Vandals spray painted racist symbols in an Atlanta subdivision (159512)
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Atlanta, GA (WGCL) — The NAACP is calling attention to a string of racist graffiti found in a metro Atlanta subdivision, but they aren’t welcomed by everyone.

“We need to make sure we denounce this,” said NAACP member Eugene Edwards.

The KKK, swastikas and other racist and offensive language was spray-painted on mailboxes, cars and garage doors in the Fears Mill subdivision in Henry County, which is southeast of Atlanta.

Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer says police are close to catching up with the suspects.

“Whether it is racially motivated, I don’t know,” says McBrayer. “I think it’s going to be kids and I think this will be resolved real soon.”

Some neighbors told CBS46 they want the case to be investigated as a hate crime.

“When things like this happen, people need to be made aware of it,” said Tonya Rays, who had a car in her home vandalized with the letters “KKK.”

But others said they would rather the NAACP stay out of it.

“We’re also giving whoever did this the publicity they want,” said one man who did not want to share his name.