To people from my generation the thought of a “whites only” sign is absurd. We were not alive when this was commonplace and, although we acknowledge racism exists and is alive and well, we rarely see it so prominently displayed. That’s what I thought until I saw this sign posted outside the playground at Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford, Delaware:
As you can see the sign looks much like any other playground sign. There is a message in English stating that you must have parental or guardian supervision to play, and that playing is at your own risk. It is when you read what the Spanish portion of the sign that you realize this sign isn’t friendly at all and the people who put it up clearly didn’t want Spanish-speaking children playing on their playground. According to Google Translate, the Spanish portion of the sign says:
“You must have a permit to play in that field,” with the small writing underneath stating, “Violators will be subject to police action.”
Keep in mind this school is in Sussex County, the most conservative county in Delaware according to election results, being the only county in which Mitt Romney polled better than Barack Obama.
Some may be saying it was probably an honest mistake and that possibly the school didn’t know the two messages were different. But according to City Data, Milford is 15.8% Hispanic. They must have at least one Spanish speaking teacher on staff. On top of that, there are other pictures, including one in which the English and Spanish both say you need a permit.
This doesn’t look like a mistake, it looks like pure, unadulterated racism and it is sickening. What are we doing, going back to the pre 60s? Or is racism ok so long as it’s against Hispanic people? I say, neither; racism is as ugly as it has always been and we need to fight it. Please share this post and make this story go viral. Also, please feel free to call or send a letter to the school at:
Lulu Ross Elementary School
310 Lovers Lane
Milford, Delaware 19963
Let them know that their English and Spanish signs say two different things. Let them know we don’t stand for segregation in our playgrounds, or anywhere, and that Hispanic people have just as much right to enjoy a playground, without a permit, as white people. Together we can show this is not ok. Together we can fight this racism.
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Segway Jeremy Ryan has become a full-time member of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Formerly a businessman, he gave up his business to join the fight for the middle class in the State of Wisconsin. He rides a Segway due to a heart condition. Through videos and writings he has informed hundreds of thousands of people about what was going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol once the mainstream media had mostly abandoned the protests. He has been arrested 38 times mainly for silently filming or holding up a sign in the Capitol.