Family's 'dream home' tagged with racist graffiti and 'get out' message

The family is moving because they don't feel safe in the home anymore.

A Minnesota family is moving from their "dream home" after coming home to graffiti on their property that included the message "get out" and racial slurs.

The home in Delano was purchased by the family in December, a GoFundMe created to support them explains. After being out, they came back on Sunday to find the house vandalized and broken into.

"They discovered profanities spray painted on the walls both inside and outside the home along with stolen/damaged personal items and trash thrown around the house. TVs and family photos were spray painted as well," the GoFundMe says.

According to the Wright County Sheriff's Office, the vandalism contained "racial slurs and symbols."

The office says it probably happened between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Some video game systems were also taken. The sheriff's office says it's investigating, and asks anyone with information to call the tip line at 763-682-7733.

Delano mayor Dale Grunke, said in a statement on Facebook he's visited with the family, and reiterated the acts "in no way represent our community, our values, or our way of life."

"Many people have reached out upon learning of this crime via social media and I would encourage our residents to continue these important conversations and support all members of our community," he continued. "Delano is built on a strong spirit of community that in no way condones hate or violence towards others."

The family, some members of which are black, is now moving because they don't feel safe in their home. The seller of the home also agreed to buy the house back.

The GoFundMe money (the goal is $25,000, and more than $4,000 has come in so far) will help cover some of those expenses including moving, closing costs for the new home, and paying to replace things damaged in the incident. The family is slated to move in to their new place on April 1.

WCCO interviewed the family about coping with what happened.

Advocacy groups such as the Anti-Defamation League have noted an increase in racist or violent incidents since the 2016 election, as well as an uptick in anti-Semitic reports.

And NBC News reports a new study (done by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino) found hate crimes rose 20 percent last year, across nine major metro areas. (Minnesota cities were not included in the list.) They attributed it specifically to the inflammatory presidential campaign.

The FBI tracks hate crimes, and it released its 2015 stats last fall, saying hate crimes rose from 5,479 in 2014 to 5,850 in 2015. It’s worth noting, though, that hate crimes reported in 2013 were slightly higher than 2015, with 5,928 reported crimes.

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