Home vandalized, racial slur painted on garage in southeast Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local family wants to know who threw a brick at their home and painted a racial slur on their garage in southeast Memphis.

This was not the first time the man’s home had been vandalized.

He and his family have lived there for more than 20 years. He said they’d had bricks thrown at the home several times, but the painted slur was first.

They’ve since painted over it, but the man said the hurt can not be erased.

We’re not showing his face on camera, but the man showed FOX13 the hurtful racial slur spray-painted across his garage door.

Vandals also threw bricks at his front door and his garage.

The man lives with his mother, wife, and child. They’ve been in their southeast Memphis home for more than two decades.

“It’s scary because my kid was inside, and it’s wrong,” the man said.

He told FOX13 that several times, far too many to count, they’d had bricks thrown at their home.

But he said he refuses to believe they’re being targeted because they’re Vietnamese, even though it’s clear the slur is one commonly used against Asians.

“It’s like a kid playing like a bully,” he said.

Chao Kong is a community activist.

“A lot of us stand with you when something bad happens, but there are a lot less people standing with us,” Kong said.

The homeowner said his neighbors have been very supportive since this happened.

He says there are good people in the world, and many of them live right in his neighborhood.

“They drive by, and they say we’re sorry about this,” he told FOX13.

The homeowner told FOX13 for some reason, he doesn’t look at this as a hate crime.

He said, for the most part, there are good people in this neighborhood. He said for that reason, he will not be moving.