Not In Our Town presents a portrait of a community grappling with a suspected hate crime after an African American family’s home was set on fire in Manhattan Beach, CA. Ronald and Malissia Clinton share their story about the night of the attack, their fear that the attack was racially motivated, and their reaction to the overwhelming community response of support. A few days after the arson at their home, 700 community members gathered in the town square to stand with the Clintons, and hundreds donated to a reward fund for information about the case. One year later, while the case is still under investigation, local law enforcement, school leaders and community members are working to build a safe and inclusive community for all.
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