Community rallies around interracial couple in Berea, Kentucky

Lexington Herald-LeaderJuly 14, 2011 

When Damon Dunson and Melanie Stamper of Berea woke up one morning last week, they said they couldn't believe that someone had used spray paint and markers to write racial slurs on their vehicles.

"I was angry, but at the same time I knew whoever did it was ignorant," said Dunson, who is black.

"They spelled the n-word three different ways," said Stamper, his girlfriend, who is white.

The message left on Stamper's Jeep, she said, told her to get out of the neighborhood.

But the couple said that in the aftermath of the incident, people in Berea have rallied around them, inviting them to a potluck to discuss discrimination and creating a fund to help pay to repair the vehicles.

"It was a pretty bad shock to many of us in the community," said Mae Suramek, who set up the fund at U.S. Bank. "Many people wanted to make it known as a community that this would not be tolerated."

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