Hate Crimes Strike Davis

There have now been a couple of Hate Crime Incidents that have struck Davis in the last week.

I received an email from one of the victims of the attack last weekend, someone I know casually. The garage door of their house was tagged with “KKK FUCK NIGGERS.” Two of the residents were white while the other was biracial. The police believe it was a target of opportunity either struck along the way or as an afterthought because the main target appeared to be a street over–an African-American family whose home was apparently much more extensively hit with graffiti described as “white supremacist.”

The troubling aspect to the individual involved and to a number of people I have since spoken with is the apparent lack of response in Davis either by the Davis Police Department and small and scant coverage in the newspaper.

The police detective the victim spoke with speculated that not much will happen to the culprits–both of them students at Davis High School. At most they’ll receive probation and have community service and pay a fine.

The police describe this as a high school friendship situation that got out of control.

“‘This is high school tensions that got way out of hand,’ [Sgt. Scott] Smith said today. ‘Now these kids are looking at significant charges because they chose to resolve their friendship issues in the way that they did.’ “

Community leaders are concerned about this incident and also the lack of public outcry. But then again, what is the public to do when such stories are buried in the middle of the paper?

And yet it happened again–yesterday morning. This time at Holmes Junior High.

The Enterprise reports again a small article in the middle of the paper:

“Davis police are investigating as a hate crime an incident of graffiti discovered this morning at Holmes Junior High School.

An employee of the 1220 Drexel Drive school arrived on campus at about 7 a.m. to find the graffiti spray-painted with silver paint on lockers, windows and the gymnasium wall, Davis police Sgt. John Wilson said.

‘Some of it appeared to be gang-related, some of it appeared to be racially related, and some of it was just generally nasty,’ Wilson said. The racial content included derogatory terms for Asians and African-Americans, he added.

So far, no suspects have been identified, ‘but we’re still very early into it,’ Wilson said. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Davis Police Department at 747-5400.

The incident comes on the heels of another local hate crime in which graffiti, some of it targeting African-Americans, was spray-painted on the garages of two East Davis homes last weekend.

Davis police have cited a 17-year-old boy for vandalism with a hate-crime enhancement and have requested similar charges be filed against an 18-year-old male in connection with the crimes, which police said stemmed from friendship tensions among a group of Davis High School students. “

It is before Christmas. People are going on vacation. But we cannot just let these things drop. Come the first week of January this issue will be revisited. My friend, Jann Murray-Garcia has a late-breaking op-ed in the Davis Enterprise tomorrow on this very subject. The issue of hate crimes in Davis has come up again and again. Every time they think they have a handle on it, it comes back.

People are willing to dismiss this stuff as a high school dispute that got out of hand. I just cannot buy that. A community cannot afford to turn a blind eye when an incident with hatred embedded in racial terminology pops up. It has to deal with it head on to ensure that it happens never again in this community. That requires vigilance and it requires those in the position to both deal with the public and educate the public to step up and take strong and proactive stances. If they do not, these incidents will repeat, they will increase, and then we will have a real problem on our hands.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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116 Comments

  1. davis republican

    I completely concur. The police need to deal with these incidents in a very serious manner, and not simply chaulk it up to high school feuds. More troubling, though, is that this is a re-occurring problem in Davis. Where are the kids learning this behavior? And, more importantly, what are their parents doing about it? When I hear about a teenager doing something like this, I can’t help but think that they learn these attitudes from their parents.

    Hate crimes are a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly. This is very troubling, indeed.

  2. davis republican

    I completely concur. The police need to deal with these incidents in a very serious manner, and not simply chaulk it up to high school feuds. More troubling, though, is that this is a re-occurring problem in Davis. Where are the kids learning this behavior? And, more importantly, what are their parents doing about it? When I hear about a teenager doing something like this, I can’t help but think that they learn these attitudes from their parents.

    Hate crimes are a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly. This is very troubling, indeed.

  3. davis republican

    I completely concur. The police need to deal with these incidents in a very serious manner, and not simply chaulk it up to high school feuds. More troubling, though, is that this is a re-occurring problem in Davis. Where are the kids learning this behavior? And, more importantly, what are their parents doing about it? When I hear about a teenager doing something like this, I can’t help but think that they learn these attitudes from their parents.

    Hate crimes are a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly. This is very troubling, indeed.

  4. davis republican

    I completely concur. The police need to deal with these incidents in a very serious manner, and not simply chaulk it up to high school feuds. More troubling, though, is that this is a re-occurring problem in Davis. Where are the kids learning this behavior? And, more importantly, what are their parents doing about it? When I hear about a teenager doing something like this, I can’t help but think that they learn these attitudes from their parents.

    Hate crimes are a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly. This is very troubling, indeed.

  5. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

  6. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

  7. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

  8. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

  9. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye.

  10. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye.

  11. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye.

  12. SC

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are not letting this go unnoticed. Davis has a heritage of racial ignorance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university who don’t understand the gut-wrenching nature that racist remarks have on people of color. For many years the issue was shoved under the rug. As the population becomes more diverse with people from the Bay Area who will be less willing to accept second-class treatment, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye.

  13. Anonymous

    Our general region(east of the Bay area) was known as one of the USA centers of white supremacy followers into the 70’s. This history is generally unknown to most current residents. Hopefully, white supremacy believers are becoming an endangered species in our locale. Their ideas are propagated around the dinner table from one generation to another
    and do not become extinct quickly or easily.

  14. Anonymous

    Our general region(east of the Bay area) was known as one of the USA centers of white supremacy followers into the 70’s. This history is generally unknown to most current residents. Hopefully, white supremacy believers are becoming an endangered species in our locale. Their ideas are propagated around the dinner table from one generation to another
    and do not become extinct quickly or easily.

  15. Anonymous

    Our general region(east of the Bay area) was known as one of the USA centers of white supremacy followers into the 70’s. This history is generally unknown to most current residents. Hopefully, white supremacy believers are becoming an endangered species in our locale. Their ideas are propagated around the dinner table from one generation to another
    and do not become extinct quickly or easily.

  16. Anonymous

    Our general region(east of the Bay area) was known as one of the USA centers of white supremacy followers into the 70’s. This history is generally unknown to most current residents. Hopefully, white supremacy believers are becoming an endangered species in our locale. Their ideas are propagated around the dinner table from one generation to another
    and do not become extinct quickly or easily.

  17. Anonymous

    “Davis police have cited a 17-year-old boy for vandalism with a hate-crime enhancement and have requested similar charges be filed against an 18-year-old male in connection with the crimes, which police said stemmed from friendship tensions among a group of Davis High School students. “

    I don’t understand. This blog states that the police are doing nothing, yet as you reported right here on your own blog, they have already arrested and charged someone with an vandalism with a HATE CRIME enhacement. What else would you have the Police do?

  18. Anonymous

    “Davis police have cited a 17-year-old boy for vandalism with a hate-crime enhancement and have requested similar charges be filed against an 18-year-old male in connection with the crimes, which police said stemmed from friendship tensions among a group of Davis High School students. “

    I don’t understand. This blog states that the police are doing nothing, yet as you reported right here on your own blog, they have already arrested and charged someone with an vandalism with a HATE CRIME enhacement. What else would you have the Police do?

  19. Anonymous

    “Davis police have cited a 17-year-old boy for vandalism with a hate-crime enhancement and have requested similar charges be filed against an 18-year-old male in connection with the crimes, which police said stemmed from friendship tensions among a group of Davis High School students. “

    I don’t understand. This blog states that the police are doing nothing, yet as you reported right here on your own blog, they have already arrested and charged someone with an vandalism with a HATE CRIME enhacement. What else would you have the Police do?

  20. Anonymous

    “Davis police have cited a 17-year-old boy for vandalism with a hate-crime enhancement and have requested similar charges be filed against an 18-year-old male in connection with the crimes, which police said stemmed from friendship tensions among a group of Davis High School students. “

    I don’t understand. This blog states that the police are doing nothing, yet as you reported right here on your own blog, they have already arrested and charged someone with an vandalism with a HATE CRIME enhacement. What else would you have the Police do?

  21. Vincente

    The blog did not say the police did nothing, it expressed concern that they were minimalizing the importance of this issue suggesting that these acts were little more than “high school tensions” and “friendship issues.”

    The consequence of the penalty is that they’ll get slapped on the wrist for it. How is that going to address the problem with these young people and in the community at large.

    What I would like to see is the police work with the community to address these issues.

  22. Vincente

    The blog did not say the police did nothing, it expressed concern that they were minimalizing the importance of this issue suggesting that these acts were little more than “high school tensions” and “friendship issues.”

    The consequence of the penalty is that they’ll get slapped on the wrist for it. How is that going to address the problem with these young people and in the community at large.

    What I would like to see is the police work with the community to address these issues.

  23. Vincente

    The blog did not say the police did nothing, it expressed concern that they were minimalizing the importance of this issue suggesting that these acts were little more than “high school tensions” and “friendship issues.”

    The consequence of the penalty is that they’ll get slapped on the wrist for it. How is that going to address the problem with these young people and in the community at large.

    What I would like to see is the police work with the community to address these issues.

  24. Vincente

    The blog did not say the police did nothing, it expressed concern that they were minimalizing the importance of this issue suggesting that these acts were little more than “high school tensions” and “friendship issues.”

    The consequence of the penalty is that they’ll get slapped on the wrist for it. How is that going to address the problem with these young people and in the community at large.

    What I would like to see is the police work with the community to address these issues.

  25. Anonymous

    How about restitution?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of color to serve as role models and expose the childrent to a more diverse population.

  26. Anonymous

    How about restitution?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of color to serve as role models and expose the childrent to a more diverse population.

  27. Anonymous

    How about restitution?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of color to serve as role models and expose the childrent to a more diverse population.

  28. Anonymous

    How about restitution?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of color to serve as role models and expose the childrent to a more diverse population.

  29. Who Deanie

    How about prestidigitation?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of magic to serve as role models and expose the children to a more diverse form of entertainment.

  30. Who Deanie

    How about prestidigitation?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of magic to serve as role models and expose the children to a more diverse form of entertainment.

  31. Who Deanie

    How about prestidigitation?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of magic to serve as role models and expose the children to a more diverse form of entertainment.

  32. Who Deanie

    How about prestidigitation?

    Maybe the new Superintendent will bring in some teachers of magic to serve as role models and expose the children to a more diverse form of entertainment.

  33. Tired of Vanguard sycophants

    SC said….
    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye

    The Enterprise printed the story where it should be printed, and given its comparatively high readership level, thereby ensuring that many, nany more people in Davis are aware of the incident than any Vanguard story will. Lets not castigate the Enterprise for doing something right, nor give the Vanguard credit for something that it didn’t do.

  34. Tired of Vanguard sycophants

    SC said….
    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye

    The Enterprise printed the story where it should be printed, and given its comparatively high readership level, thereby ensuring that many, nany more people in Davis are aware of the incident than any Vanguard story will. Lets not castigate the Enterprise for doing something right, nor give the Vanguard credit for something that it didn’t do.

  35. Tired of Vanguard sycophants

    SC said….
    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye

    The Enterprise printed the story where it should be printed, and given its comparatively high readership level, thereby ensuring that many, nany more people in Davis are aware of the incident than any Vanguard story will. Lets not castigate the Enterprise for doing something right, nor give the Vanguard credit for something that it didn’t do.

  36. Tired of Vanguard sycophants

    SC said….
    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the middle of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who care will need to remain vigilant so that all the progress made does not go by the wayside.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping interracial relations in the public eye

    The Enterprise printed the story where it should be printed, and given its comparatively high readership level, thereby ensuring that many, nany more people in Davis are aware of the incident than any Vanguard story will. Lets not castigate the Enterprise for doing something right, nor give the Vanguard credit for something that it didn’t do.

  37. wanting to know

    Until I see more about the story that may warrant it, I think the article belonged on page four under “Briefly” exactly where the Davis Enterprise normally puts these types of stories. Where should it be? On the front page above the fold? Given the ages of the one boy, one may never know the real deal here. I assume the other 18 year old was a male also.

    I hate to see this kind of stuff happen, but let’s not blow this out of proportion and wait to see what really happened and the consequences there of.

    SC said – “It’s good that community leaders like Jann (Murray-Garcia) are not letting this go unnoticed.”

    Jann is a community leader? How so? That’s not my take on her.

  38. wanting to know

    Until I see more about the story that may warrant it, I think the article belonged on page four under “Briefly” exactly where the Davis Enterprise normally puts these types of stories. Where should it be? On the front page above the fold? Given the ages of the one boy, one may never know the real deal here. I assume the other 18 year old was a male also.

    I hate to see this kind of stuff happen, but let’s not blow this out of proportion and wait to see what really happened and the consequences there of.

    SC said – “It’s good that community leaders like Jann (Murray-Garcia) are not letting this go unnoticed.”

    Jann is a community leader? How so? That’s not my take on her.

  39. wanting to know

    Until I see more about the story that may warrant it, I think the article belonged on page four under “Briefly” exactly where the Davis Enterprise normally puts these types of stories. Where should it be? On the front page above the fold? Given the ages of the one boy, one may never know the real deal here. I assume the other 18 year old was a male also.

    I hate to see this kind of stuff happen, but let’s not blow this out of proportion and wait to see what really happened and the consequences there of.

    SC said – “It’s good that community leaders like Jann (Murray-Garcia) are not letting this go unnoticed.”

    Jann is a community leader? How so? That’s not my take on her.

  40. wanting to know

    Until I see more about the story that may warrant it, I think the article belonged on page four under “Briefly” exactly where the Davis Enterprise normally puts these types of stories. Where should it be? On the front page above the fold? Given the ages of the one boy, one may never know the real deal here. I assume the other 18 year old was a male also.

    I hate to see this kind of stuff happen, but let’s not blow this out of proportion and wait to see what really happened and the consequences there of.

    SC said – “It’s good that community leaders like Jann (Murray-Garcia) are not letting this go unnoticed.”

    Jann is a community leader? How so? That’s not my take on her.

  41. Vanguard Reader

    The Enterprise is a bland paper that’s behind the times and is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to keeping the public informed about important happenings in Davis.

    Thank you for the time and energy you put into the Vanguard David. I didn’t realize how much the Enterprise does not report until I began reading the Vanguard. Please keep up the great work, because Davis needs The Vanguard.

  42. Vanguard Reader

    The Enterprise is a bland paper that’s behind the times and is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to keeping the public informed about important happenings in Davis.

    Thank you for the time and energy you put into the Vanguard David. I didn’t realize how much the Enterprise does not report until I began reading the Vanguard. Please keep up the great work, because Davis needs The Vanguard.

  43. Vanguard Reader

    The Enterprise is a bland paper that’s behind the times and is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to keeping the public informed about important happenings in Davis.

    Thank you for the time and energy you put into the Vanguard David. I didn’t realize how much the Enterprise does not report until I began reading the Vanguard. Please keep up the great work, because Davis needs The Vanguard.

  44. Vanguard Reader

    The Enterprise is a bland paper that’s behind the times and is a day late and a dollar short when it comes to keeping the public informed about important happenings in Davis.

    Thank you for the time and energy you put into the Vanguard David. I didn’t realize how much the Enterprise does not report until I began reading the Vanguard. Please keep up the great work, because Davis needs The Vanguard.

  45. Anonymous

    “Let’s not blow this out of proportion?” How embarassing that we live in an educated community where people are so ignorant about certain issues and make such ignorant comments.

    Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader and has done a lot of good work with kids In DJUSD.

  46. Anonymous

    “Let’s not blow this out of proportion?” How embarassing that we live in an educated community where people are so ignorant about certain issues and make such ignorant comments.

    Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader and has done a lot of good work with kids In DJUSD.

  47. Anonymous

    “Let’s not blow this out of proportion?” How embarassing that we live in an educated community where people are so ignorant about certain issues and make such ignorant comments.

    Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader and has done a lot of good work with kids In DJUSD.

  48. Anonymous

    “Let’s not blow this out of proportion?” How embarassing that we live in an educated community where people are so ignorant about certain issues and make such ignorant comments.

    Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader and has done a lot of good work with kids In DJUSD.

  49. Anonymous

    Vanguard reader 9:41, you act as if the incident was the fault of the Davis Enterprise. Preferring the Vanguard over the Davis Enterprise has little to do with this story. There are a lot of people that agree with you about the Vanguard and many that do not.

  50. Anonymous

    Vanguard reader 9:41, you act as if the incident was the fault of the Davis Enterprise. Preferring the Vanguard over the Davis Enterprise has little to do with this story. There are a lot of people that agree with you about the Vanguard and many that do not.

  51. Anonymous

    Vanguard reader 9:41, you act as if the incident was the fault of the Davis Enterprise. Preferring the Vanguard over the Davis Enterprise has little to do with this story. There are a lot of people that agree with you about the Vanguard and many that do not.

  52. Anonymous

    Vanguard reader 9:41, you act as if the incident was the fault of the Davis Enterprise. Preferring the Vanguard over the Davis Enterprise has little to do with this story. There are a lot of people that agree with you about the Vanguard and many that do not.

  53. wanting to know

    The article did not belong on the front page. I don’t care what you say. Ignorant comments are in the eye of the beholder and it is your opinion, it doesn’t make you right.

    Thousands of people have woked with kids at DJUSD. That doesn’t make her a community leader.

    You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me.

  54. wanting to know

    The article did not belong on the front page. I don’t care what you say. Ignorant comments are in the eye of the beholder and it is your opinion, it doesn’t make you right.

    Thousands of people have woked with kids at DJUSD. That doesn’t make her a community leader.

    You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me.

  55. wanting to know

    The article did not belong on the front page. I don’t care what you say. Ignorant comments are in the eye of the beholder and it is your opinion, it doesn’t make you right.

    Thousands of people have woked with kids at DJUSD. That doesn’t make her a community leader.

    You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me.

  56. wanting to know

    The article did not belong on the front page. I don’t care what you say. Ignorant comments are in the eye of the beholder and it is your opinion, it doesn’t make you right.

    Thousands of people have woked with kids at DJUSD. That doesn’t make her a community leader.

    You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me.

  57. Who Deanie

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are ignoring this issue. Davis has a heritage of racial tolerance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university love people of color. For many years the issue was atop the toupee. As the population becomes older and wealthier with people from the Deep South who will be less willing to accept polygamy, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the sports section of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who don’t care will need to smoke joints so that all the progress made does not go up in smoke.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping sexual relations in the public eye.

  58. Who Deanie

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are ignoring this issue. Davis has a heritage of racial tolerance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university love people of color. For many years the issue was atop the toupee. As the population becomes older and wealthier with people from the Deep South who will be less willing to accept polygamy, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the sports section of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who don’t care will need to smoke joints so that all the progress made does not go up in smoke.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping sexual relations in the public eye.

  59. Who Deanie

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are ignoring this issue. Davis has a heritage of racial tolerance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university love people of color. For many years the issue was atop the toupee. As the population becomes older and wealthier with people from the Deep South who will be less willing to accept polygamy, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the sports section of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who don’t care will need to smoke joints so that all the progress made does not go up in smoke.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping sexual relations in the public eye.

  60. Who Deanie

    It’s good that community leaders like Jann are ignoring this issue. Davis has a heritage of racial tolerance and leaders in the media, city, law-enforcement and university love people of color. For many years the issue was atop the toupee. As the population becomes older and wealthier with people from the Deep South who will be less willing to accept polygamy, there will be change.

    The fact that these stories are still relegated to the sports section of the Enterprise is an indication that changes have not yet been embraced by Davis and that people who don’t care will need to smoke joints so that all the progress made does not go up in smoke.

    Thanks to the Davis Vanguard for keeping sexual relations in the public eye.

  61. Anonymous

    When people say that DJUSD needs to hire “teachers of color”, it seems like that really translates into “black”.

    At DHS, while there are not any teachers of African-American descent, off the top of my head I know that there are teachers on staff of Japanese descent (2), Chinese (2), Hispanic (4), Filipino (1 – administration).

    Doesn’t that count as ‘persons of color’? Yet it seems to me that only ‘black’ counts as that…

    And Jann Murray-Garcia, while indeed a fine person and a supporters of the schools, is no more a community leader than your other active PTA parents. To say that she is a community leader is stretching her importance just a bit (and I believe that she would be one of the first to agree)

  62. Anonymous

    When people say that DJUSD needs to hire “teachers of color”, it seems like that really translates into “black”.

    At DHS, while there are not any teachers of African-American descent, off the top of my head I know that there are teachers on staff of Japanese descent (2), Chinese (2), Hispanic (4), Filipino (1 – administration).

    Doesn’t that count as ‘persons of color’? Yet it seems to me that only ‘black’ counts as that…

    And Jann Murray-Garcia, while indeed a fine person and a supporters of the schools, is no more a community leader than your other active PTA parents. To say that she is a community leader is stretching her importance just a bit (and I believe that she would be one of the first to agree)

  63. Anonymous

    When people say that DJUSD needs to hire “teachers of color”, it seems like that really translates into “black”.

    At DHS, while there are not any teachers of African-American descent, off the top of my head I know that there are teachers on staff of Japanese descent (2), Chinese (2), Hispanic (4), Filipino (1 – administration).

    Doesn’t that count as ‘persons of color’? Yet it seems to me that only ‘black’ counts as that…

    And Jann Murray-Garcia, while indeed a fine person and a supporters of the schools, is no more a community leader than your other active PTA parents. To say that she is a community leader is stretching her importance just a bit (and I believe that she would be one of the first to agree)

  64. Anonymous

    When people say that DJUSD needs to hire “teachers of color”, it seems like that really translates into “black”.

    At DHS, while there are not any teachers of African-American descent, off the top of my head I know that there are teachers on staff of Japanese descent (2), Chinese (2), Hispanic (4), Filipino (1 – administration).

    Doesn’t that count as ‘persons of color’? Yet it seems to me that only ‘black’ counts as that…

    And Jann Murray-Garcia, while indeed a fine person and a supporters of the schools, is no more a community leader than your other active PTA parents. To say that she is a community leader is stretching her importance just a bit (and I believe that she would be one of the first to agree)

  65. Irony

    Says a person with a psuedonym:

    “You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me. “

    Given that you’ve chosen to remain anonymous (essentially) I don’t think that’s a fair criticism by you.

  66. Irony

    Says a person with a psuedonym:

    “You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me. “

    Given that you’ve chosen to remain anonymous (essentially) I don’t think that’s a fair criticism by you.

  67. Irony

    Says a person with a psuedonym:

    “You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me. “

    Given that you’ve chosen to remain anonymous (essentially) I don’t think that’s a fair criticism by you.

  68. Irony

    Says a person with a psuedonym:

    “You don’t have any idea about what issues I am ignorant about or aware of unless you know me. “

    Given that you’ve chosen to remain anonymous (essentially) I don’t think that’s a fair criticism by you.

  69. Doug Paul Davis

    I find several things raised in this comment thread disturbing.

    First, the debate as to whether or not Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader. She’s certainly a leader within her community and many of us look up to her and respect her greatly.

    Second, to the person who needs to see more about this story–did you read about this Enterprise or was today the first you heard?

    Finally, I don’t understand what more you need to know–a family in Davis was victimized by hate graffiti on their own home–imagine how violated they must feel. I remember growing up how I felt when my Synagogue had Swastikas painted on it, it was like all of a sudden there was a huge violation into my life, that anti-semitism was no longer something that just happened on tv or a time a long time ago.

    If these things are happening in our community, then I want to know about them. I spoke to a lot of people today and most of them did not even know there was an incident in Davis this week. It blew them away.

    I don’t know what world you guys live in, but in my world, this is a very big deal.

  70. Doug Paul Davis

    I find several things raised in this comment thread disturbing.

    First, the debate as to whether or not Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader. She’s certainly a leader within her community and many of us look up to her and respect her greatly.

    Second, to the person who needs to see more about this story–did you read about this Enterprise or was today the first you heard?

    Finally, I don’t understand what more you need to know–a family in Davis was victimized by hate graffiti on their own home–imagine how violated they must feel. I remember growing up how I felt when my Synagogue had Swastikas painted on it, it was like all of a sudden there was a huge violation into my life, that anti-semitism was no longer something that just happened on tv or a time a long time ago.

    If these things are happening in our community, then I want to know about them. I spoke to a lot of people today and most of them did not even know there was an incident in Davis this week. It blew them away.

    I don’t know what world you guys live in, but in my world, this is a very big deal.

  71. Doug Paul Davis

    I find several things raised in this comment thread disturbing.

    First, the debate as to whether or not Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader. She’s certainly a leader within her community and many of us look up to her and respect her greatly.

    Second, to the person who needs to see more about this story–did you read about this Enterprise or was today the first you heard?

    Finally, I don’t understand what more you need to know–a family in Davis was victimized by hate graffiti on their own home–imagine how violated they must feel. I remember growing up how I felt when my Synagogue had Swastikas painted on it, it was like all of a sudden there was a huge violation into my life, that anti-semitism was no longer something that just happened on tv or a time a long time ago.

    If these things are happening in our community, then I want to know about them. I spoke to a lot of people today and most of them did not even know there was an incident in Davis this week. It blew them away.

    I don’t know what world you guys live in, but in my world, this is a very big deal.

  72. Doug Paul Davis

    I find several things raised in this comment thread disturbing.

    First, the debate as to whether or not Jann Murray-Garcia is a community leader. She’s certainly a leader within her community and many of us look up to her and respect her greatly.

    Second, to the person who needs to see more about this story–did you read about this Enterprise or was today the first you heard?

    Finally, I don’t understand what more you need to know–a family in Davis was victimized by hate graffiti on their own home–imagine how violated they must feel. I remember growing up how I felt when my Synagogue had Swastikas painted on it, it was like all of a sudden there was a huge violation into my life, that anti-semitism was no longer something that just happened on tv or a time a long time ago.

    If these things are happening in our community, then I want to know about them. I spoke to a lot of people today and most of them did not even know there was an incident in Davis this week. It blew them away.

    I don’t know what world you guys live in, but in my world, this is a very big deal.

  73. sah

    It might be worthwhile to determine the underlying reason why this incident happened. Apparenty there are issues between groups of students at DHS. These two kids should pay the price for what they did, but punishing them may not solve the real problem.

  74. sah

    It might be worthwhile to determine the underlying reason why this incident happened. Apparenty there are issues between groups of students at DHS. These two kids should pay the price for what they did, but punishing them may not solve the real problem.

  75. sah

    It might be worthwhile to determine the underlying reason why this incident happened. Apparenty there are issues between groups of students at DHS. These two kids should pay the price for what they did, but punishing them may not solve the real problem.

  76. sah

    It might be worthwhile to determine the underlying reason why this incident happened. Apparenty there are issues between groups of students at DHS. These two kids should pay the price for what they did, but punishing them may not solve the real problem.

  77. Anonymous

    Parents and community members tried to convince Jann to run for school board, but she’s so committed to her children and helping other kids at this time. I hope she considers running in the future. She would be great on the school board.

  78. Anonymous

    Parents and community members tried to convince Jann to run for school board, but she’s so committed to her children and helping other kids at this time. I hope she considers running in the future. She would be great on the school board.

  79. Anonymous

    Parents and community members tried to convince Jann to run for school board, but she’s so committed to her children and helping other kids at this time. I hope she considers running in the future. She would be great on the school board.

  80. Anonymous

    Parents and community members tried to convince Jann to run for school board, but she’s so committed to her children and helping other kids at this time. I hope she considers running in the future. She would be great on the school board.

  81. wanting to know

    If you DPD, Irony, Anonymous of all times, actually read what I wrote and interpreted what I said correctly, you would see that I am OUTRAGED by this event. Nowhere did I try to defend the actions of these cowards. What I said was that I hate it when these types of things happen, in Davis or anywhere for that matter. My disagreement is that I don’t think this is front page material and being covered in the Davis Enterprise where it was is appropriate in my judgment. What was there to say about it that wasn’t said? Do we know the full story at this point? I am wanting to know more about the entire story and I think when that is determined it should be front page material with all the facts.

    Yes, I did read the article in the Davis Enterprise long before you posted this delightful article three days before Christmas. I guess there are a lot of front page only readers here in Davis, so if it’s not on the front page it didn’t happen. Maybe they wait to be told by The Vanguard. Whenever someone on this blog is not jumping to conclusions and questions what’s written is immediately slammed for having independent thought and is given a name or labeled as something unpleasant. I detest racism, have been a victim of racism, I do not practice it, or allow it to stand where I have control over it.

    For poster Irony, what you said is laughable. I am posting anonymously because of the people on this blog are so quick to lash out not wanting to hear anything different from their narrow-minded thinking. Almost before I could even release the “enter” key someone responded telling me my thoughts were ignorant and I was ignorant of the issues. Unless your name is “Irony” I find what you say ironic but I won’t say ignorant. Posting in this manner also protects my family from having to endure crap from those that would bring them into this discussion involuntarily.

    I also read the Op-Ed today that Jann wrote and I thought it was excellent. Maybe you will post it in your follow-up next week for those that only read the front page. I concede on the community leader title, I guess it’s how you define it.

  82. wanting to know

    If you DPD, Irony, Anonymous of all times, actually read what I wrote and interpreted what I said correctly, you would see that I am OUTRAGED by this event. Nowhere did I try to defend the actions of these cowards. What I said was that I hate it when these types of things happen, in Davis or anywhere for that matter. My disagreement is that I don’t think this is front page material and being covered in the Davis Enterprise where it was is appropriate in my judgment. What was there to say about it that wasn’t said? Do we know the full story at this point? I am wanting to know more about the entire story and I think when that is determined it should be front page material with all the facts.

    Yes, I did read the article in the Davis Enterprise long before you posted this delightful article three days before Christmas. I guess there are a lot of front page only readers here in Davis, so if it’s not on the front page it didn’t happen. Maybe they wait to be told by The Vanguard. Whenever someone on this blog is not jumping to conclusions and questions what’s written is immediately slammed for having independent thought and is given a name or labeled as something unpleasant. I detest racism, have been a victim of racism, I do not practice it, or allow it to stand where I have control over it.

    For poster Irony, what you said is laughable. I am posting anonymously because of the people on this blog are so quick to lash out not wanting to hear anything different from their narrow-minded thinking. Almost before I could even release the “enter” key someone responded telling me my thoughts were ignorant and I was ignorant of the issues. Unless your name is “Irony” I find what you say ironic but I won’t say ignorant. Posting in this manner also protects my family from having to endure crap from those that would bring them into this discussion involuntarily.

    I also read the Op-Ed today that Jann wrote and I thought it was excellent. Maybe you will post it in your follow-up next week for those that only read the front page. I concede on the community leader title, I guess it’s how you define it.

  83. wanting to know

    If you DPD, Irony, Anonymous of all times, actually read what I wrote and interpreted what I said correctly, you would see that I am OUTRAGED by this event. Nowhere did I try to defend the actions of these cowards. What I said was that I hate it when these types of things happen, in Davis or anywhere for that matter. My disagreement is that I don’t think this is front page material and being covered in the Davis Enterprise where it was is appropriate in my judgment. What was there to say about it that wasn’t said? Do we know the full story at this point? I am wanting to know more about the entire story and I think when that is determined it should be front page material with all the facts.

    Yes, I did read the article in the Davis Enterprise long before you posted this delightful article three days before Christmas. I guess there are a lot of front page only readers here in Davis, so if it’s not on the front page it didn’t happen. Maybe they wait to be told by The Vanguard. Whenever someone on this blog is not jumping to conclusions and questions what’s written is immediately slammed for having independent thought and is given a name or labeled as something unpleasant. I detest racism, have been a victim of racism, I do not practice it, or allow it to stand where I have control over it.

    For poster Irony, what you said is laughable. I am posting anonymously because of the people on this blog are so quick to lash out not wanting to hear anything different from their narrow-minded thinking. Almost before I could even release the “enter” key someone responded telling me my thoughts were ignorant and I was ignorant of the issues. Unless your name is “Irony” I find what you say ironic but I won’t say ignorant. Posting in this manner also protects my family from having to endure crap from those that would bring them into this discussion involuntarily.

    I also read the Op-Ed today that Jann wrote and I thought it was excellent. Maybe you will post it in your follow-up next week for those that only read the front page. I concede on the community leader title, I guess it’s how you define it.

  84. wanting to know

    If you DPD, Irony, Anonymous of all times, actually read what I wrote and interpreted what I said correctly, you would see that I am OUTRAGED by this event. Nowhere did I try to defend the actions of these cowards. What I said was that I hate it when these types of things happen, in Davis or anywhere for that matter. My disagreement is that I don’t think this is front page material and being covered in the Davis Enterprise where it was is appropriate in my judgment. What was there to say about it that wasn’t said? Do we know the full story at this point? I am wanting to know more about the entire story and I think when that is determined it should be front page material with all the facts.

    Yes, I did read the article in the Davis Enterprise long before you posted this delightful article three days before Christmas. I guess there are a lot of front page only readers here in Davis, so if it’s not on the front page it didn’t happen. Maybe they wait to be told by The Vanguard. Whenever someone on this blog is not jumping to conclusions and questions what’s written is immediately slammed for having independent thought and is given a name or labeled as something unpleasant. I detest racism, have been a victim of racism, I do not practice it, or allow it to stand where I have control over it.

    For poster Irony, what you said is laughable. I am posting anonymously because of the people on this blog are so quick to lash out not wanting to hear anything different from their narrow-minded thinking. Almost before I could even release the “enter” key someone responded telling me my thoughts were ignorant and I was ignorant of the issues. Unless your name is “Irony” I find what you say ironic but I won’t say ignorant. Posting in this manner also protects my family from having to endure crap from those that would bring them into this discussion involuntarily.

    I also read the Op-Ed today that Jann wrote and I thought it was excellent. Maybe you will post it in your follow-up next week for those that only read the front page. I concede on the community leader title, I guess it’s how you define it.

  85. from the darkside

    I hope this is just some kid pulling a prank to get attention.

    I’d like to see more attention to the overall gang problem.

    This includes the B. Boys, Mexican Mafia, skinheads, and others.

  86. from the darkside

    I hope this is just some kid pulling a prank to get attention.

    I’d like to see more attention to the overall gang problem.

    This includes the B. Boys, Mexican Mafia, skinheads, and others.

  87. from the darkside

    I hope this is just some kid pulling a prank to get attention.

    I’d like to see more attention to the overall gang problem.

    This includes the B. Boys, Mexican Mafia, skinheads, and others.

  88. from the darkside

    I hope this is just some kid pulling a prank to get attention.

    I’d like to see more attention to the overall gang problem.

    This includes the B. Boys, Mexican Mafia, skinheads, and others.

  89. 無名 - wu ming

    i hope that the response to this doesn’t get mired in punishment, and actually digs a bit deeper towards reconciling the people involved. this sort of thing is serious precisely because it reveals the waters we all swim in, willingly or not. the grafitti has the sting that it does because of underlying racism that we all immediately “get” when we read or hear it, even as most of us find it abhorrent.

    understanding and restitution will do more to help than either punishment or actively ignoring the problem.

    it’s not an easy thing to deal with, and realistically speaking, we’ll never be able to preempt such acts. but we can do what we can to make sure that as a community we do not endorse such things by our silence or inaction, and not let ourselves collectively off the hook by merely demanding the perpetrators alone are punished and the matter forgotten, ad leaving it at that.

  90. 無名 - wu ming

    i hope that the response to this doesn’t get mired in punishment, and actually digs a bit deeper towards reconciling the people involved. this sort of thing is serious precisely because it reveals the waters we all swim in, willingly or not. the grafitti has the sting that it does because of underlying racism that we all immediately “get” when we read or hear it, even as most of us find it abhorrent.

    understanding and restitution will do more to help than either punishment or actively ignoring the problem.

    it’s not an easy thing to deal with, and realistically speaking, we’ll never be able to preempt such acts. but we can do what we can to make sure that as a community we do not endorse such things by our silence or inaction, and not let ourselves collectively off the hook by merely demanding the perpetrators alone are punished and the matter forgotten, ad leaving it at that.

  91. 無名 - wu ming

    i hope that the response to this doesn’t get mired in punishment, and actually digs a bit deeper towards reconciling the people involved. this sort of thing is serious precisely because it reveals the waters we all swim in, willingly or not. the grafitti has the sting that it does because of underlying racism that we all immediately “get” when we read or hear it, even as most of us find it abhorrent.

    understanding and restitution will do more to help than either punishment or actively ignoring the problem.

    it’s not an easy thing to deal with, and realistically speaking, we’ll never be able to preempt such acts. but we can do what we can to make sure that as a community we do not endorse such things by our silence or inaction, and not let ourselves collectively off the hook by merely demanding the perpetrators alone are punished and the matter forgotten, ad leaving it at that.

  92. 無名 - wu ming

    i hope that the response to this doesn’t get mired in punishment, and actually digs a bit deeper towards reconciling the people involved. this sort of thing is serious precisely because it reveals the waters we all swim in, willingly or not. the grafitti has the sting that it does because of underlying racism that we all immediately “get” when we read or hear it, even as most of us find it abhorrent.

    understanding and restitution will do more to help than either punishment or actively ignoring the problem.

    it’s not an easy thing to deal with, and realistically speaking, we’ll never be able to preempt such acts. but we can do what we can to make sure that as a community we do not endorse such things by our silence or inaction, and not let ourselves collectively off the hook by merely demanding the perpetrators alone are punished and the matter forgotten, ad leaving it at that.

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