A Black family in Texas says they’re the victim of a hate crime after their two cars were set on fire and their house was vandalized with the phrase “Trump 20″ last week, which they believe was a response to their “Black Lives Matter” sign.
Jayla Gipson, 36, told NBC News her 21-year-old son was using the restroom shortly after midnight last Wednesday when he smelled smoke, went outside and then made the discovery.
“It’s definitely a hate crime,” Gipson said. “‘Trump 2020’ was sprayed on our garage, our ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign was spray painted, and our cars were engulfed in flames.”
Police are investigating after two cars were set on fire and a garage door was spray-painted at the home of a Black family in Little Elm, Texas.Jayla Gipson
Police in Little Elm, a Dallas suburb, said officers and firefighters responded to Gipson’s house after a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire and vandalism on the home’s garage. No arrests or injuries were reported, but an investigation was underway, police said.
Photos from the scene show missing car parts, black soot surrounding the vehicles and front bumpers completely burned to ashes.
Gipson said she has never experienced any acts of hate since moving to Little Elm in 2017. She attributes Wednesday’s incident to the “Black Lives Matter” sign the family placed in their front yard the day before Thanksgiving.
Two cars were set on fire in the driveway.Jayla Gipson
“It’s horrible,” she said. “Had that sign not…