Black Family's $3.5-Million Home Firebombed
A California family whose $3.5 million home was firebombed last week claims racism was the primary motive, according to reports.
Ronald Clinton told My Fox LA that he and his three children were sleeping in their Manhattan Beach home when they woke up to the sound of two explosions around 2am Wednesday. When Clinton walked to the front of the home, he felt intense heat from a fire that engulfed the front door. Clinton gathered his three children and took them to safety. His wife was out of town at the time.
No one was injured, but the firebombing caused more than $200,000 in damage. Clinton says he doesn’t have any beefs with anyone and notes that his is one of the few African-American families in the neighborhood. There is only one reason he feels his home would have been targeted.
"I don't have proof, I don't have any type of motive, but I do have a gut," said Clinton, who is a pharmacist. "And I tell you my gut tells me this was racially motivated. And it was somebody that had the intent to harm, injure or even kill us."
Clinton’s wife, Malissia Clinton, a corporate lawyer, agreed with her husband’s conclusion in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.
“It was someone who felt animosity toward us, and it was unwarranted, undeserved, so it was a hate crime no matter how you call it,” she said.
ABC7 Los Angeles reports that the FBI has offered assistance and the ATF has been notified. The Clintons say that trash and drug paraphernalia has been dumped at their front door in the past.
Clinton was so upset over the firebombing he wondered if the family should move out of the neighborhood. The family decided to stay, especially after the outpouring of support from the community. Friday night, 700 people people showed up at a vigil organized by the community.
"This is not what our community is all about and we're going to get the person who did this," Manhattan Beach mayor Wayne Powell said, according to ABC7 Los Angeles.
"We don't think that the community is racist. We think an individual or individuals are racist," Malissia Clinton added.
So far, law enforcement has been unsuccessful in finding the criminals responsible for the firebombing. Anyone with information on the attack is asked to contact Fire Investigator Mike Murrey at (310) 345-0467.
A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to raise reward money for anyone who can help the cops find the people who attacked the family. So far, more than $30,000 has been raised.
Clinton says the support has been overwhelming.
“Whatever I felt as far as being afraid to be in this community snapped back really quick," he told CBS Los Angeles. “Very quickly, I realized [what happened] was not a reflection on the people that are here.”