Vandals defaced an entire neighborhood with racist graffiti, covering about 30 pieces of property with swastikas and slurs.

Residents of the racially diverse Salem Lakes neighborhood woke up on the Fourth of July to find graffiti written in black spray paint on homes, cars, fences and signs. The graffiti - much of it violent and obscene - defamed Jews, blacks and homosexuals.On one spot, vandals wrote "Hitler was right." On another, they used a racist epithet to warn black people to "get ready."

The vandals apparently did not single out individuals, Virginia Beach police spokesman Mike Carey said. Instead, they struck one house after another and painted messages on fences lining several streets.

Residents of the suburban neighborhood set aside holiday plans and worked together to scrub, paint and blast the messages off their property Saturday morning.