Tuesday, June 19, 2018

On Juneteenth, Michigan activist wakes up to N-word spray-painted on his car

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 3:09 PM

click to enlarge A Vienna Township activist reportedly woke up to the N-word spray painted across his truck on Juneteenth, the holiday to commemorate the end of slavery. - FACEBOOK, JIQUANDA JOHNSON
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  • A Vienna Township activist reportedly woke up to the N-word spray painted across his truck on Juneteenth, the holiday to commemorate the end of slavery.

Racism is real, says Jiquana Johnson.

Its presence was evident in the driveway of her step-father's home near Clio this morning, where vandals had spray-painted his truck with several swastikas and the words "NIGGER," and "WITE PRIDE [sic]."

In a Facebook video surveying the damage, Johnson describes her step-dad as an activist "who protests and is very outspoken about racism and white supremacy." The vandalism was discovered today, on Juneteenth — a holiday to commemorate the end of slavery.

"If anyone knows my dad he's always out there boots on the ground, mentoring youth, he's very selfless ... and this is what he's dealing with today," Johnson says in the video. At one point, she focuses the camera on a "Hugs for Unity" sign stuck in the front lawn of her parents' home.

Johnson says this isn't the first time her parents have been the victims of racism. Her mother, she says, has dealt with confederate flags and been called the N-word.

"No one has come onto their property and vandalized their stuff until now," she says. "But I guess at the end of the day, this is what we're dealing with. This is what racism is, it exists. Wake up, know it, believe it."

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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