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Vandals spray swastika on car in Canyon Country

Unusual reference to Confederacy also painted on black woman’s Camaro

Posted: July 28, 2008 1:37 a.m.
Updated: September 28, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Investigators with the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station are this week investigating an apparent hate crime in Canyon Country which, according to the official report, exhibits an obscure reference to the Confederacy.

A racist slogan and symbol spray-painted on a car belonging to a black woman have sheriff’s deputies following up on both a vandalism and a hate crime.

On the morning of July 20, sometime during Saturday or Saturday night, a 40-year-old woman who lives in Canyon Country woke to find her blue 2001 Chevy Camaro spray-painted with gray paint.

The vandals struck sometime in the 24 hours before the vandalism was noticed.

The incident happened on Scherzinger Lane and Sierra Highway.

The vandals spray-painted the word “CONFEderator” near the hood near the front bumper with each letter about the length of a person’s forearm. Only the first five letters of the word are upper case.

The vandals also spray-painted a swastika about the same size, about 18 inches.

A symbol used by many cultures during the past 3,000 years, the swastika — a cross with the arms bent at right angles in a clockwise direction — was made infamous by the Nazis in Germany, who used it as their insignia from Adolph Hitler's rise to power in 1933 until his death and Germany's defeat in 1945. The swastika came to symbolize the Nazis' push to develop and promote a white race.

“Due to the fact a swastika symbol was spray-painted on the vehicle this should be considered a hate crime. The (victim) is a black female and the swastika is a symbol associated with white supremacy,” the deputy wrote in his report.

“Also, the Confederator is a word that separates racist white groups and people from minorities,” he added.

Webster’s Dictionary, published at the turn of the 19th century, defines “confederator” simply as, a confederate.

In turn, the word confederate as an adjective is defined by the Collins Essential English Dictionary as “supporting those American states which withdrew from the USA in 1860–61, leading to the American Civil War.”

The racists also spray-painted two other cars in the same area, using sexual - not racist - references.

On a white Mitsubishi, owned by a white male, they “spray-painted in gray depicting the picture of a penis and an unknown circular design,” the deputy wrote in his report.

On a third parked vehicle, owned by a second white male, a white Toyota, vandals was “spray-painted in gray depicting the picture of a penis and a happy face,” according to the same report.

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