Ronald and Malissia Clinton live in a lovely community outside Los Angeles, and last week someone firebombed their home in what the couple believes was a racially motivated hate crime.
“I don’t have proof, I don’t have any type of motive, but I do have a gut,” Ronald Clinton, who works as a pharmacist, told My Fox LA. “And I tell you—my gut tells me this was racially motivated. And it was somebody that had the intent to harm, injure or even kill us.
“I just know there is no other reason to target us,” he told the Daily Breeze. “We have no enemies. Why us?”
According to My Fox LA, around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone took a gasoline-filled tire, leaned it against the front door of the Clintons’ home in the Los Angeles suburb of Manhattan Beach and then lit the tire on fire. Ronald Clinton told the news station that he was asleep during the attack but was awakened after hearing two loud explosions. His wife, a corporate lawyer, was out of town when the attack occurred.
Ronald Clinton told the news station that he gathered his three children and the dog and ran out of the house. He used a hose to douse the flames until the Fire Department arrived. According to My Fox LA, the Clintons’ $3.5 million home suffered some $200,000 in damage in the blaze.
“This is not what our community is all about, and we’re going to get the person who did this,” Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell told ABC 7. According to ABC 7, Manhattan Beach’s population is about 84 percent white.
The Clintons’ first reaction was that they needed to move out of the neighborhood, but once news spread of the attack, hundreds in the community gathered to show their support for the Clinton family.
“It was just amazing to see the turnout,” Ronald Clinton told ABC 7.