Homeowner Defends Offensive Sign
POSTED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 6:11pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 8:58am
NORTHEAST EL PASO- The woman who put out an offensive yard sign that is still on her property is speaking out on Monday night.
The Northeast El Paso woman is defending the sign that says no blacks are welcomed to trick-or-treat at her house Monday night.
We first brought you this story on Friday and spoke with people who say that kind of message doesn’t truly represent their community.
As a Mexican American, Marta Martinez says she respects all minorities except African Americans.
Neighbors have been complaining about the sign since last week, and as trick-or-treaters get ready to head out, Marta Martinez says she hopes the message on her sign is clear.
"I am hoping to keep away African American children and their parents who come trick or treating because I have had enough,” said Martinez.
As a Mexican American, Martinez says she hasn't always had such ill feelings towards African Americans.
"I have always been a multicultural person, and I have regarded everybody as human beings and with respect and equal, especially here in American. Unfortunately, I have had some problems with African Americans,” said Martinez.
Martinez says in years prior she was welcoming to African American children.
"Unfortunately because of their attitude being negative, abusive about authority, and even above god,” said Martinez.
Last week, African American neighbors told Newschannel Nine what they felt about the sign.
"It's just a major setback, and I’m young. I’m only 25-years-old and for me to have to go through this. It's something that I know my parents, and grandparents had to go through, and it's just something I wouldn't expect today,” said Crystal Thompson.
"It's like, these are just children. That is what the spirit is for, is for the children. Even if you don't want black kids around your children, you don't have to advertise it,” said Andre Sherman.
Neighbors will not only avoiding her house this Halloween. They say they will be avoiding her at all costs.