BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - On a quiet North Buffalo street, a derogatory sign hangs from one man's balcony reading "['N'-word] get out."
What might surprise you is that the person who made the sign is an African American man. He hung it in front of his own apartments. He says he feels the message is one he receives from others because of his skin color.
The man did not want to reveal his identity, but called News 4 because he wanted to share his frustrations.
"Yes I wrote the sign to get people to be aware that racism is going on in Buffalo, whether you want to talk about it or not," he said. "If this is going to get you talking, oh well!"
The man says two weeks ago someone wrote the 'N'-word on a sign he put up in support of Mayor Byron Brown. He showed us a picture he says he took of it. He also showed us paperwork he says proves he called police.
"And it was directed at me. Nobody followed up," he said.
The man claims the woman living in the downstairs apartment is the one responsible. News 4 spoke to her while she stood behind a door. She says he's lying.
"Half my family is black," she said. "I would never do that, never."
She says she's not a racist. She claims the man wrote the 'N'-word on the sign himself two weeks ago - not her.
"He's a nuisance; he causes a lot of problems for everybody," the woman said.
Two Buffalo sanitation workers saw the sign and their immediate reaction was not to collect his trash, because they assumed it was directed at their race.
Pastor and councilman Darius Pridgen brought up the topic on his WUFO radio show Friday morning after we told him about the story. But Pridgen doesn't think the sign is the most constructive way to have a healthy discussion about race.
"I wouldn't say it's wrong, I wouldn't say it's right, but I wouldn't encourage it for other people," Pridgen said.
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