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Pro-immigrant signs burned in Durham

Posted April 14

— Community activists in Durham said Friday they are disappointed someone set yard signs welcoming those of different backgrounds ablaze.

Four signs, including two calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached, were set on fire Thursday morning outside homes in the 2200 block of Englewood Avenue in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.

Two of the burned signs read, "No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor," in English, Spanish and Arabic.

"Very little surprises me right now as far as the lack of tolerance on people’s opinions, but I do think that this is my space, and I can say what I want. You may not agree, but you’re welcome to talk to me about it, but you’re not welcome to come and damage what I’ve put out," resident Beverly Tucker said. "I’m sure that frightened, ignorant people on both ends of the spectrum are the ones that are either destroying or removing signs they don’t agree with."

Resident Susan Orovitz said she doesn't understand why anyone would consider a sign saying everyone is welcome as controversial enough to destroy.

"It doesn't seem like it's a political sign to me. It seems like I'm just saying (they're) welcome. The thing that's really upsetting to me, as a Jewish person, is, at one point, we weren't welcome," Orovitz said. "Now, it's th eHispanic people and the Muslim people."

Tucker said the signs were burned during daylight hours because embers were still smoldering when she discovered the vandalism shortly after 8 a.m.

Police said they are investigating the incidents.

Tucker had already replaced her pro-immigrant sign by Friday morning, and she and Orovitz said they will not let a scare tactic silence their opinions.

"Durham’s a great place, and I’m proud to have neighbors from all over, and I want to be welcoming. I think the city and state should be," Tucker said.

"I’m going to resist and persist," Orovitz said. "It’s free speech. I wasn’t hurting anybody. To have someone damage my property seems just extreme."


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  • Brian McLean Apr 15, 2017
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    Fire bomb of Republican headquarters == singed sign?
    Look at way wral carried fire bomb story.
    Do have to hold yalls hands?

  • NC Tom Apr 15, 2017
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    Marvin nailed it and Mary is f o a m I n g at the mouth

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 15, 2017
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    Expressing your views in a yard sign shouldn't be a good reason for someone to vandalise your property. With the exception of blatant vulgarity, and even then the sign should be removed or covered up. Stepping onto someone's property can lead to a confrontation that could easily get out of hand. Cowardly acts by ignorant people.

  • Andrew Stephenson Apr 14, 2017
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    Yeah, that was headline news locally for DAYS.

    But wait, there wasn't even any video footage of it happening, which Brian stated earlier, was a requirement to prove that it wasn't fake news. So I guess that was all staged by the Republicans?

  • Victor Cruz-Saez Apr 14, 2017
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    Actually, the fire bombing of the republican party offices in Hillsborough were big news in all the triangle and triad stations.

  • Susan Olvera Apr 14, 2017
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    This isn't fake news. In a local FB group the owner of this sign received a letter of complaint from her property management company made by a resident. I saw the complaint letter. They were told to have their structure approved with one of the HOA committee's first. It was ridiculous. The owner vowed to not remove their sign. Obviously the person complaining took it a step further.

  • Andrew Stephenson Apr 14, 2017
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    Seems pretty real to me.

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  • Clarence Drumgoole Apr 14, 2017
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    Stupid, "Hate Crime"! Some people will go to jail for nonsense.

  • Brian McLean Apr 14, 2017
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    Some of us read multiple news sources so it is easy to pick up on fake news.
    The fire bombing of republican headquarters in orange county not news but this is huge.