A North Carolina business owner arrived at work Wednesday to find a noose and the words, “We are here! KKK” spray-painted on his property, local Fox8 reports.
Todd Hale, the owner of Clarence Hale Auto Parts near Eden, a town that borders Virginia to the north, reported the incident to police.
“This needs to stop,” Hale said. “Nobody… you shouldn’t have to come in and see this.”
While the Klan message was spray-painted on a motor home parked on his property, other obscene messages were painted on the road, according to Fox8. The noose was tied to the fence that surrounds his business.
“People that’s doing this, stop it,” Hale said.
The incident is the latest in a series of racially-charged incidents in the South since a white supremacist massacred unarmed black church goers in Charleston last month.
Over the weekend, white men in pickup trucks with Confederate flags flying from the back were caught on video driving by a black child’s birthday party and shouting racial epithets. The woman who posted the video said they threatened to “kill y’all n***ers.”
A black Tennessee Army veteran was outside her Tennessee home recently when two white men in a Confederate flag-decorated pickup truck drove by and called her and her family “motherf*cking n***ers.” The veteran, identified only as “Sergeant Briscoe,” has been dealing with harassment by racists for 10 years.
A KKK Confederate flag rally earlier this month ended with chaos after Klan supporters taunted counter-protesters and bystanders with ugly racial remarks, including taunting a person with “gorilla” gestures. The rally was against South Carolina lawmakers’ decision to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in honor of the Charleston shooting victims.
The weekend after the Charleston shooting, a chapter of the KKK launched a nationwide recruiting drive, dropping candy and flyers in California, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia. A recorded message on the phone number from the flyer hailed the “victory” of Dylann Roof, the self-proclaimed racist that has been charged with the Charleston massacre.
Watch the report from Fox8 here: