SPOKANE, Wash. - Community members stood in unity today with the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center.
"This type of hatred will not be tolerated in our community. It doesn't matter what our political views are," said Freda Gandy, the center's executive director.
This morning, employees of the center found the "n-word" spray painted on the building.
At a press conference today, community leaders came together to speak out against this kind of hatred.
"It is not new. It is not because a new president was elected. This has been going on for years. And the community, our country, needs to wake up," said Spokane NAACP President Phil Tyler.
News spread quickly in the neighborhood that surrounds the MLK Center.
"I was really surprised and shocked and I'm sad that it's happening in our city." said Debby Golonka.
Debby Golonka lives nearby. She said she's heard of other hateful incidents in the news since the election.
"Unfortunately, I think it's a reaction to president elect trump being elected," she said.
But down the street... Sandra says she hopes today's graffiti isn't related to the election.
"I think it's bad timing, but I hope people don't take it as another reason to choose sides and be against each other," she said.
She says she believes some people are responding with hate on both sides of the aisle.
Both women said coming together is the best thing to do to support their neighbors who are hurting.
"They all came together and showed support and painted over it and that shows love, and just supporting one another and that shows love," she said.
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