It’s disgusting when anyone is attacked with racism and hate, but it’s especially sickening when the people who risk their lives for America’s freedoms are targeted.
Officials at Fort Hood military post are investigating the vandalism of a soldier’s car, which was defaced with a racial slur while parked at the Killeen, Texas, base two days before Christmas, The Root reports.
United States Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Charlot was reportedly preparing to leave Killeen and head to his hometown of Houston for the holidays. Before starting his journey, he received a call that his 2009 Nissan Sentra had been vandalized.
Charlot discovered the words “Die n***er” scrawled across the side of his car and all four of his tires slashed. The car was also broken into, and the interior had been doused in gasoline.
“It makes me feel disgruntled, unwanted — that the America I love isn’t the same anymore,” Charlot told local reporters. “It’s disheartening, if you will. It’s an older car and was having some issues, so it had been sitting there for a while.”
Charlot’s friend, John Martinez, launched a GoFundMe campaign for him which had raised nearly $5,000 of its $10,000 goal at the time of writing.
“My best friend is a soldier in the U.S. Army and has worked extremely hard to protect our freedom,” Martinez wrote on the campaign description.
“Although racism still exists in this country, I never thought I would realize this kind of hatred personally,” Martinez continued. “I can’t imagine the emotions my best friend is experiencing, but my hope is to raise enough money for him to purchase a new vehicle since his insurance will not cover such an incident.”
Typically, something like this would come as a shock, but it’s become very apparent that President-elect Donald Trump has emboldened the bigots of this country. This event is simply an addition to the laundry list of run-ins with racism people of color are enduring.
Sadly, not even the people who protect us day in and day out are exempt from this despicable mistreatment.
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