A couple of members of the Scott family watched as technicians first sprayed an alcohol-based mixture to dissolve the spray paint and then power-washed it away.
The cleanup effort was the first in a YWCA campaign to respond to all incidents of hate graffiti in Clark County, said YWCA social change program director Jay Atwood.
The project was financed by community donations; the remaining money will go into a hate-incidents fund to cover future cases.
“When you have intense hate, we feel the community should really rally around,” Atwood said.
And rally, they did. Following media coverage of the incident, Vancouver City Councilman Tim Leavitt drafted an anti-racism resolution for the city, which council members unanimously passed, and local blogger Chris Bassett, the YWCA and Clark County Sheriff’s Office partnered to set up the fund.
The Columbian also reports that the Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a resolution denouncing racism, drafted by council member Tim Leavitt.
I’ve learned that there are many fine community leaders, including some Legislators and other current and past elected officials, as well as non-profit leaders, who worked behind the scenes to develop this response. If this sort of thing keeps happening, there is now a more permanent fund in place to deal with it. Thanks again to everyone who donated last year and this to the ad-hoc fund set up by Bassett, it’s great that some folks in the Puget Sound region would also take the time and trouble to donate some bucks.
Sure, you can’t cure the world of all its ills, but you can make sure that the spray paint is cleaned up and tell everyone that spray-painting swastikas and other hateful messages aimed at a high school girl (or anyone) is just an awful thing to do.
Not being silent is sometimes the best thing to be done.
If people standing up against racism upsets some people, that’s their problem.