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'KKK' Slur Rallies Lower Macungie Neighbors

Racial incidents have never occurred before, residents say.

The black and white "ribbons" displayed at several homes in a Lower Macungie neighborhood express the reaction of residents to an ugly racial aspersion cast late last week:

They don't like it.

A week ago, an African-American family who lives on Sequoia Drive woke to find that "KKK" had been spray-painted across the garage door of their home and reported it to state police at Fogelsville.

The act has been classified criminal mischief and occurred between 10:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7, police said.

The garage door has since been painted over.

A day or two after the incident, residents found a "ribbon" made of black and white construction paper had been anonymously delivered to each home, according to a neighbor who declined to give her name. 

On the back of each "ribbon" was an anti-racist statement, she said.

Several homes on the street displayed them as a show of support. Some were attached to doors or trees, others were displayed through windows from the inside. At least one was affixed to a garage door.

"We're usually very close-knit and friendly," said the neighbor who has lived on Sequoia Drive for the past eight years.

"Nothing like this has ever happened before," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.

Camilla Greene December 14, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I am so glad some conscious people- whom I am going to assume are dominant culture white people- knew how to take a stand against a racist act. In my experience racism is view as cross burning and "kkk" symbols written on garage doors however these days racism is very subtle. None of us who live in America have escaped the racist conditioning of this society. In the skin I am in I suffer from internalized oppression and stereo-typed threat. My friends and colleagues in white skin do not want to admit that they might have racist thoughts and might make racist statements. We need to be able to have healthy, courageous conversations across our differences so we can create a different anti racist society for our children and grandchildren. In my humble opinion the Lehigh Valley area is behind other areas in the northeast in being able to have courageous conversations about race.
Dave Makuta December 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
It is a sad thing to see happen in such a growing, cultural Township. We should be able to live in a safe place and not have to worry about what might be on our homes when we awake. My daughter is 8 years old and has many friends from all different cultures as we also have many friends that are mixed cultures. As she grew older, she questioned why some of her friends had brown or different skin. We told her " that is how God made them and everyone is special in thier own way just as she is special too." Never has she been cruel , racist, or anythiing. We are a FREE Country! We are all created equal! Shame on the people that have done this! I do hope they are caught and pay for their actions! I also say "I am sorry" to the people that this happened to. We all have a right to be here!
atthebeach December 15, 2012 at 07:07 AM
When my daughter was at Emmaus HS more than once a swastika was drawn on her locker. One asst principal blew it off and had the nerve to say that it wasn't a racist act. It upset my daughter very much. I notified the police but they couldn't do anything. We never caught the students who did this but my daughter suspected who it was. It was an awful situation. This was at least 6-7 yrs ago. I wish I had made a bigger stink about it.
Carl W December 15, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Good comeback, Lower Mac !!! Unfortunately, Penna. has been very big "KKK" state. No pointy hats & burning crosses, just a businessmen blocking them in jobs & promotions, denying loans/mortgages, & even a certain politicians from PA. to FL. trying to block President's re-election, solely based on race. (The latter I didn't know 'til I saw in well-written magazine & newspaper articles).
Carl W December 15, 2012 at 07:14 AM
A-men !!

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