Locals supporting family that was racially targeted at campground

A Sacramento TV station reported this weekend that a family enjoying a reunion at a Nevada County campsite had to leave in the middle of the night because of racially charged threats allegedly made by a man in the neighboring campsite.

You can check out this story on abc10.com: http://on.news10.net/1FirenY. (The Union reported this as a police blotter item, but did not write an article. I suspect it will now, given the widespread attention it is receiving, on social media and elsewhere).

This morning a group of locals stepped up to support the family that was involved. It has launched a crowdfunding campaign called “The Allen Family 2016” reunion.

“This campaign is to fund the Allen family’s 2016 Family reunion. Let’s show them what this county is truly about…a community full of compassionate people that values diversity.
It will only be used to purchase a vacation package at local lodging, dining, and attractions.
If you are a business owner, please feel free to donate to further their Nevada County experience!”

One donor commented: “The treatment of your beautiful family is despicable and embarrassing since I am a local and frequent Rollins Lake often. I hope this little bit will help ease your pain and that you can eventually replace negative memories with better ones.”

“I am very overwhelmed by the amount of love and support we have received from other residents of Nevada County,” said another comment. “Although we are not looking to receive any funds at all just want to shed light on the unfortunate incident! It warms my heart to see that it is still good people in the world.”

In addition, the Sacramento TV station interviewed supporters of the family who gathered in Grass Valley today, as part of a followup report.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

10 thoughts on “Locals supporting family that was racially targeted at campground”

  1. The neighborhood around Graceland is African American now. My father, brother and I walked into a Sizzler and found that they were the only whites. We were rather underdressed as the community, we noticed, tended to dress up. We were not treated any differently and no one ever bullied us. We have friends on the south side of Chicago and visiting them and moving about that all black neighborhood has never been scary. We’ve never felt threatened.
    At Sunset Bay, Coos Bay Oregon however we encountered a rather bad experience with white neighbors who partied all night, got drunk and fought, threatened each other with a knife and a gun. The Sheriff came out and the next morning the rangers kicked them out after interviewing us and other campers. They hung around to make sure we weren’t harassed during their pack up and exit. We had been camping every summer at Sunset Bay for 15 years while our granddaughters were growing up and noticed that folks have gotten ruder by with the years. Now with the allowance of guns in National Parks and word of recent shootings and accidents with stray bullets (Colorado campground) I’m feeling grateful that I camped in a safer America.

  2. Wasn’t there an incident like this in Condon Park a few years ago?

    Also the NU Basketball Game and Penn Valley Rodeo. It times like these I am embarrassed and have little patience with our bigoted region. If you want to be racist so be it but keep it to yourself. Freedom of Speech ends at the ears of the threatened family. I really hope this person is charged and convicted. I am sure a vast majority of people in our region do not support this kind of behavior but there seems to be generational bigotry handed down and some transplants that think calling people ragheads is alright and not bigoted, wasn’t he appointed to a county position by Drew Bedwell? Unbelievable!

  3. It’s sad that The Union didn’t report on this incident. I’d like to know who these disgusting people are and where they live. I hope that they’re not from this county. If they are from here we need to make them and their likes know that they’re not welcome here.

    1. Now that it’s received this much attention, I suspect The Union will report on it. There will be new angles, such as whether the DA is on the case. It’s odd, however, that after seeing that police blotter item that no one jumped on it sooner. “The internet is changing how we communicate.”

      1. Tonight, the Sacramento TV station — ABC News 10 — is reporting that a “hate crime investigation is underway.”

  4. I remember my surprise when a prison warden came out eloquently against the death penalty. His reasoning was that the mentality of killing institutionally only served to justify killing personally. That has always stuck with me.

    The same reasoning applies to the institutional punishment of those who are so consumed in racist hate that they act it out. If this fellow is convicted I hope his sentence is community service in a neighborhood of the same race that he was tormenting. He might become a better person.

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