Vendor faces racism, again

A San Francisco flower vendor was the subject of an ugly racial epitaph on Wednesday, the second time in less than two years that his place of business has been targeted.

Unknown perpetrators used feces to scrawl out a racial slur on a wall behind the flower stand run by Guy Clark, who is African-American. Clark has operated the Castro area stand at the corner of 15th and Noe streets for over 27 years. He does not own the property where the feces were smeared.

A similar incident occurred just one and a half years earlier, when someone spray painted the letters KKK on a wall near the stand, Clark said.

Clark, who lives just four blocks away from where he operates the flower stand, said he had no idea if the incidents were carried out by the same person.

“They’re related, in that they’re both hate crimes, but I can’t say for sure if it’s the same people committing the crime,” said Clark.

The flower vendor said he had no idea why somebody would be targeting him.

“This is embarrassing,” said Clark. “You might hate people and you might disagree with someone, but to go out and do something like this to a person’s place of work is particularly troubling.”

No arrests have been made in the case, and so far there are no suspects, according to Sgt. Wilfred Williams of the San Francisco Police Department.

Clark said the police have been useful in helping him deal with the crimes, which he says won’t keep him from conducting his business.

“It’s discouraging,” said Clark.  “But I will not be discouraged.”

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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