Erin Zettle of Lapeer, Michigan, was shocked when she returned home to find that a vandal had painted a swastika on the front door of her house. The black symbol, which was used as the emblem of the German Nazi Party, appears to have been applied with spray paint.
Zettle posted on Facebook that she "cried, and cried" after discovering the graffiti. Asking "Was it religious or political or just nasty?" "The thing is," she added, "this isn’t my community. This is happening in my community, but I will not judge my community based on the worst of actions."
As she prepared to cover the swastika in paint, she had a change of heart and decided to do something positive instead.
The quote reads:
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light."
"I decided that some random idiot was not going to make me paint my door and I wanted to answer back," she explained: "Look, usually blind optimism and this level of naivete make me a little nauseous, too."
And she took to Facebook to encourage people to speak up against racism.
"What I really want is for people to see that this happened in our community. It happened to someone they know. And so maybe the next time they hear something in line at the grocery store they will say 'no, thank you...not here, not today, not ever.'"
The next day, she replaced the quote with one from Martin Luther King: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."