SOUTH BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A white woman in a mostly white neighborhood in South Buffalo believes she was targeted because she has black friends.
Tracy Folvarcik explained, "I parked my car last night at like nine o 'clock and came out this morning to racial slurs. And they didn't only refer it to me but they must've also referred it to my daughters."
"I have African American friends come into my house, which you don't see on this street at all, and I think that might be part of the trigger."
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She called police and then News 4. When we arrived, a police detective was on the scene examining the permanent marker vandalism to her minivan, which she had to drive to her son's moving up day from fourth grade.
"But I put tape across it because I didn't people seeing me driving with this. I've tried to scrub it, but it's not coming off," Folvarcik said. "My kids were standing out here stunned because I don't teach my kids that word. They don't know that word. They don't say that word. And that's something that everybody should be teaching their kids."
Folvarcik has lived in South Buffalo for over 10 years. She's lived on Bloomfield, near South Park and Tifft, for just over one year.
News 4 spoke with a few African American residents who say they've lived in the area for years and have never been targeted. However, they can point to other isolated incidents like this.
Five years ago someone burned a cross on a front lawn of the home belonging to a mixed race couple just a few blocks away. And last June, in South Buffalo's Valley neighborhood, we found racial graffiti in a park.
Resident Michael Murphy said, "Mentality like this yes, a little bit. I mean, it's not too out in the open but if you're around some people, you'll hear some things that aren't becoming of a man today, I guess. I can't believe in 2013 that this is still going on."
Folvarcik added, "Somewhere down the line, sooner or later, it's got to be stopped. And if enough people complain about it, hopefully one day they will get to the bottom of it."
Police say this remains under investigation and add they have not had any similar complaints lately. But with this new incident, Folvarcik realizes now she may have been targeted before.
"In the last couple weeks, I've had two flat ties in the back. Nail in one tire, screw in another tire, and then a bolt in the tire after that," she said. "It's just getting outrageous."
"Every part of South Buffalo is different. You've got some good parts, you've got some bad parts, but it's a shame that everybody can't get along."
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