New York Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock has become the latest person to be victimized by a string of hate crimes sweeping through the tri-state area.
When Whitlock returned home Tuesday night, he discovered that his Moonachie, N.J., apartment had been broken into and several items had been stolen. But the most disturbing part of the break-in was what the perpetrators left behind.
Inside the apartment, Whitlock discovered a graffitied swastika along with letters “KKK” and the words “Go Back To Africa” scrawled across the walls, according to CBS New York.
“It just re-establishes that no matter where you are, no matter who you are, this can happen to you,” Whitlock said, per CBS New York.
Along with the images, the vandals also left the last name of President-elect Donald Trump on one of Whitlock’s walls. The thieves stole jewelry and video games, but most importantly they robbed Whitlock and his family of their sense of security.
“It’s about to be 2017. Oppression, violence, racism, hatred, violence, there’s no need for that,” Whitlock said.
The 25-year old fullback has spent the entire season on injured reserve.
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