Hatemongers Deface Texas Church Van

Published May 8, 2009

The pastor of a Dallas-area church discovered the new van he had received as a gift had been turned into a collage of racist, sexually graphic messages.

Cedric Malone, 37, pastor of a Grand Prairie church said that his son saw the hateful language while walking to school Tuesday morning. He described the Nazi swastika to The Associated Press but said the other stuff was too foul to talk about.

"I've seen this sort of thing before, but it never actually happened to me," Malone said. "It shocks me more than anything, but it really just shows me where we're at as far as the racial issue. It shows we have a long way to go."   He said that several of his White neighbors who saw the writing on the van expressed their disgust.

Bedford Police Lt. Kirk Roberts, said that no arrests had been reported by Thursday. He also said he had gotten no other such reports. Malone said he forgives whoever did the racist act.

"I'm thinking, 'Do I have to move now? Do I have to buy some protections for my family?'" he asked. "But, the more I pray on it, I put it in God's hands. I believe everything happens for the purpose of building you up. We're going to come out on top."

Written by BET.com Staff

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