NewsDog Walker's Home Set On Fire After Receiving Racist Packages

Dog Walker’s Home Set On Fire After Receiving Racist Packages

by Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton

After receiving two racist packages within the last month, the San Francisco home of Terry Williams was set on fire.

An investigation is underway after the home of a San Francisco Black man, who was recently peppered with racist taunts, was set on fire.

The parents were “essentially trapped upstairs,” according to the firefighters. One tried to escape the flames but was “overcome by the heat and smoke” and had to be helped out of the fire. Both are expected to fully recover.

When the fire was set, Williams was talking to the Mayor’s Office about racist incidents that had occurred at his residence when he received a phone call about the fire. The mayor’s chief officer of criminal justice and public safety, James Caldwell, confirmed that Williams received the call in his presence. Caldwell drove Williams to the scene after the notification.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Williams said at the home. “I didn’t even know what happened. I wasn’t here.”

The Standard reported that Williams, a dog walker, received two packages in the last month that included a blackface doll with a noose around its neck with racist slurs written on it. The first one appeared at his front door on April 26; the next arrived on May 5. Police started an investigation to find out who was involved, but no suspect has been identified yet.
“Any investigation—even if there weren’t the issues that are attached to this house—takes [time],” Baxter said. “We’re aware of the items that are attached to the address, but we address every fire the same: with tenacity to find the origin and the cause of the fire.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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