Racist graffiti angers Ottawa’s black community

Ottawa’s black community is reacting with anger and disgust after a family’s home was spray-painted with racist graffiti over the weekend.

Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone left the message “N–gers, out!” scrawled in black letters on the garage door of a home on Merganser Street, near the Aviation Parkway and Montreal Road, east of the core.

We really need to combat racism, call it what it is, and say that this is not going to be tolerated.- Coun. Rawlson King

In their initial response to CBC on Tuesday, police told CBC the call for service regarded “mischief to property related to graffiti,” and that they had closed the case because there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

That’s despite widespread condemnation from community members and elected officials, including the area’s city councillor, Rawlson King, who said he met with the homeowners on Monday.   

Coun. Rawlson King says racism is still an unfortunate reality for many in Ottawa’s black community. 0:31

“Somebody who lives in their home, especially when they’ve lived there for 16 years, should feel safe in their home and in their community, and it shouldn’t be tolerated at all,” said King, who was elected in a byelection last month and is Ottawa city council’s first black member. 

On Twitter, King called the vandalism a “cowardly act of hatred.”

This message was spray-painted on the home of a black family. (Supplied)

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