“I’ve been through a lot, so to walk through my front doors and see that crap, it hit me in the heart this time.”
Law enforcement in Johnson City, Tennessee, responded this week to a possible hate crime. Someone carved the words ‘white pride’ into the sidewalk in front of a black-owned gym. Ultimately, a suspect was arrested.
Oddly enough, the person who was arrested is a woman of color.
WCYB News reports:
JCPD: Woman arrested for carving “white pride” into sidewalk at JC business
A woman has been charged with vandalism under $1,000 after authorities say she used a rock to carve “white pride” into the sidewalk at a Johnson City business.
According to the release, 41-year-old Mahagany Teague vandalized the DC Fitness on Bobby Hicks Highway in Johnson City.
Authorities say she was arrested on Tuesday and has been booked into the Washington County Detention Center. She’s being held on a $1,000 bond.
Hat tip to Andy Ngo:
“White pride” was carved on the ground outside a black-owned gym in Johnson City, Tenn. The local community rallied in support of the business. Following a police investigation, Mahagany Teague, 42, was arrested and charged with vandalism. https://t.co/akvmEpdmZA #HateHoax pic.twitter.com/uHZIfVg1N0
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) March 9, 2020
The World Tribune provides a bit more detail:
Hate hoax? Woman arrested for carving ‘white pride’ on sidewalk near black-owned gym
A 41-year-old woman was arrested for defacing the property of a black-owned gym by carving “white pride” into a sidewalk outside the gym in Johnson City, Tennessee last week.
Local reports said the community was outraged and rallied around in support of the business, DC Fitness.
The business owner told local reporters that when he first saw the words “white pride” carved into the sidewalk, “It hit me in the heart more than anything.”
“I had to get an accounting degree for people to trust me, and I have a cardiopulmonary science degree so they trust me medically with their health,” Derrick Carson told the Johnson City Press. “I’ve been through a lot, so to walk through my front doors and see that crap, it hit me in the heart this time.
“To put this here — at my front door — everybody has to see that when they walk in,” Carson added. “It basically says, ‘The person that’s opened this business ain’t worthy.’ It hit me bad today.”
Surveillance footage showed the alleged hate crime perpetrator wasn’t white.
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