A not-so-friendly neighbor has put a racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) flag in the window and is standing in front of the house of a black neighbor in Michigan.
According to The Detroit Free Press, the ex-husband of Je Donna Dinges noticed The bigoted utensils were hanging on Grosse Pointe Park’s house when he took out their rubbish on February 15.
The 57-year-old woman has lived in the apartment for over ten years and a local news agency asked about her reaction when she saw the flag.
“I said I know there isn’t a Klan sign in the window next door,” said Dinges FOX 2. “And I opened the curtains and looked, and sure enough there was a Klan sign in the window next door.”
An angry thing couldn’t believe the boldness of the neighbor.
Screenshot courtesy of Je Donna Dinges
“I was angry. How dare he put a symbol of hatred, violence and domestic terrorism on his window of my house?” Said Dinges told The Detroit Free Press.
FOX 2 too reported that this is not the first time the racist neighbor has posed a threat to the boutique owner.
A few weeks before the flag debacle, Dinges announced that someone had left a full gasoline can in their trash can. The incident prompted the woman to install surveillance cameras in front of the neighbor’s house.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Dinges notified State and federal law enforcement agencies sought help regarding the KKK flag, but they did not provide assistance. It wasn’t until Dinges’ friend contacted WDIV Local News 4 that the police addressed the problem.
“In less than an hour,” after WDIV reporter Mara MacDonald contacted city officials, the police went to the neighbor’s house.
“Detectives coming from the Grosse Pointe Park Police Department told me the neighbors signed the Klan sign because I put a camera on my windowsill to record what happened at the side of my house, around me to protect. Thing told FOX 2.
When detectives asked the neighbor’s girlfriend why they hadn’t spoken to Dinges over the camera, the two claimed they were “non-confrontational people.”
But putting an insulting and racist icon in a window isn’t aggressive?
The Detroit Free Press reported that the perpetrators had finally dropped the flag.
Officials at Grosse Pointe Park posted a statement on the incident via Facebook on February 17.
“On Tuesday, February 16, around 3:00 p.m., the Public Security Department of Grosse Pointe Park was made aware of a Ku Klux Klan flag that was hung in a window in front of the home of an African American woman. The officers were immediately sent home to investigate and address the situation. Officials contacted a resident of the house who was flying the flag and the resident agreed to remove the flag from the window due to its offensive nature. “
“The Public Safety Department in Grosse Pointe Park serves all residents of our community, regardless of race, skin color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or religion. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all residents in this community and we take seriously all matters brought to our department. Intolerance, hatred and ignorance have no home in the park, ”the statement continued.
“Real or perceived threats will not be tolerated. The department reviews the facts and their records to ensure that their officers have consistently acted appropriately and in accordance with guidelines. If legal action is allowed or warranted by law, the city will take such action. “
“The Mayor, City Council, Public Safety Department and City Administrator have contacted the resident who reported the flag to offer our support and assistance. We are committed to ensuring that residents feel safe and that everyone in our community is welcome and respected. “
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Senator Adam Hollier, who represents the area, said there should be more protection against such acts.
“After a fire hazard, a black resident of Grosse Pointe Park got a surveillance camera for the side of her house. In response, her neighbors hung a KKK flag in her window, pointing at her. We need stricter laws to protect people from such intimidation, ”he said.
After a fire hazard, a black resident of Grosse Pointe Park got a surveillance camera for the side of her house. In response, her neighbors hung a KKK flag in her window, pointing at her. We need stricter laws to protect people from such intimidation attempts. https://t.co/aDuUZCg8rU pic.twitter.com/WF2wYEDKGZ
– Senator Adam Hollier (@ Adamant4Detroit) February 17, 2021
A report of the incident was sent to the Wayne County Attorney’s Office, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Grosse Pointe Park is aIn an affluent suburb of Detroit’s east side with just over 11,000 residents. According to the niche, the city is 85% white.