, and for this to happen, it's like a slap in the face and makes you wonder for what."
A passerby took photos of the incident and posted them to Facebook:
The caption reads,
So, as I'm pulling into the gas station I spotted a young man probably about 23 or 24 sitting in his car... Well let's just say I spotted the car first...well as I begin to read what was written on his car I begin to cry... Because, for 1 this is someone's child, for 2 I have sons, and for 3 I just wondered what this child had done to someone for them to be so, evil to do this to him... He rolled down his window and asked me if I was ok...at this point I was balling... I shook my head yes and he begin to tell me that he didn't know y someone wld do this because, he stays to himself, goes to work, and takes care of his son..... All while he's talking I just crying... I had to cut him off...because, the truth of the matter is nothing that this man could have possibly done should EVER warrant this type of reaction. Now I know everyone likes to tiptoe around the whole Racism doesn't exist anymore... But, this proves that its alive and well... And is no longer done in private. Its uncut raw and in your face!
The men took Johnson's belongings, which were in the car, and scattered them alongside the road.
"I still don't know if I have everything yet," Johnson said.
The two perpetrators ran off when Johnson spotted them stealing and went to confront them. "They threw a bunch of it on the side of the freeway," Johnson said.
Johnson, a full-time student, will not let his son in the car.
"It's a 2006 [Nissan]. I mean, it's just the point that I bought it myself, and I have taken care of it all this time," he said.
How does this keep happening?
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