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Independence man finds his car vandalized

25 July 2011 General 2 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Map of America, Missouri

By Nima Shaffe, Multi-Media Journalist

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) –

An Independence man faced a stunning discovery when he walked out to his car Friday morning. The vandalism he saw done to his car prompted him to call the police.

Imagine you’re getting ready for a job interview. You head out the door and are greeted with bad news. For Fred Soltani and his wife Stacy, Friday was just an ordinary day until Soltani’s wife walked out the door.

“We were getting ready for work, my wife was getting ready for work and she was about to pull out of the driveway and noticed my car’s windshield had something wrong with it,” said Soltani.

What she saw included a shattered windshield and a swastika and racial slur aimed at those in the Hispanic community written in white paint on the hood.

“First reaction was ‘oh my god, this can’t be happening,'” said Soltani.

Soltani is a first generation Iranian-American and has lived in his Independence neighborhood for several years. He says he hasn’t ever seen this type of activity in the area before.

“In the neighborhood that we’ve lived here, for about four years, almost four years come November, nothing’s happened that we know about – that is racial profiling like this,” said Soltani.

After the surprise wore off, Soltani told KCTV5’s Nima Shaffe he felt a combination of emotions.

“I feel violated at the same time because this is a random act of aggressiveness in that it’s, in my terms, a cowardly act,” said Soltani.

Now he says it’s time to move on.

“Whoever done it, I forgive you. That’s one thing about being a good Christian,” said Soltani.

Soltani tells KCTV5’s Nima Shaffe he filed a police report. Independence Police are now investigating.

Copyright 2011 KCTV. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments »

  1. Bigots can’t even tell the difference between the people they target. Ignorance is supposed to be bliss, not something that gets you all riled up. *shaking head*

  2. Michelle:

    That’s true.

    Bigots usually generalize and judge others based on their misunderstanding (READ: EXTREME IGNORANCE) of one’s apparent faith, practices and/or appearances.

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