International Market Plaza targeted by white supremacy group’s graffiti
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A local business is asking for clean up help from the community after officials say graffiti known to be tied to a white supremacy group was spray painted in downtown Fargo.
Of the 18 businesses located inside International Market Plaza at 1345 Main Ave., only a few doors were open Wednesday morning after what’s believed to be white supremacy graffiti was slapped on the side of its building.
“It’s not what they wrote, it’s what they have done. The damage. It’s huge because the customers are not coming right now. The tenants aren’t coming because they are scared for their lives,” Fowzia Adde, Executive Director of Immigrant Development Center said.
“I just pray for the world to be united and change,” Ruth Ehrich, owner of Ruth’s Fashion located inside of the Plaza said.
Fargo Police say it’s the third report of this type of vandalism officers have taken in 2022. Adde says while the plaza does have cameras, they didn’t catch the vandalism or those behind it.
“We don’t know why they chose our building,” she said. “The Fargo that I love and the Fargo I care about is different. I have a different picture of Fargo. This is not the Fargo that I know.”
“I’ve never seen hatred like I’ve seen here. And it’s sad,” Faith Dixon, a local Black Lives Matter leader and activist said.
Patriot Front, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a far-right extremist group that branched off from a neo-Nazi organization that participated in the Charlottesville rally.
Dixon and Adde called those behind the graffiti cowards, and say they they don’t and will never understand the hatred of someone’s skin color.
“‘What’s wrong with you? I want to meet you, I want to have coffee with you! Why are you hiding? Come out!’” Adde said.
“We will not tolerate hate in this community,” Dixon said.
“White people, black people; We are family,” Ehrich said.
And that’s what the Plaza wants to focus on; They’re calling on the community to help clean up the mess and re-paint the murals that both represent and celebrate the many cultures in the F-M area to show the vandals and those like-minded that Fargo has no place for hate.
“The only thing we need right now is to move forward, help each other and be the real Fargoans we are,” Adde said.
An GoFundMe has been setup for clean up costs.
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