SAN ANTONIO – Hundreds of hate crimes have been reported across the country since Donald Trump's presidential win and now, San Antonio is a part of the list.
Saturday morning, Drew Galloway and his partner woke up to a hateful message on their car at their apartment complex on the city’s northeast side.
Someone had taken a permanent marker and wrote: "It's over F-word (a derogatory term for a gay man)."
"Our sons, 12 and 10-years-old saw what was written on the car and so we've had a lot of hard discussions," said Galloway. "It came to our attention that it was probably a neighbor who did this. It definitely made us feel vulnerable in this community."
Galloway said the San Antonio police officers who responded to the incident helped them wipe the message off the car.
"SAPD was really phenomenal. They talked to us. They helped us put hand sanitizer on the car which took most of the writing off," Galloway said.
Galloway said he believes the heightened emotions after the presidential election is to blame for the cruel attack.
The 'Southern Poverty Law Center,' a non-profit organization that monitors hate groups and other extremists, has counted more than 200 incidents of harassment or intimidation since Election Day.
On Sunday, president-elect Donald Trump responded to the surge in hate crimes across the nation during an interview on CBS's ‘60 Minutes.’ He said he was "so saddened" to hear minorities were being targeted.
"And I say, "Stop it." If it, if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it," Trump said.
Galloway said since Saturday, he's received an outpouring of support from the community. He said he’s received phone calls, text messages, and tweets.
Galloway lives in District 10 that is represented by city councilman Mike Gallagher. Galloway had tweeted Gallagher about the incident.
Gallagher sent us a statement:
“When I received Mr. Galloway’s tweets, my heart sank. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. San Antonio prides itself on its diversity, and to see others acting out in such anger and hate is deeply saddening. However, I am proud to see such great assistance by the San Antonio Police Department and thank our officers who continue to lend a hand every day across San Antonio. My sincerest sympathies go out to the Galloway family, as they recover from this incident. There will always be more work to be done as a community, as a city, and as a nation. It is up to all of us to make San Antonio a great, and safe place to live, work and play.”
"I think we as a society, we are our brothers and sisters keepers and it's our job to look out for vulnerable communities,” said Galloway. “So, while one person caused this, there were so many others that spoke out against it and that's very comforting. That's the real San Antonio.”
Galloway also happens to be the executive director of ‘Move San Antonio,’ a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps youth get involved in politics. Galloway said he plans to have a discussion with the young people he works with about the incident that occurred with his family.
(© 2017 KENS)