Halloween sometimes brings out the weirdos, but apparently, it also encourages racists to come out of the shadows. Along with rocking racially insensitive costumes, some are just blatant with their prejudicies.
This Halloween, one El Paso, Texas woman took her racism public. While kids in her multi-racial neighborhood hit the streets to trick-or-treat, Marta Martinez posted a sign saying, “No blacks welcomed to trick-or-treat,” in order to keep Black children from ringing her door bell.
According to the El Paso Times, “Martinez said she put up the sign ‘because the blacks are harassing me’ and she hoped children walking to nearby Burnet Elementary School would see it and tell black children not to go to her house.”
Neighbors say Martinez “isn’t all there,” but she says she likes Black people, but it’s them who have the problem with her.
“It hurt me to do it,” she said. “I’ve worked with black women all my life. I’ve had black friends. … I have treated blacks with respect and equality especially because they are a minority just like us. I find they have a problem with Mexicans. (Because) we come to their country and we are not familiar with the language and the law.”
She accused “Blacks” of trying to take over her property, and has filed more than 25 lawsuits with the city. Neighbors say Martinez’s property looks rundown and abandoned.
This isn’t the first crazy sign Martinez put up at her home. Another sign references the “Castle Doctrine,” which allows homeowners to shoot trespassers on their property. She has been seen brandishing a riffle and neighbors wonder what will happen next.
Thankfully, Martinez seems to be the only crazy person on the block. Her Hispanic, Black, and White neighbors think Martinez’s sign and actions are not only crazy, but also racist and potentially dangerous.
A neighbor, Angel Ontiveros summed it up, saying, “I don’t think it’s nice. It’s racist. This lady is not all there. She once started yelling to the neighbors (racial slurs and curses). She came out with a shotgun once. What if a little kid goes over there? It’s something you don’t do anymore.”
Have you ever been confronted with a racist sign? How did you deal with it?