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Neighbors painted over racial slurs while family was on vacation

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A family in Tenino, Washington, packed up their motor home and left for a family vacation last week. While they were gone, both their house and truck were vandalized with racial slurs. 


According to CNN, while the Phillips family was away, word spread about the racist graffiti and neighbors sprung into action. 

Neighbors painted over racial slurs while family was on vacation

Community member Heidi Russell didn't want the incident to ruin the family's vacation so she posted an all-call on Facebook. 

"I would like to have a work party meet up tomorrow morning at 9 am to clean this mess up before the kids get home and see this," Russell wrote on Facebook. "I want the racist cowards to know that we WILL NOT stand for this in our small town."

Friends, neighbors, strangers and even rival football teams all showed up and got to work. 

The red graffiti on the house and the car was scrubbed off and repainted by the time the Phillips got home Saturday. 

Marvin Phillips said what touched him the most was a photo of his friend and her 2-year-old daughter at the cleanup. He told Sinclair Broadcasting affiliate KOMO that his friend was "holding her 2-year-old daughter and she was holding a paintbrush, painting out the n-word." 

I'm grateful it happened, because my kids continue to act like we just had a big greeting party when we came home.
Marvin Phillips

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