African-American Family’s Garage Spray-Painted With Racial Slur And Torched

The hate crime occurred Sunday night in Nassau, NY.

A black family living in Nassau woke up Sunday night, May 14, 2017, to find their detached garage spray-painted with a hateful graffiti and engulfed in flames.

The smoldering remains of a building on Cold Spring Road on Monday, May 15, 2017, in Schodack, N.Y. Authorities said someone set fire to the structure on Sunday and the fire is considered a hate crime. Schodack police do not identify the race or religion of the homeowners but a source says the victims are black. (Will Waldron/Times Union) Photo: Will Waldron / 20040517A

Laquan Madison, his wife and five underage children were physically unharmed but emotionally traumatized by the fire. Madison says he believes the fire was set intentionally.

The smoldering remains of a building on Cold Spring Road on Monday, May 15, 2017, in Schodack, N.Y. Authorities said someone set fire to the structure on Sunday and the fire is considered a hate crime. Schodack police do not identify the race or religion of the homeowners but a source says the victims are black. (Will Waldron/Times Union) Photo: Will Waldron / 20040517A Road sign at Cold Spring Avenue and No Overlook Drive near the scene of a fire on Monday, May 15, 2017, in Schodack, N.Y. Authorities said someone set fire to a building at 29 Cold Spring on Sunday and the fire is considered a hate crime. Schodack police do not identify the race or religion of the homeowners but a source says the victims are black. (Will Waldron/Times Union) Photo: Will Waldron / 20040517A

“From the way I perceive it, it’s like someone saying like, ‘Go,’ know what I mean?” he said. “I saw the N-word right there. [And then] I was told there was a swastika on the other side.”

Despite being melted by the flames from an adjacent garage, a swastika can still be seen on the side of a home.

A black family woke up Sunday night to find their detached garage sprayed with hateful graffiti and engulfed in flames, Schodack Police Chief Joseph Belardo said Monday, May 15, 2017. The parents and their five children — who are all under the age of 10 — were physically unharmed but emotionally traumatized by the fire set at 29 Cold Spring Ave., the chief said. (Robert M. Gavin/Times Union) Photo: Robert Gavin Despite being melted by the flames from an adjacent garage, a swastika can still be seen on the side of a home on Cold Spring Avenue where Schodack police said someone set fire to and painted racist graffiti on a black family's home on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  (Robert M. Gavin/Times Union) Photo: Robert Gavin / Times Union

“It’s home to us,” Madison said. “We’re staying. Why would I let somebody [scare me]? I mean, if you want me to go, it’s better for you to come and ask me as opposed to doing some foolishness like this.”

Police investigating racially offensive symbols as a possible hate crime. Investigators are waiting to learn the cause and origin of the fire as well as looking for suspects.

But do we really have any doubts that it was a hate crime? Come on! There was the N-word, there was a swastika, there was a fire. Looks like we are back to lynching again.

A black family woke up Sunday night to find their detached garage sprayed with hateful graffiti and engulfed in flames, town police Schodack Chief Joseph Belardo said Monday. The parents and their five children — who are all under the age of 10 — were physically unharmed but emotionally traumatized by the fire set at 29 Cold Spring Ave., the chief said.

A black family woke up Sunday night to find their detached garage sprayed with hateful graffiti and engulfed in flames, Schodack Police Chief Joseph Belardo said Monday, May 15, 2017. The parents and their five children — who are all under the age of 10 — were physically unharmed but emotionally traumatized by the fire set at 29 Cold Spring Ave., the chief said. (Robert M. Gavin/Times Union) Photo: Robert Gavin A black family woke up Sunday night to find their detached garage sprayed with hateful graffiti and engulfed in flames, Schodack Police Chief Joseph Belardo said Monday, May 15, 2017. The parents and their five children — who are all under the age of 10 — were physically unharmed but emotionally traumatized by the fire set at 29 Cold Spring Ave., the chief said. (Robert M. Gavin/Times Union) Photo: Robert Gavin

Sources: Timesunion, News10
Photos: Will Waldron, Robert Gavin
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