ADL Responds to Suspicious Fire, Racist Graffiti at Home of Georgia Obama Supporter
January 20, 2009, Atlanta, GA…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called the destruction of a Forsyth County home in a suspicious fire, as well as racist graffiti found at the scene "a terrible reminder that even on this day of history, racism remains a virulent threat in America."
ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut said that "Despite the tide of hope and good will that is sweeping across this country because of the inauguration of Barack Obama, it's sad to note that racism remains a potent force in America."
Nigut commended Forsyth County fire and police officials for their aggressive investigation of the fire at the home of Obama supporter Pam Graf. "We've talked to the authorities in Forsyth and they assure us they are pursing this as a terroristic threat against Ms. Graf," Nigut said. "One of the messages seemed to imply a threat against President-elect Obama, and authorities are pursing this with the appropriate federal agencies."
Nigut also said he does not believe the incident reflects the feelings of the vast majority of people who live in Forsyth County, and who are "people of good will."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.