WEST TOLEDO (WTOL) - Racist graffiti on a car has disturbed the west Toledo neighborhood on Donnelly Rd., just north of Alexis. Green spray paint was used on Tuesday to plaster graffiti on the white Pontiac Bonneville parked across the street from Joan Coney's house.
Coney noticed the "N" word painted on both sides of the car when she returned home from work Tuesday evening.
"My reaction is shock and awe, to quote our president. Because I thought in this day and age, in 2008, that things had changed. And apparently they really haven't changed at all," Coney said.
Coney does not think her neighbors -- who own the car -- are responsible for the graffiti. Indeed, they have removed the car.
Still, not knowing who left the graffiti makes her worry about her safety.
"I didn't know what else to do. I didn't want to call police because I don't want to stir up any trouble. I'm the only Black on the street so I'm assuming it's directed at myself," Coney said.
Her neighbor didn't want to give his name but says he hopes the graffiti wasn't targeting Coney.
"I don't know if it's hate, spite, disgust -- it could be any of those reasons. But it's uncalled for, it really is," the neighbor said.
While friends were trying to clean off the racist word, the people who own the car told us it probably happened at their son's place of business earlier in the day and that it didn't target Coney.
Coney sees it differently.
"I will not be convinced unless I know for sure, for sure," she said.