After having her vacant home vandalized by thieves, an African American homeowner from Flint, Michigan says she had enough. She took matters into her own hands and left a message for her neighborhood:

“This house is a reflection of ignorant niggas.”

After having the windows ripped out and apparently sold for scrap, the unnamed woman–who says she was fixing up the home to help homeless people–decided to fight back with words and hold her community accountable for its actions.

She explained her motives told the local news, “They’re hustling out here. It’s a domino effect and yet we sit back and do nothing in the community.”

After some mentioned being offended by her use of the n-word, the single mom and college student painted over it. But she told reporters she made her point.

“Evidently I got my message across because you guys are here. Well done. I did what I was supposed to do.”

“I know who I am. I know where I’m going so the word does not define me. Not at all.”

The woman’s neighbor feels her pain because she was also a victim of theft.

“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.

The local NAACP branch condemned the use of the n-word, citing ignorance comes in all colors, but I can’t say that I’m mad at the woman. When we start to hold our communities accountable for actions that hurt us all only then will we see actual change.

What do you think of her sign? Was it offensive or on point? 

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