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A black woman in Flint, MI, is not taking her home robbery lightly. The woman, who appears to be personally offended by the home invasion, spray painted the words, “This house is a reflection of ignorant n***as,” on a piece of plywood on her porch in an attempt to send a message to the community.
The woman, who has two children in college, told ABC News she intended to use the house to help the homeless. Instead, thieves took it upon themselves to vandalize her home by ripping out the windows so they could get scrap metal.
“They’re hustling out here,” said. “It’s a domino effect and yet we sit back and do nothing in the community.”
Some neighbors empathize with the woman. “I can understand just how frustrated the lady is. Somebody stole my pipes out of this house before I got here,” said neighbor Ladale Woods.
Others felt her frustration was misguided. “It’s ignorant of anyone to write that,” Martin Beard, a resident on the block, told Mlive.com.
The local NAACP Chapter President Frances Gilcreast agreed, saying the sign was a greater display of ignorance than the robbery.
“That’s a word that has long been offensive. I’m just appalled that in 2011 these things continue to happen.”
While the woman eventually spray painted over the n-word because people were offended by it, she takes the media attention as proof that her actions were successful.
“Evidently I got my message across because you guys are here,” she told ABC. “Well done. I did what I was supposed to do.”
And for people who believe her actions were ignorant, she said she disagrees. “I know who I am. I know where I’m going so the word does not define me. Not at all.”
You can view a video of the live report here. What do you think about this woman’s actions? Do you agree that she proved a point with her sign? Or did her actions send the wrong message?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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