AS WE TOLD YOU AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR--
THE COMMUNITY IS RALLYING BEHIND THE MARTIN LUTHER
FAMILY OUTREACH CENTER.
AFTER EMPLOYEES FOUND A RACIAL SLUR PAINTED ON THE
KXLY4'S GRACE DITZLER HAS MORE FOR US ON HOW NEIGHBORS
ARE TAKING THE NEWS
THEY TELL ME THEY'RE SHOCKED AND SADDENED THIS WOULD
HAPPEN IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD
COMMUNITY MEMBERS STOOD IN UNITY TODAY WITH THE MARTIN
LUTHER KING JUNIOR FAMILY OUTREACH CENTER.
:37 - :45
FREDA GANDY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This type of hatred will not be tolerated in our community.
It doesn't matter what our political views are.
*clapping* W10 23
THIS MORNING, EMPLOYEES OF THE CENTER FOUND THE N-WORD
SPRAY PAINTED ON THE BUILDING.
:25 - :38
PHIL TYLER/NAACP PRESIDENT
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.
NEWS SPREAD QUICKLY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT SURROUNDS
THE MLK CENTER.
debby golonka - NEIGHBOR
i was really surprised and shocked and i'm sad that
it's happening in our city.
DEBBY GOLONKA SAYS 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 :6W13 22
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 :8W14 22
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 :9W15 22
.I SPOKE TO ANOTHER NEIGHBOR WHO SAYS HE SENT HIS
CHILDREN TO PRESCHOOL AT THE MLK CENTER SPECIFICALLY
BECAUSE IT IS SO DIVERSE, AND HE SAYS A LOT OF PARENTS
WILL NOW HAVE THE DIFFICULT CONVERSATION ABOUT THE
N-WORD AND ITS CONNOTATIONS.
THE M-L-K CENTER SAYS IT DID ITS BEST TO MAKE TODAY
AS NORMAL AS IT COULD FOR THE CHILDREN.
LEADERS SAY THEY WANT THIS TO BE A PLACE WHERE FAMILIES
AND CHILDREN FEEL SAFE.
AND THEY WON'T LET THE ACTS OF WHOEVER DID THIS STOP
THEM FROM THAT MISSION.
REPORTING IN STUDIO GRACE DITZLER KXLY 4 NEWS.