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Racist graffiti painted on Hmong family's garage door

"Keep in mind that karma will get you," one of the victims said in a widely-shared Facebook post.
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A Hmong family who recently moved to a Twin Cities suburb was the target of vandals who sprayed "Chinks" on their garage door.

Pictures of the graffiti were posted by victim TL Xiong, who lives with his parents at the home in Oakdale, on Facebook on Sunday. His post has been shared more than 1,100 times.

The pictures show the racist slur on the garage door as well as "Suck my bulls [sic]" sprayed onto one of their cars.

"I guess you guys got lucky getting away.. but keep in mind that karma will get you.. we just moved in two months ago haven't done anything wrong to anyone this is where 2017 starts," Xiong wrote.

In a later posting, Xiong said that friends and members of the local neighborhood had pitched in to help clean up the mess and thanked all those who offered their support on the social media site.

But it was nonetheless a rude awakening for his family just two months after they moved to Oakdale from St. Paul's east side. Xiong said they had been "looking towards the future of buying a beautiful happy looking home in a lovely neighborhood that we truly believe we would've accomplished by living a better life style."

"But this is the ugly truth," he continues, "and it hurts to say this but we are not safe and we have to look it for one or another.. but this time around WE ALL have to acknowledge that RACISM has been going on more than hundreds of years before our grandparents, parents and now including my very own generation."

Xiong continues to say that it's not the first time that his parents have been targeted by vandalism.

GoMN spoke with Oakdale Police Department Captain Karin LaTour, who said that there was another incident of vandalism reported in the area around the same time, though in this case the vandals wrote "Nice car" on someone's garage.

According to the police report, officers currently have no suspects. As such, they are asking anyone with information to call Washington County dispatch on 651-439-9381.

The Hmong people arrived in the United States in large numbers during the 1970s as refugees fleeing war and discord in southeast Asia, according to the Minnesota History Center.

With more than 66,000 residents, the Twin Cities has the largest urban Hmong settlement in the country, the center says.

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