Hate Crime Targets Black Eugenean's Car, Driveway

Feb 16, 2021

A Black resident in Eugene’s River Road area is grateful for the support he’s received after his car was vandalized with a racist slur.

Ronald Visconti's car with a racist slur against Blacks sprayed across its side. Note that the offending word has been obscured by KLCC.
Credit Provided by Ronald Visconti.

Warning: This story may be disturbing to some listeners.

Ronald Visconti who is Puerto Rican and Black, moved to Eugene over three years ago.  Monday morning he discovered someone painted the N-word along the entire length of the driver’s side of his vehicle, and a noose was found on a recycling container…the second one in as many weeks.

A noose was found on Visconti's recycling container as well, the second one since last week.
Credit Provided by Ronald Visconti.

Visconti suspects a neighbor may have committed the act, but has no immediate proof.

“Somebody said it was a homeless person that might’ve done it. It wasn’t a homeless person. Nothing was looked through, and a piece of rope to a homeless person is priceless right now," scoffed Visconti. 

"I don’t have any words for the love that shown toward my family in this situation.  People want to come help with my car, get the paint off, help buy us cameras.”

Visconti’s wife set up a GoFundMe account to cover the damage to the car, and it’s already exceeded the goal.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

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