The day after Vonnesha Harris participated in a peaceful protest in downtown Bakersfield, she emerged from her apartment in east Bakersfield to discover her car was on fire.
Harris, 20, said the last time she saw her car in one piece was when she had been sitting in it writing music Monday evening. She eventually left and 20 minutes later a neighbor knocked on her door about 9 p.m. to let her and her family know about a burning vehicle outside.
When Harris stepped outside, she said, she saw her car was in flames.
Once the fire had subsided, Harris said she discovered on the door hateful phrases related to her race and the Black Lives Matter movement. Practically the only word on her car that was suitable for publication was “die.”
The incident left Harris looking for answers.
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