Pumpkin covered in racist messages found in Spokane neighborhood

Pumpkin covered in racist messages found in Spokane neighborhood

A Spokane man called on the community to promote acceptance and overcome hate after he said he found a pumpkin covered in racist slurs and threats near the Finch Arboretum neighborhood.

Greg Stewart-Longhurst said he was walking near Azalea Drive and Rosamond Avenue Thursday when he spotted the pumpkin. He said at first, he didn’t realize what it said, but upon closer inspection, he was shocked by what he found.

The pumpkin was placed very close to the road, causing Stewart-Longhurst to believe the message was intended for a specific person or people, but he doesn’t know exactly who.

“I think we just need to watch out for and take care of each other. It’s a good little neighborhood that does that already, but we need to watch out and make sure that everyone is included in the neighborhood and that we all feel safe there,” Stewart-Longhurst said.

According to Spokane Police Department Officer John O’Brien, there are no suspects in the case yet.