Advertisement

Home of former Edmonton Eskimo target of hateful graffiti

Click to play video '‘It sure was humiliating’: Ellis daughters on graffiti' ‘It sure was humiliating’: Ellis daughters on graffiti
WATCH ABOVE: The home of former Edmonton Eskimo Craig Ellis was the target of hateful graffiti last week. His daughters decided to speak out about the incident – Sep 26, 2017

Someone spray painted “KKK” on the garage door of the home of former Edmonton Eskimos player Craig Ellis last week.

Ellis is a former CFL and NFL running back. He played for the Eskimos from 1989 to 1995.

READ MORE: Edmonton police watching for increase in hate crimes following violence in Charlottesville

His daughters say they were shocked to discover the vandalism.

“Somebody might not have died here but it sure was humiliating standing outside and watching people drive by and your garage has KKK on it,” Brittani Ellis said.

“It makes you feel like you’ve got your clothes off in the middle of the street.

“Even on a small degree that we saw it here, it’s big enough for us that we wanted to talk about it and say: this isn’t OK, let’s use this as a teachable moment and let’s be nicer to each other.”

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Racial slur captured on video in Edmonton spurs #MakeItAwkward social media campaign 

Watch below: A shocking show of racism was directed against a former Edmonton Eskimo last week. Nancy Carlson explains.

Click to play video 'Hateful graffiti found on former Edmonton Eskimo’s garage door' Hateful graffiti found on former Edmonton Eskimo’s garage door
Hateful graffiti found on former Edmonton Eskimo’s garage door – Sep 26, 2017

The women said their father is quite private and didn’t want to highlight the act any further, but supported them in speaking out.

“I think a little part of him was embarrassed. He thought if he gave it any attention it would mean they won,” Jasmyn said.

“But his message to us was that: ‘I support you and I want your generation to speak up on this.'”

Both Brittani and Jasmyn are finding a silver lining in this experience. They said strangers have been approaching them, apologizing for the act and saying that’s not the Edmonton they know.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Edmontonians gather for anti-racism rally, speak out against controversial historical figure 

“When I posted it on social media, I had so many people reach out to me,” Jasmyn said. “I went to work and a guy that I hadn’t talked to in years… figured out where I lived, where my dad lived, and while I was at work, he went in and removed the letters as best he could. He sent me a photo and he said: ‘It’s not perfect but it’s better.'”

“This outpouring of support?” she added. “This city is amazing and we should be focusing on that.”

Craig Ellis played for the Edmonton Eskimos between 1989 and 1995. Courtesy: Brittani Ellis
Craig Ellis played for the Edmonton Eskimos between 1989 and 1995. Courtesy: Brittani Ellis
Craig Ellis played for the Edmonton Eskimos between 1989 and 1995. Courtesy: Edmonton Eskimos
The Ellis garage was the target of hateful graffiti overnight. Sept. 25, 2017. Courtesy: Brittani Ellis
The Ellis garage was the target of hateful graffiti overnight. Sept. 25, 2017. Courtesy: Brittani Ellis
The Ellis garage was the target of hateful graffiti overnight. Sept. 25, 2017. Courtesy: Brittani Ellis

 

Advertisement

Sponsored content