Black Church, Saint Paul Tabernacle Baptist, in Bayview, California, Vandalized with Racist Graffiti

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An African-American church in the Bayview was targeted by racist vandals on Friday, KTVU reports.

The perpetrators broke into the Saint Paul Tabernacle Baptist Church, where they covered the walls with what KTVU describes as “hate-filled and racist graffiti.” The office of the church’s pastor, Rev. Greg Valentine, was also vandalized, large mirrors were smashed, and bleach was poured onto every single pew.

Because nothing of value was stolen, Church Deacon Marvin Osborne told KTVU he believes they were victims of a hate crime.

According to SFPD Officer Albie Esparza, the police are investigating the act as a hate crime.

The San Francisco chapter of SURJ (Standing up for Racial Justice) has started a fundraising page to help the congregation pay for repairs. SURJ is an organization of white people committed to opposing racism.

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Source: San Francisco Weekly | Julia Carrie Wong

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