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Anti-immigrant graffiti painted on KCMO business

Anti-immigrant graffiti painted on KCMO business
Posted at 7:20 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 20:20:24-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anti-immigrant graffiti was painted on a locally-owned business sometime over the weekend.

Someone wrote "immigrants not welcome" on the exterior wall of Browne's Irish Market near 33rd and Pennsylvania.

"I wasn't aware of anything and then one of our customers came in and said 'I'm sorry about your building.' I then went 'What do you mean?' and he brought me out and I saw it," said owner Jon McClain.

On its website, the market said it's the oldest Irish business in North America. The site said the business opened in 1887. McClain said members of his family immigrated from Ireland.

"We are not about hate. We are about kindness and love. Its a shame that somebody was ignorant enough to put that on the outside of our building," said McClain. "Our political environment right now seems to be nurturing a lot of this type of activity. I feel like in many ways we've stepped back about 50 years."

McClain said he did call police and file a report. He said officers told him they would assign a detective to the case.