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Multiple acts of vandalism being investigated

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Larry Pierce
A handful of vandalism incidents have officials with the Brazil City Police Department flummoxed.

BCPD Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times Wednesday several vehicles, along with a handful of buildings were spray-painted during the weekend.

Pierce told The Times profane words were painted on one vehicle while hate symbols and more racially tinged profane words were spray-painted on a handful of area buildings.

"I can't see adults doing this," Pierce said. "These are kids."

Citgo North, 1100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil, was one of the buildings vandalized during the weekend.

The station's manager Mahammad Masum said he was out of town during the weekend, but an employee notified him of the graffiti.

He said he was in disbelief of what he called a "sign of racism."

"I was a bit shocked," Masum said. "I like this town. I still think people are very good, but there are bad people everywhere."

Pierce said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been contacted regarding the words painted on the gas station's west wall as it might be considered a hate crime.

"I don't see it as a hate crime," Pierce said. "If it (were a hate crime), it would have been just there."

Pierce added some have stepped forward, claiming they witnessed some of the vandalism, which police believe all took place in the same evening, possibly Saturday.

"It was blue or green spray paint," Pierce said. "(All the vandalism acts involved) the same color of paint. We're thinking they were connected."

Pierce also said in recent weeks, BCPD has received reports of several vehicles being broken into and car stereos being stolen.

He added the department might clamp down harder on curfew more due to the vandalism.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is urged to contact the police department at 446-2211.

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You are right B_b wouldn't understand it. My name isn't B_b.

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 7:45 AM

You know, when parents display prejudice, their children typically do as well. This is why it is SO important not to use racial slurs, racial comments or jokes around our children.

Let's pull our heads out of the dark age and start treating every human being with dignity and respect - no matter their race.

To those who did this: Acts of vandalism where race is concerned doesn't make you smarter, better or cooler .. it has the opposite effect, in fact. It shows everyone what an small-minded idiot you are.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:00 AM

Yes this is a hate crime...and whether it was done by someone under 18 or by someone older with a mental capacity of a child, the idea was put into this person's head by some adult...you just can't let racial slurs go without being challenged. Just by NOT saying anything they become acceptable.

If you hear someone make a negative statement about a group of people, it is a stereotype and it is a slur. AND shows a lack of respect for a "brother" as we are ALL God's people on this earth and in this country at least we all have those civil rights that Martin Luther King Jr and others in the 60's gave so much to defend. Don't let ANYONE take them away from ANYONE ELSE. Once you just don't say something, cracks in those rights start to appear.

I have lived in Mississippi where the KKK didn't like the church I belonged to...Even here my family has been accused of not being real Christians [which would be comical if it weren't so sad as ours was the first Christian church which sort of reflects the ignorance of those who make stereotypical remarks].

Racism and prejudice is alive and just a little too well here in Clay County. It is just subtle and not talked about though like a huge elephant in the room that no one will admit is there.

It's time we admitted it and challenged its presence every time someone tries to sneak it into the conversation.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:15 AM

Flummoxed? Someone watched the Apple iPad 2 announcement yesterday...

-- Posted by JHeffner on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:37 AM

You will find this ALL over and NOT just in Clay County! It is nothing new, that's for sure but somehow it seems bigger here! It's just more pronounced as some folks like to point out the major flaws in this area.

You said it right Emmes! Children are not prejudice or racist....it comes from the parents as a learned behavior. It's a shame too! Maybe the punishment for this will be more fitting of the crime?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 11:23 AM

I was watching a documentary on racism (years ago) and when the young and pre-teen children were asked "why" they hated (people of different races), they said, "because my Mom & Dad do".

Children are like little sponges. When they're learning to talk, they repeat everything they hear (such as cuss words). I've seen parents laugh at this, which causes the child to say it MORE, because they're receiving the "approval", in their eyes.

Parents should lead by example .. and set a good example to follow.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 12:03 PM

I'd just like to know what's with all the gas station owners in brazil now?? I could care less who you pray to or what color your skin is but come on does it say somewhere in the kuran to buy all the gas stations..no disrespect intended just a noticeable difference in last five years

-- Posted by chevybutts on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 12:19 PM

Coming from someone that don't post there name behind what they say holds no value to me..ignorance is bliss but there's not much you can say for a coward such as yourself!!!!

-- Posted by chevybutts on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 1:04 PM

Your parents actually named you Chevy Butts?

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 1:08 PM

Yep they sure did.are you criticizing my name because its different ...is that not the same as racism..

-- Posted by chevybutts on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 1:43 PM

I wonder if this is tied to the vandalism in Terre Haute this past week/weekend, what I remember is it involved automobiles.

-- Posted by secretary on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 2:43 PM

Pearce said profane words were written on one vehicle.....ONE?? Thats funny I counted three as I walked down the alley from my house where my vehicle was parked. Last time we had vehicles keyed.This time spray paint. Next time??? who knows! Here is an idea Mr. Pearce....How about patrol cars drive around this area more often!! This is twice in less than a years time!! I know that I am getting sick of having my belongings destroyed. Im sure my neighbors are as well!

-- Posted by dogslove on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 2:44 PM


I doubt the Quran says anything for the "foreign" gas station owner I have come in contact with here in Clay County were Sikh..not Muslim.

[according to Wikipedia]Sikhism believes in one supreme God. The Sikh school of thought started by Guru Nanak teaches gender and race equality, sharing, working hard and being honest, contentment, selfless service, talking sweetly, worshiping naam, good etiquette, tradition, prayer, meditation.

That's not saying that they person you know isn't Muslim, but I KNOW not all of them are as you think.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 3:51 PM

..and even if they were Muslim...not all Muslims are terrorists just like all Germans aren't Nazis[yes as of three years ago a clay School corporation TEACHER asked our German exchange student if she were a Nazi-talk about IGNORANT]

I repeat, just because this is a small "white bread" community, it doesn't mean there is no prejudice. Just that few want to talk about it...It's that elephant in the room again. It's not going away just because it isn't acknowledged. Everyone is just walking around it and trying not to step in the manure it is spreading. Better to address it and tell it to leave directly by speaking out when one hears negative comments about a group of people or an individual because they happen to be different than the majority...The majority here is NOT the majority in the world. Better to respect others so they will respect you.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 8:09 AM


Yep they sure did.are you criticizing my name because its different ...is that not the same as racism..

-- Posted by chevybutts on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 1:43 PM

Relax. I merely requested confirmation that your parents named you Chevy Butts. No, it isn't racism .. it's a question. Nice try throwing the "racism" card .. but your aim is way off on both posts.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 11:43 AM

I couldn't agree more Jenny!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 1:08 PM

Skewed and obtuse statements like what Chevy stated is only reinforcing Mr. Pierce's stance on this issue. Also sounds like our Ms/Mr Butts is a bit sensitive when asked about the origin of thier name. I am sure Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase had this asked of him manny, manny times without once feeling it was a racial inquiry.

While not a common name, what Ms/Mr Butts could have responded with was something to the effect of "It is a boy's name that is pronounced CHEV-ee. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Chevy is "horseman; knight". A short form of Chevalier." Which is actually quite distinguished when you think about it.

Butt no.....the response had to go down the racial path. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Sat, Mar 5, 2011, at 8:11 AM

BZLOB .. I love it when you use the big words! And I couldn't agree more!

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Mar 8, 2011, at 8:46 AM

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