IT'S BEEN JUST MORE THAN A WEEK SINCE SPOKANE'S M-L-K
JR FAMILY OUTREACH CENTER WAS VANDALIZED WITH A RACIAL
SINCE THEN, THE CENTER SAYS IT'S RECEIVED AN OUTPOURING
OF SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY.
KXLY4'S DREW REEVES PAID A VISIT TODAY, AND LEARNED
HATE WILL NOT STOP THEIR MISSION.
Whoever painted a racial slur on the side of the MLK
center's building may have been trying to create fear
in this community, but the center says they actually
did just the opposite.
FREDA GANDY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
It's just been amazing how the community has rallied
behind us and definitely sent the message that we're
going to stand up against hate.
THROUGH SOCIAL SERVICES.
THE CENTER IS A PLACE FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES TO FEEL
BUT LAST WEEK SOMEONE TRIED TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM
WHEN EMPLOYEES ARRIVED LAST TUESDAY.
THEY FOUND THE N-WORD PAINTED ON THEIR BUILDING.
I was really angry that someone would do that to our
building, and I felt a little moment of discouragement.
BUT THE DISCOURAGEMENT DIDN'T LAST LONG.
THE COMMUNITY WAS RALLYING BEHIND THE CENTER.
OFFERING WHATEVER THEY COULD.
We've just had an increase in people wanting to volunteer,
people wanting to take tours and learn more about
our services and programs.
Our financial support increased.
LAST TUESDAY COMMUNITY MEMBERS TOOK TURNS PAINTING
OVER THE RACIAL SLUR.
BUT WHEN FREDA LOOKS AT THE WALL NOW.
SHE SAYS IT'S HARD NOT TO SEE WHAT WAS ONCE THERE.
I think about the people that came out that day in
support of us and just took a paintbrush and painted
it off and then I try to think about that a lot more
than I do the word that was actually written on the
On this space, the MLK center is now looking for a
local artist to paint a beautiful mural over where
that racial slur once was.
Reporting in Spokane.
Drew Reeves, KXLY 4 News.