Racism is by definition a display of ignorance. But the randomly sprayed racist graffiti in Palm Coast’s L-Section made “no sense,” in the words of a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy, in one case combining a reference to “White Power” with a reference to “Crips,” the notorious but predominantly black gang.
The graffiti was spray-painted in silver on pavement at the intersection of Laramie Drive and Lakeview Boulevard sometime Thursday night or Friday morning. It included the words “fuck niggers,” a few jaggedly drawn swastikas, the sign for the SS (the paramilitary Nazi organization in World War II). The acronym for the KKK, the American terrorist organization, was also among the spray paintings, as was “CSA,” the acronym for the Civil War-era Confederate States of America.
The latter acronym has seen a mild resurgence in the South, dovetailing the angry reaction by small segments of the white population over the removal of Confederate flags from public grounds, as on the grounds of the South Carolina and Alabama legislatures. One such reaction drove through downtown Bunnell Monday evening as a caravan of pick-up trucks flying large Confederate flags and playing loud music drove through town, heading north on U.S. 1. The caravan was ostensibly a memorial for a 21 year old killed in a car wreck last week, who had himself, on July 10, invited friends through Facebook to go on such a ride.
But there was this fact, too, regarding the spray-painting in the L Section: The victims of the graffiti, at two nearly adjoining addresses on the same side of Langdon Drive, are white.
At one address, a 66-year-old man’s 2003 Honda Accord was spray-painted with silver paint on the rear trunk lid area. Similar damage was done to his 37-year-old daughter’s 2005 Nissan. The daughter did not discover the damage on her car until her father pointed it out, she told police.
At the other address, a silver Toyota Corolla belonging to a 38-year-old woman was spray-painted on the rear car logo and on the vehicle’s tail lights, while the words “dj robin ppl” and “fuckin wit us black boys” was spray-painted on the front window and the front passenger window. The woman’s mother’s car, a green Ford Focus, was also in the driveway and lightly vandalized with some spray paint on the back.
The incident, a sheriff’s spokesman said Monday, is likely the work of “kids.” No suspects have been apprehended.
Overt racist incidents of the kind are rare in the county. A Bunnell resident sent in two videos of Monday’s caravan through Bunnell. (See one such video below.)
Since the Confederate-flag removals, there have been occasional such gatherings and calls for gatherings among people flying the flag, either to parade it through certain towns or to gather in places. No such gatherings have been reported locally. The caravans and gatherings appear to have the same purpose and intellectual quotient as the graffiti in the L Section.