It’s horrendous enough when innocent people’s homes are targeted with racist and hateful vandalism, but to disrespect the deceased takes the issue to a whole new level.
A library that was named after Charleston Church shooting victim Cynthia Hurd was defaced with racist and homophobic graffiti.
According to Raw Story, the Cynthia Graham Hurd St. Andrews Library was just one of several locations in West Ashley, South Carolina that was targeted over the weekend.
Hurd was the manager of the library before she was killed by white supremacist Dylann Roof in the racially-driven 2015 massacre. In honor of her, the library changed its name.
The unidentified vandals spray painted, “Go to hell black woman, f**k crackers, and f**k da police” on the library. Derogatory messages directed at white people, Hispanics, and LGBT folks were scrawled at other sites as well.
“We were disappointed to see that someone would deface a cherished public institution such as our library,” Natalie Hauff, a media relations coordinator with Charleston County, reportedly told the Charleston Post and Courier.
Investigators are reportedly looking into whether the same culprits were responsible for the vandalism at the various locations.
“There’s no place for this sort of deplorable act in our community,” Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl told the Post and Courier. “Our libraries are places of education and growth for children, and we’ll assist law enforcement in any way possible.”
It is utterly disgusting that people continue to perpetuate the same racist and divisive ideology that led to Hurd and the other victims losing their lives in the first place.
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