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This morning I was made aware of a horribly racist event targeting a Black San Francisco native at his home near Alamo Square.

On Friday, April 26th, Terry Williams woke up to take his dogs for a walk in Alamo Square only to find a ziplock bag sitting on his step. In it was a doll, painted black and covered in racist slurs, that had a noose around its neck.

The doll found on Terry Williams doorstep. Photo via Reddit

A friend of mine reached out to me with the information about this hate crime saying:

This horrific racial incident happened on my block to my neighbor and former dog walker. He wants to increase media attention to get the police to do something. This is not the first time he’s experienced some serious racism here. Would your writers be interested in learning more so we could “encourage” the SFPD to figure out who did this? He’s not getting much help from them. Warning – it’s really offensive and appalling.

And she’s right, it is really offensive and appalling.

Along with the doll was a print out listing a whole litany of racist terms for Black people.

The list of racist slurs that accompanied the doll. Photo via San Francisco Bayview National Black Newspaper 

While I’m appalled at the severe racism here, I am at least impressed by the perpetrator’s incredible stupidity. If you’ll notice at the top of the middle column, the idiot managed to spell the N-word wrong. If you’re a racist who can’t even properly spell what is arguably the most racist word in the English language, you’re really fucking bad at being a racist. That’s like being a racer driver but not knowing how to drive. But I digress…

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As reported by Griffin Jones in the San Francisco Bayview National Black Newspaper, Williams called the police who took a statement and collected the bag and doll as evidence. While the police have stated that the case “is being actively investigated as a hate crime” no progress has been made in the investigation.

As Jones explains, “Williams told the Bay View that, based on what police told him, he wasn’t confident their work would yield much. So far, Williams has taken matters into his own hands, asking neighbors next door and across the street for security camera footage. In total, he was able to get ahold of video from five different cameras.”

The suspect in the hate crime against Terry Williams walks up the southern side of Grove Street toward Steiner Street and Alamo Square Park. Photo via San Francisco Bayview National Black Newspaper 

As Jones further explains, “When Williams shared the videos with police, officers told him the footage was grainy and unlikely to help. They suggested that, after turning around and heading back up Grove Street, the person may have gotten into a car.”

Williams though believes the suspect lives in the neighborhood. He told the SF BayView that he’s had problems with other dog owners and neighbors in the park before and some of these conflicts have had racial tones to them.

Police ask that anyone with information contact SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411, beginning the message with SFPD.

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