This week, when I was in vacation at Disney World, my mailbox was trashed and vandalized. It looks like someone took a baseball bat to it and smashed it. I initially thought it might have been truck reversing and damaged by accident. Then one of my neighbors emailed me to say their mailbox was also smashed. They are of Chinese origin and we are from Indian. Needless to say, in the current political environment in the US, this feels strongly like a hate crime.
We did complain to the police but nothing much can be done.
In so many years of living in the United States, I’ve never had any racist experiences. I’ve never felt like I was unwelcome or had an uncomfortable moment in any way. In 7 years of home ownership, nothing of this sort has every happened. For the first time, I feel nervous and scared of living in my own home. I feel unwelcome in my town.
Perhaps I am being impetuous in naming this as a hate crime but I need to look at this from my every angle for my family’s safety. I’m not sure where to go from here but I have to make sure I do all I can to keep my family safe.