PEORIA — Emanuelle Bailey-Green, 21, recently graduated from Bradley University and moved into a home in the 1400 block of North Sheridan Road with her boyfriend.
On Thursday, the day the black couple moved in, they left the house for less than two hours and came home to find racial slurs written on the doors and windows.
“Even though people want to believe that racism is something that happened back in the day, back in the ’50s, it’s still something that’s prevalent today,” Bailey-Green said Friday. “I’m not saying that Peoria is any more racist than any other town, but racism is not gone.”
Police responded to her residence and attempted to contact a neighbor who allegedly yelled at the couple earlier in the day.
Knocks on the door went unanswered, according to a Peoria police report listing criminal defacement, disorderly conduct and hate crime among the offenses.
A neighbor, a white male, yelled and threw plastic bottles at his new neighbors throughout the day.
“I’m just going to leave it up to them (the police). I’m not going to confront him,” Bailey-Green said. “You can try to reason with them (the neighbors) and confront them, but I’m not going to be that person.”
Bailey-Green said she won’t let the incident sway her from staying in her new home. She will remain at the residence, though the landlord said the graffiti won’t be removed until Monday.
Laura Nightengale can be reached at 686-3181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @lauranight.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story indicated the boyfriend’s name although he wasn’t reached for comment.
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