Black Family’s Home Firebombed By Racists
A Los Angeles family whose house was firebombed early Wednesday, causing $200,000 worth of damage, said they considered moving away, convinced they were the targets of a hate crime.
But Ronald and Malissia Clinton have chosen to stay after being inundated with support from the local community in Manhattan Beach.
The couple believe there is no other reason for the attack – where a gasoline-filled tire was set alight, blowing out the front of their house at 2.30am – other than the fact they’re black.
“I don’t have proof, I don’t have any type of motive, but I do have a gut,” Mr Clinton told My Fox LA. “And I tell you- my gut tells me this was racially motivated. And it was somebody that had the intent to harm, injure or even kill us.”
Mr Clinton, a pharmacist, was sleep when the attack occurred. He said he woke to the sound of at least two explosions. His wife, a corporate lawyer, was away on business. He quickly got his three children up, grabbed the family dog and ran outside. He then used a garden hose to douse the flames at the front of the house until firefighters arrived to finish the job.
The house was bought in 2013 for $3.5 million. The fire department confirmed the incident was arson.
Sad that the family had to deal with such hate. Thankfully, no one was hurt and hopefully the culprit will be caught soon.