A Black family in Delano, Minnesota has been forced to leave their brand new dream home less than three months after moving in. On Sunday evening, Latanza Douglas, her husband and their three foster children returned home to see that it had been broken into and covered in racist graffiti and threatening messages.
Apparently, the language used was so horrific that Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Hoffman wouldn’t dare to repeat it when speaking to the press, according to the StarTribune. If the incident is labeled as an official hate crime, federal authorities could play a role in the investigation.
“They are packing right now,”said Naresh Uppal, whose company built the home and is buying it back so the family can move. “They’re having to move and basically start all over again. Which is very, very sad. They weren’t even there for three months.”
Uppal is working as the family’s spokesperson while they ask for privacy during this difficult time and started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for the move.
“Funds raised by this campaign will be used to alleviate cost associated with moving as the family no longer feels safe in their home. Costs include moving, closing costs of this home and their next home, insurance deductibles, and purchasing new personal items that were damaged by the vandalism,” reads the GoFundMe page description.
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As of Friday morning, the campaign has raised more than $24,000 of its $25,000 goal.
Uppal is doing a great thing by buying back the home, which will reportedly cost him tens of thousands of dollars, and is moving them into another home his company bought in a more diverse neighborhood.
The family is moving so urgently because they fear for the safety of their foster children, two of which are black with another being white whose ages range between 9 and 12.
“These kids don’t cause any trouble in school or anything like that,” Uppal said. “The kids are shocked. It’s unfortunate that this is the world we live in.”
Photo Courtesy: Naresh Uppal