Stockton’s Little Manila Center Vandalized in Possible Hate Crime

STOCKTON -- The Little Manila Center in Stockton was vandalized by someone who tore down window posters and painted racially charged words on the storefront.

The center's staff says the vandalism is being investigated by police as a possible hate crime because the words "white" and "brainwashed bigots" were used.

A witness said he saw what he described as a crazy woman as the culprit who used nail polish to write on the windows.

The center was created three years ago to celebrate the area's rich Filipino American history and educate residents about the contributions immigrants have made to the economy and cultural heritage of the community.

The center's executive director Dillon Delvo says he wasn't surprised that his center was attacked given the highly charged political climate in the country.

"You want to create a better world for your children, but in reality we don't live a post-racial world," Delvo expressed.

He says people can find out more about the center and its educational goals on its website, littlemanila.org.