On Friday morning Toks and Ayotunde Ayodele, two Nigerian immigrants who share a physician’s practice from Rock Hill, South Carolina awoke to disturbing vandalism on the property where the couple have lived for 18 years. The graffti in their driveway pledged allegiance to President Trump and included a racical slur all while threatening the couple to “get out”.
No strangers to being the recipient of racist comments and sentiments, the physicians say it is the first time in 18 years they have felt unwelcome, and they now question the authenticity of their neighbors and friends in their interacrions with them. It begs the question:
Has the fear mongering of immigrants and people of color that Trump purports legitimized the hidden biogted views of the people around the Ayodele’s, for which they now finally feel the freedom to express these deplorable sentiments?
As reported by Raw Story
In 2017, you don’t expect that,” Toks, the 64-year-old wife of the couple, told the Observer. “We’re a couple that minds our business. We help people in the neighborhood any way we can. It makes you wonder and doubt if people are really true and genuine with us.”
“In 18 years, I’ve never felt not wanted,” Toks told local news channel WCNC.
“TRUMP! GET OUT N*****S!” the graffiti in their driveway read. The Ayodele’s said that although they’d been the recipients of racism before, nothing compared to that graffiti — and that the use of the president’s name was telling.
“When people think that they can use the president to pass bigotry to you, it says a lot about where we are. That people are counting on that to show hatred to their neighbor,” Toks said.
The couple reported the incident to the police, who advised them to install a camera to catch the person responsible if they come back. They also told them that beyond filing a report, there wasn’t much they could do.
After the incident, the couples’ neighbors helped them document the graffiti and offered emotional support.
“If we remain silent and do nothing, we are as guilty as the hateful person who wrote this message,” neighbor Bonnie Wallsh wrote in a post on the social network Nextdoor documenting the racist vandalism. “We must actively resist hatred towards our neighbors.”
Watch the Ayodeles explain the racist graffiti incident below, via WCNC.
What is your take on the matter? While many do not like to admit that racial tensions and hate crimes have risen since the election of President Trump, how does one explain an incident like the story above? Do you think that law enforcement should do more to find out who was behind this hateful act of bigotry to these two upstanding memebrs of society?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
(Article by Tasha Sharifa)