The last straw for the African American police officer living in an upscale Orange County community was the acid pellets someone shot into his garage in October, the corrosive capsules damaging his car.
It had been an ugly, racially tinged pattern since the Inglewood police officer, his wife — a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy — and their two children had moved into the Yorba Linda neighborhood in 2011.
Rocks were thrown through their windows, car tires were slashed, and racial taunts were shouted by passing motorists. One day, their 6-year-old son came home from school asking why his classmates said they couldn’t play with him because he was black.
“It just illustrates that even amid our really wonderful community, life is different for some people,” said Rusty Kennedy, the executive director of the [Orange County Human Relations] commission.
Though African Americans account for a small fraction of the county’s population — no more than 2% — they are the most frequently targeted group for hate crimes, Kennedy said. [Emphasis added.]
Gee, Rusty, do you think there might be some relation between those two facts?