Victims of racism, internet rallies to support Ohio couple who lost home to white nationalist rage

Interracial Couple’s Home Destroyed By Racist Vandals from The Young Turks

Pat and Joe Jude of Cincinnati, Ohio returned to their home after a trip to Chicago to visit their daughter to find their beautiful house destroyed and covered in deranged, white nationalist-inspired swastikas and graffiti. The couple believes the act is motivated by their race, Joe Jude is black and Pat is white, who in their 34 years of marriage are not strangers to racist hatred. Hateful graffiti and destroyed rooms mark what the couple and many see as one of the most hateful acts of vandalism whose motivation cannot be anything other than racism.

Cement was washed down the bath tub drain and one ceiling is collapsing accompanied by graffiti saying “White power,” die n—–” and swastikas. The Judes think the vandals entered through an upstairs window. The criminals broke pipes and turned on the water, leading to an upstairs ceiling collapse. They used toilet plungers topush the cement mixture deep down the drain where it subsequently hardened.

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In 2010, the Judes eldest son committed suicide after years of prolonged racial abuse. According to a GoFundMe page set up to assist the couple, “He was treated very racist because he was a biracial young man,” the GoFundMe page says. “He was called the n-word, and other unacceptable terms by his fellow students and residents of the town. One of his teachers even called him stupid in front of the entire class. Unfortunately, with all of this negativity, we lost a wonderful young man.”
The couple commented on the GoFundMe page “We had wanted to move to that home in a few years but this situation hurts so much I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to do so without remembering the hate that was brought into our home…People need to learn not to look at the color of peoples skin but at the persons character. We are all Americans, we are all in this together.”

Visit the couple’s GoFundMe page here.

The Prince Hill couple is being helped by locals after gaining the attention of the national media with the mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley, offerring his material and spiritual support to the couple, vowing to investigate and bring the vandals to justice. The couple’s GoFundMe page has met with a generous outpouring of support from the local community in Cincinnati and abroad after the story gained traction on Facebook. The couple wrote: “After the death of our son my husband lost faith in humanity and now with this horrible senseless hate crime, it seemed hopeless…With the outpouring of love from our family, friends and strangers especially during this time of year, has helped us realize that the people who did this were in the minority and the majority of Americans are so kind and don’t believe in hate and racial inequality. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

[Washington Post]

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