‘We can’t pretend it didn’t happen’: Ottawa family speaks out about racist graffiti

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    ‘We can’t pretend it didn’t happen’: Ottawa family speaks out about racist graffiti

    A family whose home was spray painted with a racial slur is calling on Ottawa police to do more to combat hate crimes.

    Nearly two weeks ago, someone wrote “N–gers, out!” in black letters on the garage door of Archille Konga’s Merganser Street home in the city’s east end.

    Konga’s wife was woken up by a neighbour ringing their doorbell at 2 a.m. to point out the graffiti.

    “It was very, very shocking. When she called [me], she couldn’t believe what happened. She was really devastated,” Konga told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning.

    Konga had been out of town, and his wife was home with their three children between the ages of 10 and 16.

    His immediate reaction was to cover the slur, hiding the writing out of shame.

    It happened in Ottawa. In Canada.- Archille Konga

    But a few hours later, Konga said, they reconsidered.

    “We can’t hide these. We can’t pretend it didn’t happen,” he said. “It did happen, and it happened in Ottawa. In Canada.”

    Three officers came by their house later that Saturday morning, but Konga said he heard a few days later the investigation may have been put on hold a few days because there were no leads.

    The home of Archille Konga’s family on Merganser Street near the Aviation Parkway was recently the target of racist graffiti. (Supplied)

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    Two days after that, however, Konga said officers told him the investigation was still open. He now wants to know whether the file was ever closed in the first place.

    He also…

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