N. Toledo neighborhood divided over race

"I just think the parents don't give a damn about the kids, to be honest with you," Raymond Larcom says.
"I just think the parents don't give a damn about the kids, to be honest with you," Raymond Larcom says.
Jessica Vasquez says the neighborhood would improve if a certain person just moved out.
Jessica Vasquez says the neighborhood would improve if a certain person just moved out.

TOLEDO -- A situation in north Toledo is aiming a spotlight on the kind of racist sensibilities that seem to be shaping, at least in part, the presidential race, reports News 11's Jonathan Walsh.

The problems are centered around the intersection of Baker and Elm. Toledo police tell us they are very familiar with the problems, and neighbors confirm those problems have divided the neighborhood for a very long time.

"Throwing bricks at people's houses, their cars and everything else," Raymond Larcom says about what kids are doing to his house. "The reason I called earlier is because they threw a brick at that house over there and nobody does anything and them people don't bother nobody."

The woman in the pink at the front door of the house Larcom mentioned would not go on camera but says she owns the house and another one where young kids in her family have had rocks thrown at them while on a trampoline.

"I don' t know what the deal is. I just think the parents don't give a damn about the kids, to be honest with you," Larcom says.

Jessica Vasquez lives in the neighborhood and says the problems run deep with the white families on the block.

"They're always calling the kids n**gers and stuff like that, and spics and all that you know," Vasquez says.

Police are being called out a lot and kids are staying inside and being told to avoid certain homes.

"We tell the kids to stay away from their house because of how prejudiced they are. We don't even want to go over there," Vasquez says.

Residents are not confident there will be a solution to this problem.

"Aint' nothin' going to happen so it's just a waste of time to be honest with you," Larcom says.

But Vasquez has a different idea. "If she moved out the neighborhood a lot of stuff would be better around the neighborhood -- for the kids and for everybody else," Vasquez says.

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