Pennsylvania Family Flees Home After Enduring Multiple Anti-Black Crimes
While the conversation over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are simmering down, acts of hate due to skin color is still bubbling in the country.
In Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, a black mother and her 4-year-old daughter have been forced to flee their home after facing several anti-black hate crimes, WTAE reported.
It all began on Wednesday when Courtney Mike-Wilson found the word “nigger” spray painted on her white car. Just a few days later, her daughters dodge balls were slashed flat with a knife and laid on her doormat with a note. She then went on to find her daughter’s toys and bicycle were doused with gasoline.
According to Pitcairn Police Chief, Scott Farally, the crimes were both so “hateful” and “disgusting” that the department is pushing for an FBI investigation, including a hate-crime that’s underway.
In a recent interview with WTAE, Mike-Wilson shared that she already sent her daughter to live with family members, and is in the process of finding a new safe haven to call home after the numerous threats. She also divulged that she’s afraid to tell her daughter what’s going on.
“She can’t walk to the park anymore,” she said. “She can’t go to the day care. I don’t tell her what’s going on. I’d rather she not be scared, but it’s hard to come up with first and last month rent so quickly, especially when you think you’re going to be somewhere for a while.”