Racist graffiti, slashed tires found on Vienna Township couple's truck
VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Vienna Township couple woke up to a shocking scene of vandalism Tuesday morning. Racist graffiti was found scrawled across their truck.
Hubert Roberts truck was vandalized in his driveway with a racial slur, Nazi swastika and 'wite [sic] pride.' The vehicle’s tires were also slashed. The FBI, along with local law enforcement, is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
When he first saw the racist graffiti, Roberts said he called the Genesee County Sheriffs Department.
Roberts said, "As I walked around it I really became very angry and disappointed and I was filled with rage".
Roberts called it a hate crime, but he said the FBI told him it didn't rise to that level. It is a crime and the Genesee County Sheriff is investigating.
The tires of his truck were also slashed in the incident.
Roberts was sleeping when a neighbor called him and told him of the vandalism.
That graffiti included a racial slur, the words ‘wite pride’, swastikas and red laces, which are associated with white supremacist groups.
While Roberts was shocked and disappointed, he does not believe the perpetrators should be arrested.
Roberts said, "I don't want them to go to jail or anything I want them to confront me."
He considers himself an activist and mentor. He wants to sit down and talk with the perpetrators.
He also said he’d been subjected to racial verbal harassment from someone driving by his home.
Vienna Township Supervisor Joe Rizk said, “It’s a distasteful act against our friends and neighbors.”
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
When his daughter, Jiquinda Johnson, put it on Facebook, it received more than 2,500 comments.
Johnson, who's a journalist and publisher of flintbeat.com, feels the media should do more on how racism is real and isn't going away.
Johnson said, "We've received so much support. People driving down the street giving us hugs, and having conversation about this whole issue of racism."
The Michigan Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, offered $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.