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Black Family Says It Fled OC Racism

The reported harassment of a lawman's family demonstrates the need for more outreach, an Orange County commission says.

SAN CLEMENTE, CA -- The Orange County Human Relations Commission pledged new efforts to reach out to black people throughout the county following allegations of racism.

A family of four, led by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and Inglewood police officer, said it moved out of Yorba Linda last month because of repeated acts of racism.

The father, an Inglewood policeman, requested anonymity for his family's safety before telling City News Service about encountering problems after the family moved to Yorba Linda in May 2011.

"A few months after we moved in, someone threw rocks through the front window of our home and punctured the tires on both of our vehicles,'' he said.

His adult son was the target of racial epithets while riding his bike to work at a Home Depot.

``People driving by would say, `Go home, n-----,'' the man said.

Carol Turpen, chairwoman of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, sent a letter to the family Tuesday saying her organization would do "special outreach to the African American community.''

"We plan to share your story with others in order to make the good people of Orange County understand that some people in our community are being harassed due to their race or other inherent aspect of their being and that we are not comfortable when this happens, nor will we avert our eyes to avoid hate in our community when we see it,'' Turpen wrote. “We are committed to wipe out hate within the OC.''

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has also been told about the family's experiences, Turpen added. And the commission will relay the family's story at an upcoming meeting of the Yorba Linda City Council, Turpen said.

No Evidence of Hate Crime

When Brea police, who also patrol Yorba Linda, responded to the family's first report of vandalism, officers said they could not label it a hate crime because there was no evidence it was racially motivated, the father said.

"I said, `OK, that's cool,' but could you step up some patrol in the area,'' he recalled.

In October, as the father was pulling his car into the driveway, someone shot or threw pellets of acid at the vehicle, he said.

``That really got me kind of messed up,'' he said. ``Either they had to be hiding in the bushes or one of my neighbors did it because we lived in a cul de sac.''

Again, Brea police told him they found no evidence of a hate crime, the man said.

He told officers it seemed unlikely someone with a grudge from his beat in Inglewood would follow him all the way home and vandalize his car.

``If they wanted to get me they'd do it while I was on duty,'' the man said.

Because he worked a night shift, he often worried about his family while on duty, he said. "I kept expecting to get a call,'' he said.

``What really got me was when my 6-year-old asked me, `Daddy, why does a guy at school say he can't play with me because I'm black?' '' the man said. But the principal of the boy's school satisfied the parents by pledging to use the incident to teach racial tolerance in the school, the man said.

In October, the family moved to Corona, which seemed much more welcoming, the man said. "We had five neighbors come over and welcome us to the neighborhood.''

The man said he didn't encounter any racial hostility when he lived in Anaheim or Brea.

OC Human Relations has done work in communities throughout the county, sometimes in the wake of gang violence, other times in neighborhoods identified as in-need by city governments or non-profits, as in the case of San Clemente in the wake of the District Attorney's gang injunction in areas of the town. OC Human Relations organizers were instrumental in

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Do you think this incident was an anomaly or symptomatic of a larger problem in Orange County?

Damen Post November 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM
OokOokMonkey should read OokOokIdiot. He's a typical example of what's wrong with racist inbred-yes,definitely inbred "people" (I barely want to call him even a person. He is not a human being. Even his parents, who are no doubt brother and sister, probably are worse but still agree)in this country. Thank God that our group coming up can watch the last of those degenerates like him take their last breathes and all die out! What a Happy Day that will be!
Charli Eaton November 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Really many of the posts on this thread were horrifyingly racist...goes to show you people will reveal their true colors in anonymity. You like to hope that we have evolved further than that as a species and then you read posts like these and realize many of us are still Neandertals at heart. The most amazing part is that there is no such thing as race....it is purely a social construct with no basis in biology whatsoever. We are all commonly descended from East Africa. I have to wonder....if we were attacked by space aliens how fast would we all decide to stick together in the face of a common enemy? Seriously people, we need to get rid of that tired old racist rhetoric and wake up to reality. We all share this planet and so will our kids and grandkids. Even if you don't care about yourself how about leaving a better world to the kids? Don'r we owe them that? People are the same all over the world. All any of us want is to be safe and comfortable and able to live in freedom. I hope those of you who wrote the nasty racist rants will think about what you have said and how you would feel if you were treated the way you treat others. One of these days you just might have to answer to a greater power for what you have said and done in this life. Can you do it?
Thomas November 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM
A white guy in a black neighborhood. And FYI people BLACKS are th most racist people in the world.
Trisha Jones November 26, 2012 at 01:01 AM
As the wife of a black man and the mother of a biracial child, the racist comments on this thread scare me. My husband is a college educated, successful business man from Compton, CA. He has never been arrested and is a valued member of our community here in Orange County. He gives more money in charitable contributions each year than many people even make. Compton's crime rate increased dramatically in the 80's with the introduction of crack cocaine. HOWEVER, with the hard work of the members of the community (working WITH police), they have been able to decrease violent crimes by 30% in 10 years. s a mother, I must tell you that my son means the world to me (surprise right? :) and the thought that anyone would judge him by the color of his skin tears me apart. How would YOU feel to think that these ignorant racist comments were geared toward the people that you love most in the world? With all that said... this happened recently and just goes to show you that kids are smarter then us old folks. :) Me: "Son, you need to brush your teeth better or they will turn yellow". My Son: "Mom, you shouldn't judge me by the color of my skin OR the color of my teeth"
Thomas November 26, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I am not a racist. My two bet friends in my whole life are black. There are family members (relatives) in who are black and bi-racial. Martin Luther King JR once said "That the scariet thing he ever experienced was walking in a BLACK neighborhood at night and hearing footsteps. And the biggest relief was turning around and seeing that they were WHITE!" Sounds pretty racist towards his own people.
Thomas November 26, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I lived in a town in Montana, pop 800. White only, no blacks, no hispanice, no mixed race people, no welfare people, just white farmers. The town was over 100 yrs old. There had never been an abduction, a bank robbery, or a murder. I wonder why? Just can't imagine.....hhhmmmmm!
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Charli Eaton, HOORAY FOR YOU! I couldn't have said it better myself! If you notice it's always the undereducated and un successful people who are the most racist and bigoted. In addition, take a good look at the states that are most prejudice. It's a good indication of the level of people and education who influence the children! You would have thought that the level of ignorance would have improved over the years, but I guess dumb is forever!
Trisha Jones November 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
DO you really think that was simply because of the color of their skin? OR maybe the fact that in a small town like that, you couldn't get away with much since everyone knows everyone? Maybe they went to another town to abduct, rob and murder? lol Sad to see you perpetuating the stereotype that people from the midwest are racists. oh well, I guess I will just have to pre-judge people from Montana now.
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
It's always those who have to say they aren't racist, who end up being the most racist. Your comments above prove your ignorance and your bigotry. It would be no better if I said that since you come from the country, you must sleep with your mother and sister! Doesn't sound so good does it! Food for thought.
Trisha Jones November 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Since MLK was killed by a white man, I'm assuming he would recant that statement. lol
Trisha Jones November 26, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Well written Charli. Scary to think that the racist comments on here are written by the people who bag our groceries, take our drive thru orders, and even ride their bike home to their parents houses through our neighborhoods.
Charli Eaton November 26, 2012 at 01:48 AM
First of all I don't believe MLK ever made a statement like that. Second of all Thomas you are just a moron, you really are. Do you expect us to believe that you have black friends? uh uh buddy, I ain't buying that one. You are a card carrying dyed in the wool racist who would never socialize with anyone of another color. As for your Montana town, what a crock! Most serial killers are white, Wall Street is white, please spare me your twisted logic. You are just plain clueless and have no business posting anything because you don't know your tail end from a hole in the ground.
Thomas November 26, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I never said that it was because of only white people being there. You racists people put those words into my mouth.
Thomas November 26, 2012 at 01:54 AM
And I don't care what anyone believes. Yes my 2 best friends ever are black, we have black in our relatives tree, and we have mixed relatives (white and black).
Thomas November 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
And yes MLK did say that. Also Malcome X stated that dark skin blcks should KILL light skin blacke because the light skin blacks are not TRUE blacks! sounds pretty raists to me.
Charli Eaton November 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Trisha, thank you. As it happens I am also white (age 64) and the Mom of three biracial daughters. I don't have much patience with ignorance anymore and I guess I never really did. You just have to consider the source and be glad we live in an era where we did not have to marry one of those nasty bigots just because they were white. They need to get over it...times are changing. I don't really believe anyone buys that old dog and pony show about minorities commiting all the crimes, etc etc because anyone who has lived more than 12 years on the planet knows better than that no matter what they spew. Guys like old Thomas say that crap so they can feel better about being losers...easier to blame the blacks, or the Mexicans or the Asians...anybody but the REAL villain. The Obama Family is showing the country the truth and the bigots are choking on it.
Charli Eaton November 26, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Thomas, they just called and said you were supposed to be at your KKK meeting an hour ago. You're late, grab your hood and book.
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Thomas, your little pea brain can't even remember what you said 30 minutes ago! I suggest that you re read your comment about "White only, no blacks, no hispanice, no mixed race people, no welfare people, just white farmers". You don't even lie well! If you didn't lie, you wouldn't end up stumbling over your own words and looking like a complete fool. I would respect you more if you just admitted that your a bigot and that it was how you were raised. Charli Eaton is right, you haven't ever had a black friend in your whole life.
Charli Eaton November 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM
By the way I googled the MLK quote and just as we thought, there is no record of such a quote by him or anyone else. It is typical that racists are also liars. They have huge inferiority issues so they are always trying to be someone they are not. Pitiful if they weren't so mean spirited and evil.
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Thomas, PLEASE STOP WITH THESE POSTS! I can't laugh any more, my stomach is hurting me! BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 02:12 AM
STOP PLEASE, I CAN'T LAUGH ANYMORE!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA I know, "some of my best friends are black!" LOL You may have mixed relatives, I just want to know if they are human? BAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 02:13 AM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, good one Charli!!!
Trisha Jones November 26, 2012 at 02:56 AM
huh? Malcolm X was a light skinned black man... what a weird road you are driving down Thomas...
Frieda Wales November 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Apparently the Patch thinks that OOMonkey's comments are just dandy. Not only are they still there, but they are no longer flagged as inapprpriate. Patch? Is this true? You are OK with this type of class sterotype being forwarded via your website? Whether it's comments section or not, this crosses the line. I'm disgusted and ashamed because this Patch supposedly represents my community.
Frieda Wales November 26, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The comments are horrifying. I am hoping they are the comments from someone from outside of our community. It's terrible that people feel like this and that it's OK to spread their hatred and bigotry. I"ve reported the comments as inappropriate. So far the comments are still there. The comments do not represent the majority of our community, or even a minority. They are the spewing of individuals who need some serious help.
Charli Eaton November 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
@Pacific Coast Mama, Bless your heart...I am not suprised at the Patch because the First Amendment extends to all and the best antidote for hate speech is simply to voice our own opinion right back at them. Don't be discouraged. People like the ones who posted the ugliness on this thread are a dying breed, they truly are. It is people like you, myself, Frank, Trisha and others who are being uplifted and set on the mountain top. When I saw the results of this past election I wept with joy and relief because I KNEW for sure that a sleeping America was slowly stirring and awakening from a deep sleep. It is a new day and a good day so the death throes of the dying culture of dominance echo louder than ever in protest! When we hear them we must understand that it is only the sound of the echoing down the hall as they depart and, thank God, not the sound as they approach! Be blessed today and take comfort that you are a warrior and a champion who can stand tall and look down upon the bigot in his twisted agony.
Frank C. November 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Well said Charli! It's true, thank God, that these bigots and hate mongers are a minority. They seem more prevalent because of the vile things that they say that get good people like ourselves all stirred up and responding to their stupidity! One day they will be judged for their hate and lack of compassion for their fellow man, but it will be too late. God gave them a chance to prove themselves while on this earth. Bless you and all the others who defend goodness and kindness towards others.
rj November 28, 2012 at 06:13 AM
what does Marina Del Rey have to do with OC?
David & Rebecca Lara November 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Prosecution Of Hate Crimes Before Bullying can be stopped in our schools, it has to be stopped at our homes, streets, churches, office & communities. Orange County Sheriff Department Re Hate Crimes: "The Orange County Sheriff's Department believes that it is the right of every person regardless of race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, and physical harm caused by the activities of violent groups and individuals. "It shall be the philosophy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department that all reported cases of "hate crimes" will be fully investigated." "The California State Attorney General's Office on Civil Rights Enforcement Unit has established an Anti-Hate Violence Project. This unit is charged with instituting civil action in cases of hate violence which may not meet the burden of proof requirements necessary in a criminal case. Law enforcement agencies may forward cases to the Attorney General's Office that might be better handled through civil action or where the criminal investigation is complete and sufficient evidence for criminal prosecution is not available." For more information please call the Victim Violence Specialist at (714) 647-7498. Source: http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Sheriff-Coroner%20-%20Sandra%20Hutchens/Information/Victim%20Referral%20Services/Hate%20Crimes
JG Norrin December 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
This type of thing has nothing to do with color -- it's all about evil. It happens all over the world to all types of people in all different ways. It has been going on since the fall of mankind. It'll go on until the world ends. Some people are just evil and that's it. This should not be generalized to include the entire population where it occurs -- that too is evil.

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