Friday, October 4, 2013

Knuckle-dragging morons vandalize L5P's Charis Books & More

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

A pack of fools last night defaced Charis Books & More, one of the country's oldest and last remaining feminist bookstores, with anti-gay graffiti.

According to the Georgia Voice, the first to report the news, the misspelled scribblings and spray-painted penis appeared on the side of the lesbian-owned bookstore in Little Five Points after it hosted a literary event.

You can see photos of the graffiti at the Voice and on Charis' Facebook page. Reports Dyana Bagby:

An anonymous person called the Atlanta Police Department at approximately 11:14 p.m. to report seeing men loitering and painting the walls of the "bookstore behind the Brewhouse pub."

"On the west-facing wall, open to the parking lot, I observed four pieces of graffiti which contained anti-lesbian messages," the police report states.

Charis' Thursday literary event finished about 10 p.m. and everyone was out of the store by 10:15 p.m., so the vandalism occurred right after everyone was gone, said co-owner Sara Luce Look.

"We've gotten threatening phone calls, mostly about being race traitors during the HB 87 debate [Charis was opposed to the anti-immigration bill passed in the General Assembly and offered its store as a safe space for undocumented people], bible tracts being left in our store," Anderson said. "But no, we've been blessedly free of foolishness throughout our many years."

Officer Brian Sharpe, the APD's LGBT liaison, reportedly responded to the incident. Elizabeth Anderson, the executive director of Charis' nonprofit arm, told Bagby that she doesn't know if the vandalism was related to last night's event and that other L5P businesses were also hit with graffiti last night.

The bookstore wrote on its Facebook page earlier today that it planned to prime the defaced wall this afternoon in anticipation for a community mural. If you have any information about the vandalism, call the APD.

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