A church in Seattle was targeted with racist, anti-Asian messages this week, marking the fourth such incident on the property in 2021.
Graffitied messages in the parking lot of the International Full Gospel Fellowship Church on Monday included statements like “China, you will pay” and “f— China,” KOMO News in Seattle reported. Another message said “go home.”
When reached for comment, the Seattle Police Department said it could not confirm whether a report had been filed over the incident.
Church leaders told KOMO that they received similar anti-Asian messages earlier this year — once in January and twice in February. All of the messages focused on China, they said.
“I was so nervous [because] I’ve not really been exposed to this hate crime thing, at first,” Anastasia Antonius, who works at the church, told the outlet. “It’s just really concerning.”
Church leaders said only about 5 percent of their congregation is of Chinese descent, as well teachers at their day care who are from China.
“It doesn’t make sense. Our teachers are so gentle and nice,” Antonious told KOMO.
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