Neighbours rally around black family targeted by racist graffiti


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Blair Crawford Dr. Xaviere Kuatr at her home in Gloucester. ‘Life goes on,’ she said after someone painted racist graffiti on her garage door. Photo by Blair Crawford /Postmedia

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The words were as hateful as they were unexpected.

“N—–s, out!”

But the racist message painted in bold black letters on her garage door, hasn’t fazed Dr. Xaviere Kuate and her family.

“It’s just life and life has to go on,” said the 46-year-old family physician and mother of three.

“I’m surprised it happened in the neighbourhood. But I’m not really shocked because I’m black and I know racism exists.”

Kuate and her husband have lived in their house on Merganser Street near the Aviation Parkway for 16 years and it’s the first time they’ve ever been targeted like this, she said.

Kuate was asleep when a neighbour rang the doorbell at 2 a.m. on Saturday to alert the family to the graffiti. The neighbour was too embarrassed to even tell Kuate what it said, but called her out to the driveway to see for herself. The neighbour went home to get cleaning supplies, but the two women couldn’t clean the paint off. Kuate went back to bed since she had to drive her 16-year-old son to a basketball tournament in Toronto.

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