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Todd Dills

Nashville driver reaches out to targets of hate graffiti

| February 22, 2010

This story, published in the Nashville, Tenn.-based daily City Paper, highlights the efforts of a truck driver to represent the best of his community to a group of Somali immigrants and their house of worship. When the Al-Farooq Islamic Center, a community meeting hall and mosque, was tagged with the words “Muslims Go Home” and a cross symbol on Wednesday, Feb. 11, it was a self-described “unemployed truck driver” who showed up first with a can of block and some paint brushes, the City Paper reported. Kudos to “Tim,” as the driver gave his name. As he told the paper: “‘When I saw it, I just broke down crying… I went straight to Home Depot and bought a gallon of paint.’ As he handed over the paint he said, ‘I can’t tell you how sorry I am. I hope you know that [this act] doesn’t represent my city. Again, I can’t tell you how sorry I am.'”

Read the full story here.

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