RACISM: Jackson Yamba’s front door was vandalised with hateful graffiti
A DAD has thanked those who have sent him messages of support and solidarity after the words “no blacks” were spray painted on his front door.
Jackson Yamba, 38, who has lived in Salford for six years, was recently joined in the city by his 10-year-old son.
Yamba shared a picture of the racist graffiti that was painted on his door on Twitter after he grew frustrated that the incident, which occurred over a week ago, had yet to be investigated by Greater Manchester Police who said they did not have enough staff to look into it.
“My front door in Salford was painted over a week ago with this abhorrent racist graffiti – after reporting it to @gmpolice they still haven’t been here to investigate. How do I assure my traumatised 10 year old that he is safe in his home?”
Yamba’s tweet were retweeted more than 13,000 times and has attracted thousands of comments.
My front door in Salford was painted over a week ago with this abhorrent racist graffiti – after reporting it to @gmpolice they still haven’t been here to investigate. How do I assure my traumatised 10 year old that he is safe in his home? @BBCBreaking @RLong_Bailey @guardian pic.twitter.com/WjGEz9rT7e
— Jackson Yamba (@JacksonYamba) February 16, 2019
One response to Jackson’s tweet came directly from Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.
He wrote: “Jackson, I have only just seen this and can only apologise. I have asked the duty Assistant Chief Constable to ensure we visit you and investigate immediately. I have asked for a personal update as to why we haven’t done so to date.”
Reacting to Jackson’s claim that police told him there were “no staff” available to deal with the issue, Hopkins said: “That is frankly just not good enough. There may have been other issues at the time, but we should have followed up quickly. It’s an appalling crime you and your family have suffered.”
The writing also appeared on another two doors in their block.
David, Yamba’s son, was reportedly so unsettled by the attack that he shed tears when he saw it and was scared to live in the family home.
— Jackson Yamba (@JacksonYamba) February 17, 2019
PICTURED: Jackson Yamba and his son David
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Yamba, said the graffiti appeared just days after him and his son moved into the property.
“I was taking David to school and we noticed it on the front door and on three communal doors in the flats too.”
Yamba, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said it is the worst kind of attack that he has ever experienced.
“It’s the worst type of hate that’s ever happened to me since I came here, I couldn’t speak English when I moved here,” he told Manchester Evening News.
He added: “I now have to explain to my son that not everybody here is like this, a lot of people are nice and it’s just a few who are like this.
“My first worry was that if they’ve done this, they can go further. Do they know where my son goes to school?”
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