A Hate Crime on my Street

We live close enough to Puget Sound so that there is some kind of economic screen, between the kinds of crime and problems that show up on police records in the newspaper that usually happen on the other side of town.

This morning, as we made our usual leisurely walk before breakfast to the outlook in Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, I noticed the  grafitti — anti-gay, sexually explicit — and a broken living room window in the house at the top of our street on 20th.

So far, I am some what stunned.  It is disturbing and unsettling

I wanted to do something, not jut walk by it. Although I have met her one, and would recognize her, I don’t know the name of the woman who lives there, (She is at least 93). It seemed the least I could do was to call the Shoreline Police to report it. I did. And, unless the people in the house call and report it, the police will do nothing. So I called another neighbor,..the kind of guy who knows everybody, inlcuding the police, to see what he could do. He will do something, That much I know.

I am still listening to this event…not yet knowing what to make of it. In part, I am very interested to see if other people find out about this and if we as a community do anything to respond to a hate crime right here where we live.

Mostly, this event may ask questions that will lead us into some kind of meaningful action.

May whatever is amiss in the life of the person who did that, be some how transformed!

About kathrynrickert

Possibly from watching the movie Bambie at the age of 6, I have had a life-long awareness that saying ONLY nice things, does not make the world just or kind. Thus, my 2009 doctoral dissertation..."Talking Back to God" , is one of the main aspects of the work I do. Always interdisciplinary, seeking connections across borders that are usually marked with DO NOT ENTER, I seek to pay attention, pray, think, create,and imagine using biblical laments, Christian worship texts, and the ordinary stuff of everyday life.
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2 Responses to A Hate Crime on my Street

  1. Kathryn Rickert says:

    I am almost as surprised that no one has commented about this,
    as I was to walk up the street and see it.

    Hmmm…not sure what to make of this.

    • Well, I just read it for the first time…extremely dismaying! I live up the hill in the large apartment complex…we’ve developed a gang graffiti problem here that the management is trying to deal with. The people who do this must be terribly empty inside…

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