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Racist Graffiti Found On Road In Transylvania County

Photo submitted to BPR, verified by the Transylvania Sheriff's Office
The vandalism occured on Highway 215 near the Blue Ridge Parkway. This part says 'white lives matter.'

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is investigating vandalism on Highway 215 near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Spray paint reading, “KKK,” “white lives matter” and “rednecks” was reported yesterday afternoon on the road near a bridge. The office says that this is racist and that "KKK" stands for the Klu Klux Klan, a white supremacist hate group. 

Credit Photo submitted to BPR, verified by the Transylvania Sheriff's Office
Also spray-painted on the road was "white lives matter" and "rednecks," according to the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office report.

Chief Deputy Eddie Gunter says that there haven’t been any similar incidents this year. 

“We haven’t had any problems at all in Transylvania County throughout this whole election process. Other than that very limited vandalism on a couple of signs - and it was just a couple of signs that was not widespread across the county," said Gunter. 

He’s referring to an incident in which someone vandalized two campaign signs for Donald Trump with swastikas. The suspect hasn’t been caught so, Gunter says he isn’t sure of the motivation.

The highway is a state road so the North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for dealing with the vandalism, according to Gunter.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.