Allen QB family leaves town after racist vandalism

In late December 2022, Collin County faced another hate speech attack and last week the target family pulled their children out of Allen High School after they decided to move out of town.

According to Dallas Morning News, former NFL player Mike Hawkins Sr., who has lived in Allen since 2011, woke up around 2:15 a.m. Dec. 28 to his dogs barking outside. He let them in, and later that morning when he let them back in, he found his garage door vandalized with racist slurs. “WE DON’T NEED YOU HERE IN ALLEN [Slur]was spray-painted on the wall of the house.

Hawkins Sr. is the father of Mike Hawkins Jr., a four-star rookie and #1 quarterback in Dallas. Hawkins Jr. is Allen’s highest-ranked quarterback behind Kyler Murray. The family believes the high school student was targeted after putting his house up for sale, intending to move to another house in the area. This has led to speculation that Mike Jr. is transferring from Allen High School.

“I would never have thought this would happen to Mike or my family here,” Hawkins Sr. said. Dallas Morning News. “I’ve heard about what’s going on in Allen, but we’ve never been involved in it.”

The former NFL player said he never personally experienced racist attacks while living in Allen, but he said his son received racist messages on social media when he was the team’s starting quarterback.

In 2022, incidents of anti-black racism in high school football across the country required disciplinary action, and administrators rolled out programs designed to make a lasting impact. While no incidents have been reported in North Texas, such attacks are becoming an ongoing problem in Collin County.

Just last month, the Plano Police Department was investigating a possible hate crime in the Plano area. Racial slurs and biblical references were spray-painted on several cars and houses in the area near Independence Parkway and Parker Road. According to Dallas Morning News, Plano police have identified the 19-year-old suspect, an out-of-state resident who visited family during the holidays.

In the summer of 2022, Stonebridge United Methodist Church in McKinney was vandalized with swastika graffiti and other hate speech. McKinney police said at the time that this was the second time in a year that the church had been attacked.

Just days before this, a video of a woman verbally attacking South Asian American women leaving Sixty Vines in Plano went viral on social media, prompting the Collin County community to band together in solidarity with its Asian residents. In Frisco, members of the police department attended a meeting to discuss the issue and share some advice on how to respond to racially motivated verbal abuse and encouraged residents to report all incidents to the police.

After their home was vandalized, Hawkins Sr. said that with the family’s safety in mind, they decided to move away from Allen. “The first thing that comes to your mind is to keep your children safe,” Hawkins said. “You don’t think about football, you don’t think about college decisions. We haven’t worked as hard to get to this point where you have to be afraid to walk out the door. Just imagine that you have children, and every time they leave the house, this only increases your anxiety.”

Allen ISD replied to Local Profilerequesting a comment stating that while this event did not occur on school property, the district is in contact with the Allen police, helping in any way they can. “We are saddened to learn that the family’s home has been vandalized with hate speech. Any hate speech, no matter where or how it occurs, is against the core beliefs of our school district and has no place in our community.”

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