APPOMATTOX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for whoever is responsible for at least six cases of racist graffiti, spray-painted on roads throughout the county.
“If you feel that there’s no racism, either your head is stuck in the clouds, and you don’t want to see it, or you don’t care,” said Shronda Mosley, President of Appomattox for Equality.
Mosley says racism is pervasive throughout Appomattox.
“It’s not like you walk down the street and people are throwing racial slurs at you, but it’s definitely there. It’s definitely visible. My eight-year-old daughter has to deal with it on my street,” she said. “All the white kids, either across the street or down the street, they don’t play with her. She doesn’t get to play with them.”
She was disheartened to see graffiti spray-painted throughout the northern part of the county saying KKK, the abbreviation for the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group.
According to the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, five KKK tags in orange spray paint were found on Falling Creek Road, Walkers Ford Road, Oak Ridge Road, Coleman’s Mill Road, and Bear Branch Road the morning of Saturday, Aug. 29.
“These are heavily, heavily African-American populated areas,” said Mosley. “The traffic coming through are black folks.”
“I feel like that was a rouse to get them upset and make them feel a certain way.”
“A black person, LGBTQ, it doesn’t matter who you are,” said Mosley. “It’s not okay for someone to hate you or to look at you as less than because of your affiliation as a human or the color of your skin, and I feel like that’s what’s happening, and it’s disheartening.”
Mosley says that while it is disheartening, she is not scared or intimidated.
“It is quite disturbing and we want to get to the bottom of it,” said Sheriff Donald Simpson. “I understand how hurtful and hateful this type of stuff is. It’s more than just graffiti. It’s more than just spray paint…and I want them to know that we’re taking it seriously.”
Simpson says his department has known about five of these graffiti tags for about a week and placed a work order with the Virginia Department of Transportation to clean them up. Simpson says he noticed at least one tag still up by Thursday, Sept. 3.
He says deputies discovered a sixth tag on Sunday, Sept. 6, on Mill Pond Road and Stonewall, though he says when they noticed it, the coloring had already faded. He believes it was sprayed around the same time as the five others.
WFXR News could not find that specific tag on Mill Pond Road, and Simpson was not immediately able to provide a photo.
“I feel like they were all done by the same person or individuals,” said Simpson. “We’re tracking down a few leads, but not ready to name a suspect at this time.”
He admits it is difficult to catch people who spray graffiti but hopes people with information will step forward.
Following reports of “KKK” graffiti appearing on a variety of roads around northern Appomattox County recently, the chairman of the Appomattox County Republican Committee issued a condemnation of these “racist paintings.”
According to a statement shared by the committee on Sunday, Chairman Christian Raymond — along with the entire Republican Committee — “vehemently condemns these paintings as racist acts of intimidation to incite fear and distrust, especially among the growing African-American community of Appomattox County.”
“Whoever did this is not only trying to intimidate and spark fear, but also trying to divide this otherwise peaceful community of Appomattox against each other,” Raymond reportedly said. “Shameful and disgusting!”
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