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Racial epithet spray painted on rural Bourbonnais home

September 5, 2018

BOURBONNAIS — The father of two young children discovered a racial epithet spray painted on the family’s home in Tri-Star Estates on Tuesday.

George White Jr. told the Daily Journal the n-word was on the siding by the front door.

White is a biracial man, and his wife is a white woman.

“I was shocked,” he said. “I told my wife to go outside and look. We’ll talk but keep (the daughter) inside.”

He went outside at 7:30 a.m. to get a stroller from a vehicle. White said the vandalism took place between 1:30 a.m. and when he went for the stroller.

“My 5-year-old wanted her mother, her 10-month-old sister and myself to walk her to the bus this morning. We woke up to this on our home,” White said.

White said they had to keep her preoccupied when they took her to the bus stop, so she would not see the vandalism.

Using spray paint remover and a borrowed power washer, White was able to remove the word.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s police were called. White said they have not received other reports of houses vandalized with spray paint.

“It just makes you wonder if we were targeted,” White said.

Around the Fourth of July holiday, White said he found a clear baggie weighted down with small rocks and a flyer from the Ku Klux Klan.

“I asked around and none of the neighbors found them in their yards,” he said.

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