Patrick Emory, President, Milford Board of Education: Take down racist Spanish-language signs in Milford school playgrounds
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Mary Betts

Patrick Emory, President, Milford Board of Education: Take down racist Spanish-language signs in Milford school playgrounds

    1. Darrell Lucus
    2. Petition by

      Darrell Lucus

      Charlotte, NC

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January 2013

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Darrell Lucus: Earlier today, the superintendent of schools, Phyllis Kohel, found out about the signs and ordered them taken down.

Recently, talk show host Dan Gaffney discovered that the playground at Lulu M. Ross Elementary School have signs in Spanish that, translated, read "You must have a permit to play on this field; violators will be subject to arrest." However, the English-language signs just above it merely say, "Parental or guardian supervision is required for the use of this equipment; play at your own risk."  Similar signs have been discovered at Mispillion Elementary School.

The difference between the two signs is far too great for this to be a good-faith mistake. The only plausible conclusion one can draw is that these signs are a deliberate attempt to intimidate Latino kids into not using the playgrounds. This is racist, outrageous, unacceptable, and a flagrant violation of both the Delaware and federal constitutions.

These Spanish-language signs must be taken down, and the people responsible for putting them up must be held to account.

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    • Peggie Feddersen RALEIGH,, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      This sign is mucho bad.

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    • Joyce Bond PARADISE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is shocking that you are threatening Latino children with arrest if they play at this playground without a permit! Why would you post signs like this? What makes Spanish-speaking children inferior in your eyes to English-speaking ones?!?

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    • Shannon Sudderth DURHAM, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a Spanish teacher and a teacher working with a diverse population, I find this deliberate mistranslation inexcusable.

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    • Darrell Lucus CHARLOTTE, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      What a horrible attempt to intimidate Latino kids. This is as racist as it gets.

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